We're delighted to welcome the charity Racing to School to Chester today on Boodles City Day and also the pupils and teachers from Helsby Hillside Primary School.
The children have been here since early this morning and have been hard at work around the racecourse participating in various activities that link in with their key school curriculum subjects, whilst also learning lots of facts and information about the horseracing industry.
For many of these schoolchildren, today will be their first visit to a racecourse and they're hard to miss, dressed up in jockeys’ silks. Ragergoers with time to spare should stop to say hello, they might tell you the perimeter measurement of the parade ring, or even explain how a jockey’s weight is calculated!
The small charity Racing to School does a wonderful job taking over 10,000 young people each year to racecourses, trainers’ yards and studs, giving them a really unique and valuable experience – not only to help with their learning but also to give them a taste of racing and what it has to offer, as a leisure activity and perhaps even as a future career.
The charity relies completely on voluntary donations to carry out its free education programme and with the support of racing fans is planning to inspire even more young minds in the future.
Today's visit supports the RCA Give & Gain initiative supported by the RCA and Racing Together. Chester is lucky enough to be participating in today's Give & Gain Day in conjunction with Racing to School initiative and is pleased to be able to support such a proactive project.
John Blake, CEO Racing to School, said:
“Give & Gain is a great concept that inspires and acknowledges employee volunteering nationwide. Racing shows year-round willingness and enthusiasm to support communities in different ways and the Racing Together Give & Gain Day on May 12th is a focus for the sport to be creative in working together to help others.”
Click here to find out more about Racing to School.