The education charity Racing to School (Reg no.1040590) delivers free outdoor learning activities for young people at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the country. At present, the charity works with approximately 250 primary and secondary schools and delivers around 390 events each year. Racing to School plans to engage a record 15,400 beneficiaries in 2020.
The charity also works with young people with special educational needs and over one third of our output in 2019 is targeted to engage those from inner city, rural and deprived areas. Our staff have a range of industry backgrounds including former jockeys who have retrained to develop their second careers, and their experience is invaluable as the charity introduces horseracing as an accessible sport to young people.
In 2016 the charity launched two new Programmes: the Riders’ and Work Programme. Racing to School also delivers two Beacon Projects: the Aintree Beacon Project and Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project, which focus on engaging schools in racing areas with a bespoke programme of learning activity.
Racing to School runs three Programmes:
Our Education Programme engages young people at racing-related venues. Each young person is given a workbook that focuses on numeracy and literacy and contains a range of resources that supports the delivery of interactive and outdoor learning. The pupils and teachers are encouraged to continue working with the racing-themed books back in school.
For secondary school pupils, we also offer to support schools in their careers education provision by raising awareness of the career opportunities racing has to offer. This work engages a range of practitioners to give insight and advice to young people.
The Riders’ Programme encourages young people who already ride and/or have an interest in another equine discipline to consider racing and thoroughbred breeding as a possible career route or leisure activity. The charity works with equine colleges and Pony Club branches across the country.
Racing to School leads the Racing Together partnership, which represents the wide variety of community engagement work undertaken by racing and youth charities, and commercial organisations whose work benefits others.