Racing Together Community Day returned on Thursday 5 May
What is Racing Together Community Day?
- British racing’s national day of employee volunteering.
- Initiated to collectively inspire and showcase racing working in its local communities, showing that it’s fun to give back alongside colleagues.
- The 4th annual Racing Together Community Day took place on Thursday 5th May 2022.
- Activity co-ordinated by Racing Together ranged from hands-on work to careers days and environmental clean-ups.
- A nationwide initiative, supported online via the website, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #RTCommunityDay
- Over 65 racing organisations signed up to give back to their local communities through volunteering in excess of 2,000 hours. Watch the round up video below:
A record level of participation was achieved for the first Racing Together Community Day staged since 2019. The annual initiative, interrupted by the pandemic, is an opportunity for a range of racing businesses and charities nationwide to engage with and support their communities through local volunteering activities. Over 65 organisations from across the sport in locations nationwide embraced the day by giving up their time to help others.
John Blake, CEO of Racing Together, said: “This is the first Racing Together Community Day since the pandemic but it’s important to acknowledge that the sport’s voluntary effort did not stop during this time even with so much disruption and with depleted resources. Community Day is an opportunity for racing teams to enjoy working outside of their usual roles to have a real impact on local communities. We also know that there are charity and community partnerships that are formed at this time but that often continue beyond this one day.”
Thinking of taking part next year? View and download the information pack here.
ITV Racing’s Luke Harvey interviewing Racing Together Community Engagement Manager Lucy Gurney at Chester’s May Festival:
“We are so grateful for the help and time the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre team are giving to The Centre today. I have Multiple Sclerosis and struggle with the amount of jobs to do here, so this is such a great help.”
Gary, Groundsperson at The Centre @ Halton community hub
“Our team of Newmarket racing-related businesses had an amazing opportunity to improve our local area this week through sign cleaning, litter picking and much more. It was a fantastic example of team working and we hope has made a visible difference to our local area.”
John Gilbert, Chief Executive of the Racing Centre
2022 Community Day in pictures:
Scottish Racing Academy and Scottish Racing
Scottish Racing Academy together with Scottish Racing staff collected and sorted through donations of riding clothes and equipment. The aim was to break down the barriers of participation to horse riding. The second-hand clothes and equipment were donated to charitable riding centres around the racecourses and given to people who wanted to learn how to ride but can’t afford the necessary kit.
Go Racing in Yorkshire
Go Racing in Yorkshire teamed up with its member racecourses to volunteer at New Beginnings Racehorse Rehoming Centre.
Racing teams from the betting company teamed up with racecourses and racing organisations close to their regional hubs to support activity, including a full day helping out at the National Horseracing College for their nine-strong Yorkshire team.
Richard Phillips Racing
Richard hosted a morning on the gallops and yard tour in aid of Kate’s Home Nursing.
The Jockey Club and Racing Welfare
Jockey Club Racecourses and Racing Welfare worked together to volunteer for food banks in their local communities, which includes collecting supermarket donations and packing and storing food.
Ascot tied their Community Day Activity in with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They planted 70 oak trees adjacent to the Royal Procession route along Duke’s Lane in Windsor Great Park. On 10th May each tree will be dedicated to one of the 70 local schools, one for each year of HM reign. Ascot is also holding a schools art competition where local students can win funds for their school and Amazon vouchers for themselves.
British Racing School
Students from course 361, accompanied by Operations Director Duncan Gregory, joined a local litter pick as part of the day.
BHA and Careers in Racing
As part of Community Day, the BHA together with Careers in Racing will host a careers day at High Holborn in late May. A school group will visit departments from Finance to Marketing and take part in interactive activities highlighting the varied career paths available in the racing industry, and relatable job roles that are undertaken in the building.
The racecourse team is engaging with Ludlow council to mow, strim and coordinate a general tidy up of public spaces and litter pick. The team will also help out at Ludlow Foodbank. Their activity take place next week after this Sunday’s racing fixture.
Racing Together Community Day returned on 5 May 2022 – read here