Racing to School
The charity that inspires young minds
Racing to School (reg no.1040590) is an education charity that aims to inspire young minds through the provision of free, interactive, and healthy outdoor educational events for schools, staged at a variety of racing venues. In 2021, Racing to School delivered 221 events across the country – engaging over 8,000 young people. This year we are aiming to reach a diverse group of 16,000 young people.
The charity works with young people with special educational needs and over one third of output is targeted to engage those from inner city, rural and deprived areas. Their team has 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.
As the sport’s largest community programme, 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.
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 two Programmes:
The 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, support is offered to schools in their careers education provision by raising awareness of the career opportunities available. This work engages a range of practitioners to give insight and advice to young people.
Launched in 2016, 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 universities to offer a unique insight into the horseracing industry.
Racing to School offer Horse and Pony Racing Taster Sessions as part of a five-year collaborative programme with the Pony Racing Authority, Pony Club and the BHA’s Careers in Racing team. The Pony Racing Pathway Project offers a formal pathway into the horseracing industry for young people through pony racing, no matter what their background.