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Volunteer today for racing charities!


Charities working across the sport are frequently in need of valuable support from volunteers – on an ongoing basis or just to support a particular event.

Volunteering is a great way to help the causes you support, and can even boost your CV and help you make new friendships.

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Opportunities to volunteer with racing industry charities will be found through Careers in Racing and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

A selection of charities that rely on volunteers:

  • Racing Welfare
  • Palace House
  • Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre
  • The Racehorse Rescue Centre
  • The British Thoroughbred Rehoming Centre
  • Greatwood
  • and more…

Example roles include administrative or specialist business support, fundraising-specific tasks, or hands-on with horses.

Click the logos below to find volunteering opportunities…

Careers in Racing:

Sport and Recreation Alliance – Join In:

If you are a racing charity looking to recruit volunteers, simply contact lucy@racingtoschool.co.uk for further information on how we can help you.

06 December 2019

Racing to School reaches its 15,000th participant in 2019 at Sandown Park

On Friday 6 December, Racing to School staff welcomed Year 7 pupils from local Esher High School to Sandown Park Racecourse for a maths activity day. What made today even more special was that within this school group enjoying access-all-areas was the charity’s 15,000th participant this year.

This new milestone marks a remarkable rise from the 10,000 young people coming through the Racing to School Programme just a few years ago.

“What is perhaps most pleasing about the charity’s growth, for which we should like to thank our funders and staff, is that this has been achieved without any drop in quality as evidenced in our feedback,” said Chief Executive John Blake.

“Around 65% of our pupils this year – about 9,750 children – were visiting the racecourse for the very first time. Overall, 97% of all students indicated an increased positive perception of the sport and 96% said they would like to come racing again in future. At a time when the sport faces uncertainty in some key areas, we hope that these figures will offer reassurance to everyone who supports the next generation’s engagement with horseracing.”

Providing impetus to the increase in participant has been launch of new initiatives, such as the two Beacon projects in Newmarket and Aintree, and the Riders’ Programme with its focus on young equestrians gaining knowledge about careers in the sport.

“It is great to reach this milestone before the end of the year and we plan to improve our record again with around 390 activity learning days planned for 2020,” added John Blake.

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