4th September, 2017

Racing to School is recruiting a new Fundraising and Communications Executive, and is looking for someone to join our London… More

20th July, 2017

The education charity Racing to School is delighted to announce that the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association has decided to… More

10th July, 2017

The Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project will run for a minimum of three years, Racing to School supports the school… More

1st June, 2017

The charity is delighted to welcome two new Trustees to support our work.  More

31st May, 2017

A short video by Jessica Mclernon who is the 2016 winner of the Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Travel Scholarship. Jessica… More

12th May, 2017

An exciting day for Racing to School, our Chief Executive John Blake and Education Officer Carrie Ford were interviewed by… More

End of Term Report signals success of Riders’ Programme

11th July, 2017

Independent evaluation of Racing to School’s Riders’ Programme has revealed positive results for the charity and for racing. 

Thirty events were staged involving 800 young people who already showed an interest in horses, either via The Pony Club or choosing an equine- related college course.
The programme was piloted last year in collaboration with Careers In Racing and Pony Clubs nationwide. Supported by The Racing Foundation, the interactive learning days focus on the many career roles the sport offers, as well as providing an understanding into the inner workings of raceday activity.
Among the encouraging statistics, the report highlighted that 93% of young people and 100% of adults agreed that the Programme had increased their knowledge of careers available within the industry. Of note to broadcasters and racecourses: 78% of young people and 89% of adults agreed that the Riders’ Programme has increased their interest in watching horseracing on TV or at a racecourse.
These results support the need and benefits to engaging young people, especially those who already have a keen interest in horses. Racing to School is continuing to run the Programme this year and, subject to funding, hopes to expand the number of participants. 

“It is really useful. I would recommend someone else in my position attend. It should carry on because it has helped me think about having a career in racing, which I might not have considered.” (Equine Student who attended Riders’ Programme).

BHEST - End of Term Report signals success of Riders’ Programme