• Engaging tomorrow’s racegoers today

    Our 2019 series of Go Racing Kids Club Education Days are now in full swing, they get children out and about at their local racecourse and for HRI, it gives us a few hours to immerse children into an industry and sport in which Ireland is a world leader.

     

    The education day is often the child’s first taste of racing and we set out to create an experience that captures their attention and imagination, leaving them with a desire to learn more.  

    This year we have seven partner racecourses; Cork, Fairyhouse, Galway, Leopardstown, Navan, Tipperary and The Curragh.

     

    The days are targeted at 5th and 6th class pupils and their teachers.  We set about organising days that are engaging, exciting and full of new experiences that allow children to step away from the normality of school life and into the world of racing.

     

    Typically, children move between twenty-minute stations, with each station giving them a new insight into the world of racing. For those few hours, children that might  have never considered racing are living and breathing racing; meeting horses, meeting jockeys, trying on their silks and even having a go on the RACE simulator, where we have witnessed them riding finishes, punching the air in excitement as they ride ‘Tiger Roll’ to victory over and over again.

     

    The stars of our sport have been generous by giving their time to our education days, they are inviting the future generation into their racing world. The children hang on every word they say, and the questions come in thick and fast; the children’s imaginations are often in overdrive and this can be reflected in the questions that they ask! 

     

    Meeting a jockey, trainer or indeed famous racehorse is a memory that some children will continue to cherish long after the education day; it connects them to a sport that is new to them. They later see the success of this sport that they immersed themselves in and they can feel like a small part of it.

     

    While we set out to create an interactive learning environment, we ultimately hope that these children leave the racecourse, informed for life and enthused at the prospect of someday returning to the racetrack with their parents, family, friends and maybe even as a jockey, owner or trainer. 

     

    For more information on some of our initiatives for children, visit www.goracing.ie/kids

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