230 School Children Take Part in HRI’s ‘Go Racing Kids Club’ Education Day


Cork Racecourse Mallow

Monday, October 02, 2017
Cork Kids Club Day

Pupils from Scoil Naisiunta Rathain being introduced to racehorse Free Code at the Cork Racecourse Mallow 'Go Racing Kids Club' Education Day Photo: Sean Jefferies


Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today held a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ Day at Cork Racecourse Mallow, ahead of their October Weekend Festival on October 14 and 15 next.
 
The objective of the ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ is to educate school children about racing and show them what happens behind-the-scenes at a racecourse. It also builds relationships between the racecourses and their local community, encouraging an affinity with racing which will hopefully produce future racegoers.
 
230 fifth and sixth class pupils from five local schools took part. As part of the day they spent time walking the track with track foreman, Maurice O’Brien who explained how the team at Cork Racecourse Mallow prepare the track for its racing season.
 
Local trainer Eugene O’Sullivan and his daughter, amateur rider Maxine O’Sullivan, spoke to the children about their day-to-day routines and life in racing, and introduced them to racehorse Free Code.
 
The pupils also received demonstrations from RACE (Racing Academy & Centre of Education) on the racehorse simulator and took part in the ‘Front Runner – Racing Club for Kids’ racing-themed games, puzzles and quizzes.
 
Each pupil received a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ goodie bag which included two complimentary tickets for them and their family members to go racing at Cork Racecourse Mallow on Sunday October 15. All children under 14 accompanied by an adult get free admission.
 
Andrew Hogan, Manager at Cork Racecourse Mallow, commented: “We were delighted to welcome the pupils from five local schools here today.  They got a great insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the run-up to each meeting and we look forward to welcoming them back with their families on October 15 for the launch of our National Hunt winter season.” 

We were delighted to welcome the pupils from five local schools here today.  They got a great insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the run-up to each meeting and we look forward to welcoming them back with their families on October 15 for the launch of our National Hunt winter season.

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