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
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
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
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.
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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