Over 250 fifth and sixth class pupils attended the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) ‘Go Racing Kids Club’ Day at The Curragh Racecourse on Tuesday morning.
The objective of the ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ initiative is to build ties between the racecourses and their local community, encouraging an affinity with racing which will hopefully produce future racegoers.
The activities educate school children about racing and show them what happens behind the scenes at the racecourse.
Over 250 fifth and sixth class pupils from local schools took part in demonstrations from R.A.C.E. (Racing Academy & Centre of Education) and local farrier, Donal Bennett. They heard talks from jockeys Bryan Cooper and Mark Bolger and Valet, Paul Fox as well as Curragh-based trainers John Egan and Johnny Levins. The pupils also met Racecourse Manager, Paul Hensey who explained how the team at The Curragh Racecourse prepares for a race day.
All the pupils received a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ goodie bag at the end of the day.
“The Go Racing Kids Club Day is a great opportunity for the Curragh to promote horse racing to the younger generation,” said Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager at The Curragh Racecourse.
“In particular to the many kids who have never been to the races and to give them an appreciation about the significance of the Curragh as one of the leading thoroughbred racing and training establishments in the world.”
The 29th Newbridge Parish Race Day was held on Bank holiday Monday, May 5th last and was described as really fun family day out at the races. Kildare All Star Johnny Doyle was the special guest of honour on the day. The football star announced his retirement last month and was given a special presentation.