Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) held a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ Day at Tipperary Racecourse on Wednesday ahead of their Youth Raceday on Thursday June 5th.
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 120 fifth and sixth class pupils from local schools took part in demonstrations from R.A.C.E. (Racing Academy & Centre of Education) and heard talks from Jockey Billy Lee and local Trainer Danny O’Connell about their day-to-day routines and life in racing. The pupils also met Racecourse Manager, Andrew Hogan who explained how the team at Tipperary Racecourse prepares for a race day. The children were entertained by Marie-Lou Donnelly from ‘Front Runner – Racing Club for Kids’ with racing games, puzzles and quizzes. Marie-Lou also showed the pupils racing silks, horse shoes, racing tack, and feed. All the pupils received a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ goodie bag at the end of the day which included complimentary tickets to the Youth Raceday.
The schools that attended were: Mouunt Bruis NS, St Joseph’s Primary School, Knockavilla NS, St Johns The Baptist NS.