From the classroom to the racecourse

Over 100 local Tipperary school pupils were joined by trainer Danny O’Connell and jockey Billy Lee at Tipperary Racecourse recently for Horse Racing Ireland’s (HRI) ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’. The event took place ahead of Youth Raceday on Thursday June 6.

Over 100 local Tipperary school pupils were joined by trainer Danny O’Connell and jockey Billy Lee at Tipperary Racecourse recently for Horse Racing Ireland’s (HRI) ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’. The event took place ahead of Youth Raceday on Thursday June 6.

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 trainer, Danny O’Connell and jockey Billy Lee. The pupils also met Tipperary Racecourse manager, Jane Davis 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.

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 race-goers. The activities educate school children about racing and show them what happens behind the scenes at the racecourse.

All the pupils received a ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ goodie bag at the end of the day which included complimentary tickets to the races at Tipperary on Thursday June 6 for their Youth Race Day.

Jane Davis, manager of Tipperary Racecourse said: “We were thrilled with the success of the GoRacing Schools Morning at Tipperary Races; the initiative is another great way for the racecourse to engage with the local community. Many of the children already had a great knowledge of horse racing.”