Dettori backs Racing To School

Frankie Dettori has backed a scheme which sees schoolchildren switch their lessons from the classroom to the racecourse.

Jack Bishop and Olivia Goffin meet Frankie Dettori in the weighing room (Pic by TMS Media Ltd)

Dettori posed with pupils at Yarmouth racecourse, where they used their maths skills to tackle a range of tasks involving measurements and weights.

The Racing to School initiative aims to introduce youngsters to the sport of racing as well as providing a fun place to put their school subjects into a real world setting.

Frankie praised the Racing to School scheme for getting youngsters introduced to the sport at a tender age, saying: "I love it, because it is how I started – as a young boy going to the races with my father."

Nearly 50 Year 6 pupils from Caister Primary School donned racing silks while visiting:

  • the weighing room to learn about "old fashioned" Imperial measures – and the strict weight limits for the riders.
  • the track to find out about furlongs, how to convert them to metric and stood on the spot where photo finishes decide who has won by a nose.
  • the parade ring to measure and work out how many horses can safely walk around it before a race.

Lead Racing to School education officer Ollie McPhail, a former jump jockey, said: "The main aim is to bring school subjects to life through a unique experience in an outdoor environment – and make children more aware of racing with a VIP visit going to places behind the scenes.

"We find that 70% of children, even in racing centres like Newmarket, have never been to the races before. With secondary schools we also show the kind of careers racing can offer."

To get involved in a Racing to School session visit www.bhest.co.uk

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