Pupils participate at Newmarket
Now in its third year, 125 Year 8 pupils from Newmarket Academy will participate in Dubai Future Champions Education Week from Monday, 3rd to Friday, 7th October, the first day of Dubai Future Champions Festival.
The initiative has been made possible by the support of Sheikh Mohammed
The programme aims to engage local children with the unique heritage of the local area in which they live, raise the employment aspirations and expectations of the Academy's students as well as introduce them to the variety of employment opportunities offered by the racing industry.
This initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Newmarket Racecourses.
The five-day education programme is structured around the racing industry and throughout the week students will undertake racing related tasks and lessons incorporating topics such as science, geography, history, art, fitness, nutrition, and photography.
Councillor Andy Drummond, Mayor of Newmarket,hailed the programme, saying: "Dubai Future Champions Education Week provides Newmarket Academy students with a unique opportunity to further their learning alongside exploring their immediate surroundings.
"It is such a vibrant time for the town and therefore by engaging local children throughout the week, it offers the best insight into some of the aspects associated with horseracing, promoting potential employment aspirations as well as creating an understanding and interest of the local area.
"Considering the recent news regarding the launch of the five year Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project, the contribution made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been extremely generous and strongly represents the on-going commitment to Newmarket and the local community.
"I look forward to hopefully many more successful years of these programmes and would like to acknowledge all stakeholders involved as without them, these types of initiatives wouldn't exist."
This week-long programme will see pupils complete a number of educational activities during visits to Newmarket-based industry stakeholders including Newmarket Racecourses, Tattersalls, Rossdales, the British Racing School and the newly-built National Heritage Centre For Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House.
Starting on Monday, students will visit the British Racing School and Rossdales Veterinary Practise where science will be the main focus, including an insight into one of the leading equine vets in the world as well as a nutrition workshop.
Day two will be all about the rich history and heritage of horseracing in Newmarket with a trip to the Jockey Club Rooms as well as waking the Town Trail and visiting the National Horseracing Museum.
On Wednesday students will visit the famous Warren Hill gallops to watch some of the best racehorses in the world be put through their paces followed by visiting the newly opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. There will also be a trip to Newmarket Racecourses for a workshop as well as the magnificent Dalham Hall Stud, headquarters of Darley, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's global breeding operation.
Following three action packaged days, day four will be a time for students to reflect on their activities and interpret what they have learned creatively through writing, music and art workshops at Newmarket Academy.
The week concludes with a trip to the Rowley Mile Racecourse on Friday, 7th October, allowing the students to witness the four-legged subjects of their week's learning and soak up the atmosphere of a fantastic days racing.