March News – Cheshire Racing Hub brings students closer to the Racing Industry
The Cheshire Racing Hub, a British Horseracing Authority and DCMS funded project, gave racing’s employees of the future an insight into the Racing industry when it recently staged two industry days for students of Reaseheath College and Bishop Heber High School, Cheshire.
With support from the industry in Cheshire, the Racing Hub brought together noted professionals to give a dynamic insight to students about the wide variety of career options available to them.
Day one of the program (26 March) was delivered to Level 3 Equine Studies students at Reaseheath College, Nantwich. The program commenced with a demonstration of riding racing fit thoroughbred horses by Cheshire Point-to-Point trainer, Oliver Greenall and former Grand National Jockey, Carrie Ford. Five sessions on the varied aspects of the industry from commercial to veterinary took place, and ended with students being given the opportunity to race ride the mechanical horse with guidance from the Northern Racing College. Trainer, Will Kinsey enthused students about breeding and bloodstock whilst representatives from Chester Race Company and Hampton Veterinary Practice, who assist the racing industry, gave a broader insight into to indirect roles.
The following day (27 March), a select group of Year 10 students from Bishop Heber High School, Malpas enjoyed a unique guided tour of the training establishment of Tom Dascombe in Hampton (Cheshire) to learn what a day- to-day role on a training yard entails. The group was given a personal tour by Assistant Trainer, Colin Gorman and included a visit to the veterinary unit, watching horses swim and meeting King George V winner and Melbourne Cup contender, Brown Panther. Before leaving, Manor House Co-Owner, Michael Owen enjoyed a photograph with students to add yet another highlight to their visit.
One of the main aims of the Cheshire Racing Hub is to link employment and education and these visits were the fruits of many partnerships established during the past year of the project.
Commenting on two successful events for the Racing Hub, Kay Kent, project Chair and Chester University representative on the project commented: “We have been working hard to establish strong links between education and industry and we were delighted we could bring together such a credible list of professionals to provide insight into the roles within the industry to students making career choices. We have also been enthused by the interest and co-operation by educational establishments who have been keen to highlight to students the many career roles available to them not solely taking conventional routes from education into employment.”
The education days follow up on the production of career videos that were produced by the Cheshire Racing Hub earlier in the year to inspire young people to consider a career in the racing industry, highlight how exciting and rewarding working within it can be. The videos can be viewed on the Cheshire Racing Hub’s YouTube Channel or the official website, www.cheshireracinghub.co.uk.