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Inspiring children and adults alike


Through the power of horseracing and the Grand National, the Aintree Community Programme aims to inspire children and adults alike to be the best that they can be.




  • Harnessing the affection and history of the The People’s Race to help inspire and support people in our local community
  • RCA Showcase & Awards – Best Community & CSR Programme 2015, 2016 & 2017


The award winning community programme is underpinned by three key themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Engagement
  • Education and Enterprise


Health and Wellbeing



  • The Health and Wellbeing programme aims to raise awareness and tackle the physical and mental health issues that affect our community


  • The programme works with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Everton in the Community, Barrie Wells Trust, Carer’s Network and several local schools



Activities include:

  • Grand National history tours for people with Dementia and other mental health related challenges


  • Grand National jockey visits and other activity with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital


  • Unique experiences for children and adults from local hospitals/hospices to enjoy our sport


Community Engagement


  • The Community Engagement programme aims to showcase our sport with local people though the horse and the affection to the Grand National
  • The programme works with Veterans HQ, the Peter O’Sullevan Trust, Everton in the Community, local schools and Netherton Community Centre
  • The state of the art Peter O’Sullevan Community Hub was launched in December 2016 by Sir AP McCoy and is a focal point for all community programme related activity


Activities include:

  • A robust and supportive military veterans programme to assist veterans in the community with specific mental and physical difficulties and help bring back the camaraderie and team work they enjoyed in the armed forces
  • Disabled Riding sessions in Aintree famous parade ring with children from Everton in the Community and supported by the Riding for Disabled Association
  • A variety activity for young people in our community using the Peter O’Sullevan Community Hub as a base
  • Netherton Community Centre – continuous maintenance and groundsmen work for the centre
  • Grand National fence and trophy tours for young people and military veterans in our community

Our community representatives


“Everton FC and Aintree have been working together for many years collaborating on a number respected and well received projects. Our partnership with Aintree is one of the highlights of Everton in the Community - it opens up horseracing to people who may never have thought about it or had the opportunity to be involved in. Much more to come in this space.”

Richard Kenyon, Director of Community, Marketing and Communications, Everton FC:


“It’s absolutely unbelievable to be able to come to such a historical site. The health and wellbeing for our veterans is brilliant, it cuts down social isolation, you can see the guys at the sessions making new friends, sitting and chatting, reminiscing, it’s an absolute no brainer.”

Bob Blanchard, Chairman of Liverpool Veterans HQ

Education and Enterprise


  • Aintree has been the Racing Together Beacon Racecourse for three years and due to the success, it has received a further three years of funding from The Racing Foundation
    • Working with Racing to School, Maricourt School and its nearby Primary Schools has been a real highlight and continues to thrive
    • An important programme which has educated and hopefully inspired several thousand young people in our community through horseracing and the Grand National in recent years


  • Liverpool John Moores – working with several departments to devise and deliver inspiring Grand National related projects for students such as fashion communications, history, fashion design, sports science and events


  • Aintree works with several local schools on a variety of other projects:
    • An annual Equine Art competition with life-sized perspex horses for Aintree’s Community Day
    • In association with The Peter O’Sullevan Trust, Aintree works with Blessed Sacrament School on an Edible Playground project
    • Fashion design projects for Ladies Day with Holly Lodge School




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