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KIDS TAKEOVER HAYDOCK PARK RACECOURSE

Press Release 30th July 2019 Haydock Park

Children will take the reins of key raceday roles at Haydock Park Racecourse next week, as part of Great British Racing’s Under 18s Race Free campaign

 

29 July 2019, London:

Young visitors to Summer Family Funday at Haydock Park Racecourse next week (Thursday 8 August) will be given the thrilling opportunity to try their hand at a number of key raceday roles, from raceday presenter and weighing room operative, to serving in the racecourse’s hospitality facilities and reporting on the ground conditions.

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The Kids’ Takeover Day has been brought to Haydock Park by Great British Racing as part of its Under 18s Race Free campaign, which has been created to highlight the fact that under 18s go free to almost every racecourse, at almost every raceday. This summer sees more than 200 fixtures taking place up and down the country, 50 of which are special family days, where additional activities are put on for families and young people to enjoy alongside the racing.

 

Facilitated by Racing to School, an education charity which delivers free outdoor learning activities for young people at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the country, the Kids’ Takeover Day was first trialled at Bath Racecourse, and is being rolled out at a number of racecourses across the summer by Great British Racing, offering children unprecedented access to the races and the chance to turn their hand to some of horseracing’s greatest job roles.

 

In addition to the Kids’ Takeover, visitors to Haydock Park Racecourse on 8 August can enjoy an exciting afternoon of horseracing, together with all the fun of the seaside. There will be a replica beach, and music and games throughout the afternoon. Children can even win a medal if they choose to participate in the beach games! Candy striped stalls, an inflatable assault course, craft tables and face painting complete the line up – and all of this is completely free for children aged 17 and under, with tickets starting at £15 (advance price). All children will be invited to participate in the Kids’ Takeover Day on arrival at the racecourse.

 

This news follows Great British Racing’s recent survey findings that 83% of UK parents feel that cost prohibits children from participating in outdoor activities; 86% of parents wanted their children to spend more time outside during the school holidays; 77% of parents have been put off taking their children to live sport as a result of the cost; and 60% of parents do not take their children to live sport at all.

 

This year’s campaign is also fronted by ambassador and mother-of-two Tess Daly, who commented: “As a parent, the school holidays are a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with your children, yet finding activities that are stimulating, healthy and affordable can be a challenge.

 

“As a child, my parents went out of their way to take me to live sport and I do the same for my kids now – there’s nothing better than a day at the races. As well as the thrill of the racing, the kids are able to run around in the fresh air and there’s plenty of activities for them too, from having their faces painted to meeting race horses.”

 

Watch Tess as she explores a racing yard here and a day at the races here.

 

Toby Shaw, Director of Communications & Marketing at Great British Racing, added: “Racing remains one of Britain’s most popular spectator sports, with millions enjoying the excitement of race meets each year. At Great British Racing, we want to introduce more youngsters to the thrill of the sport: with more than 50 dedicated family days, our ‘Under 18s Race Free’ campaign provides an unforgettable day out in the fresh air for the whole family, without having to break the bank.”

 

Go to under18sracefree.com to find your local family raceday this Summer.

 

Under 18s Race Free Timetable 2019

 

 

Date

Course

Specific Raceday

July

30th

Beverley

PAW Patrol Family Raceday

 

 

Date

Course

Specific Raceday

 

 

 

 

 

Aug

4th

Chester

Family Funday

4th

Market Rasen

The Age UK Lindsey Family Extravaganza

5th

Ripon

Family Brick Adventure

6th

Catterick Bridge

Forces Family Day

7th

Bath

Ice Cream Family Raceday

8th

Haydock Park

Summer Family Day

9th

Musselburgh

Family Day Featuring the Archerfield Cup

9th

Thirsk

James Herriot ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ Family Day

11th

Leicester

Family Fun Day

11th

Windsor

Ice Cream Festival Raceday

12th

Catterick Bridge

Racing Careers Day

14th

Salisbury

Summer Holiday Family Races

15th

Salisbury

Summer Holiday Family Races

16th

Wolverhampton

Summer Family Funday

18th

Pontefract

The In The Zone Family Day

19th

Catterick Bridge

Carnival Family Day

19th

Lingfield Park

Summer Afternoon All-Weather Racing

19th

Banger-On-Dee

Family Evening

21st

Carlisle

Summer Family Day

23rd

Newmarket

Family Fun Day

23rd

Goodwood

Fireworks and Family Festivities

24th

Goodwood

Fireworks and Family Festivities

25th

Beverley

Circus Family Raceday

25th

Great Yarmouth

Family Fun Day

25th

Goodwood

Fireworks and Family Festivities

25th

Epsom Downs

Bank Holiday family Fun Day

26th

Epsom Downs

Bank Holiday family Fun Day

26th

Ripon

Bank Holiday Family Day

26th

Southwell

Nottinghamshire Sports Day

26th

Chepstow

The Big Family Raceday

29th

Sedgefield

Ladies Evening

30th

Thirsk

Pirates Family Day

30th

Sandown Park

The Betway Summer Celebration

 

 

Date

Course

Specific Raceday

Sept

1st

Brighton

Family Fun Day

1st

Worcester

Family Fun Day

8th

Fontwell Park

‘Back To School’ Family Fun Day

8th

York

Family Raceday

14th

Chelmsford City

Family Funday

15th

Bath

Family Funday

22nd

Plumpton

Core Spreads Family Raceday

29th

Epsom Downs

Season Finale

29th

Musselburgh

Honest Toun Family Day

 

About Great British Racing

Great British Racing is the marketing and promotional arm of British horseracing - the second biggest spectator sport in the country. Their role is to widen the horseracing’s fan-base, help grow revenue streams, and maintain British racing's position internationally as the best in the world

 

About Racing to School

Racing to School (formerly BHEST), established in 1993, is a registered charity (No. 1040590) responsible for the development and delivery of racing-related education programmes. Delivered free to schools at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the UK, Racing to School’s lively approach supports children and young people by demonstrating a practical application of a range of National Curriculum subjects and sparking a knowledge and understanding of the sport of horseracing. The charity’s beneficiaries rose to over 14,000 in 2018, with a target to grow participation an additional 5% in 2019. More info is available at: www.racingtoschool.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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