BHA and London City Farms on racing recruitment drive

The British Horseracing Authority has extended its linkup with London City Farms to introduce young people to the world of racing. The partnership builds on work done last year when three groups of inner city children were taken from the capital to a race meeting.

Now, follow-up events are taking place with visits to see what goes on at the British Racing School and the National Stud at Newmarket. Children from Kentish Town City Farm were in Newmarket last Friday, and today children from Mud Chute Park and Farm and Deen City Farm are there.

London City Farms was set up with the express intention of providing inner-city children and their families the opportunity of experiencing the countryside without having to leave the city. Amongst the activities they offer is horseriding and now around 50 children who have taken up that opportunity have the opportunity to delve deeper behind the scenes of racing and see some of the careers that the industry offers.

The visits have been arranged with the BHA's careersinracing department. Speaking at the BHA, Michelle Douglas, an Industry Recruitment Associate, said "We are delighted to be able to develop our relationships further with a number of London's City Farms. The visits to the races last year really whetted the children's appetites to find out more about horseracing - and the potential to have a career working with horses."

Simone Uncle, Activities Coordinator for Kentish Town City Farm said, "in the current economic climate, young people are being hit hard with lack of job opportunities and direction; the group that went racing last year were really inspired and excited by horseracing and this second trip could prove to have a very real and positive impact on their futures."

This work forms part of British Horseracing’s Racing Together Community Strategy, which includes projects and activities taking place across the country with children's organisations and charities like the Princes Trust. Activities like these can only do a tiny amount to tackle the deprivation the latest is in our inner cities, but let's give full marks to the BHA for doing what they can, particularly in the light of the riots that are currently taking place.

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