Hamilton Park Racecourse will welcome a group of enterprising secondary school students behind the scenes of this year’s action-packed racing season.
Some 40 pupils from Holy Cross High School in the town will participate in the Racing to School educational programme at the top racing venue’s Cadzow Castle Raceday (27 May).
The interactive experience, run by the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST), is designed to give pupils an opportunity to employ their maths, literacy and science skills in a variety of practical situations, from the weighing room to the race track.
The young visitors will also enjoy an afternoon of live racing when the action starts at 2.10pm.
Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “The BHEST Racing to School programme is a wonderful opportunity for young people to see how valuable the lessons of the classroom are in real life environments. Hamilton Park Racecourse is proud to support the initiative and the team is looking forward to offering Holy Cross High School pupils a real insight into our sport at Cadzow Castle Raceday.”
Carrie Ford, BHEST Regional Education Officer, said: “From using their numeracy skills to calculate how many horses can safely warm up in the parade ring to learning the science of jockey nutrition, the Racing to School programme aims to stimulate young minds.
“Hamilton Park Racecourse, at the height of the racing season, is the perfect environment to engage our young people in the learning process.”
Horse Racing charity, BHEST offers the Racing to School programme free of charge to school pupils of all ages. The initiative aims to enrich the learning experience through the hands-on application of the school curriculum.
This year’s Hamilton Park visit takes place during the SuperSeal 2015 season’s Cadzow Castle