Hamilton Park strives to be a good corporate citizen. Through its managers and through its people, Hamilton Park is committed to supporting charities and local communities, protecting the environment, ensuring safe and efficient working practices and working with local suppliers who uphold similar values.
Protecting the Environment
Hamilton Park operates a Health, Safety and Environmental Policy that sets out the responsibilities of the Hamilton Park Committee, management and employees in relation to all health and safety and environmental matters. Specially trained employees have been given responsibility for communicating specific areas of the policy.
Recycling processes are in place for the separation and recycling of cardboard and paper, glass, ink cartridges, waste oil and food waste.
Social and Community Issues
Hamilton Park recognises that gambling is closely associated with horseracing and is a popular raceday activity and has taken steps to ensure responsible gambling. https://www.begambleaware.org/
Hamilton Park recognises that the consumption of alcohol is also associated with a day at the races and has taken steps to ensure responsible drinking.
These steps are undertaken by gamble aware along with “Challenge 25” displayed throughout the site and within the race programmes.
Hamilton Park supports national and local charities on an ongoing basis. Some of these charities include:
– Saints & Sinners which we work alongside on the Saints & Sinners Race Meeting and organise a “Sign a Note” auction to assist in supporting the charity
– Marie Curie Cancer Care, Glasgow Hospice, is a local charity that the team have participated in fundraising for through various activities including bucket collection, sky dive, zip line and walking all five Scottish Racecourses in one day
– Tickets for Troops is supported by Hamilton Park and complimentary tickets are offered to our troops in the armed forces
Hamilton Park support a number of local community initiatives including:
– Support of local organisations and clubs through donations
– Support of fundraising initiatives for charities, clubs and organisations
– Assist charities, clubs and organisations to maximize their potential to fundraise on racedays
– Hamilton Park support work placement initiative with local schools and colleges where pupils can do their work experience ranging from 1 day at the Racecourse to 1 week.
– Hamilton Park organises Horse Racing education days where Racing to School attend the Racecourse and are then offered two complimentary adult tickets to return for a day of racing.
Building Diversity and Inclusion, and Improving Mental Health:
Scottish Racing’s partnership with Alzheimer Scotland
Currently, in Scotland 90,000 people are living with Dementia and this number is due to treble over the next 10 years. A key focus for the Scottish Care Directorate is to reduce social isolation through promoting physical activity and increasing inclusive opportunities for within the community which provides a perfect platform for racing to develop an inclusive, safe space.
This ambitious partnership with Scottish Racing and William Hill in support of Alzheimer’s Scotland has been developed ultimately to provide an inclusive and supportive opportunity for people living with Dementia and those who care for them.
Since 2019, Scottish Racing has invested in multiple resources, including appointing the only dedicated community engagement coordinator within UK horseracing. The main objective was to make it known across the country that the sport is accessible to all.
• Increase physical activity and reduce social isolation for those who are living with a diagnosis of Dementia and those who care for them
• Make racecourses seen as forward-thinking and caring venues at the centre of the community
• Educate people who are the first point of contact for people visiting the racecourses and William Hill shops, in helping people who may require additional assistance
• Raise awareness of the risk of the disease to all people across Scotland
• Create opportunity for people who are concerned about themselves or a loved one to ask questions about Dementia
• Reduce stigma and provide information about Dementia
Find out more on the Directory: www.racingtogether.co.uk/directory
Food donations to Bothwell Community Action Group during this summer
Over the summer we found ourselves with a surplus of food, which we were pleased to donate to the fantastic team at Bothwell, Uddingston and Viewpark Community Action Group to help the local community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BothwellUddingstonBusiness
Food donations to Hamilton District Food Bank at Christmas
Our generous team and colleagues at Hampton by Hilton Hamilton Park kindly donated food, toiletries and toys which we delivered to the Hamilton District Foodbank. For more information about donating to Hamilton District Foodbank, please visit www.hamiltondistrict.foodbank.org.uk/
Studying the Form – Art/history exhibition by Hamilton Grammar School
We teamed up with Hamilton Grammar School for an art and history project about Hamilton Park. The S2 pupils proudly showcased their work to racegoers using photos and documents from our archive. The pupils researched the deep-rooted history and significance of horse racing in Hamilton and the local area. We were blown away by the quality of the work!
Raceday flower donations to local care homes
We didn’t want to let the beautiful flowers from our race meetings to go to waste, so whenever possible we send them off to local care homes including the Lornebank Care Centre in Hamilton who organise flower arranging classes for their residents. Thank you to Brian for collecting.
Free first aid training for Children provided by St Andrews First Aid on our family racedays
We were thrilled to continue our partnership with St Andrew’s First Aid to provide training for life-saving CPR skills at our Family Racedays. For more information visit: https://www.firstaid.org.uk/
Alzheimer Scotland Memory Walk, part of the Scottish Racing partnership with the charity
On Sunday 15 September 2019, 500 people took part in the 5K Lanarkshire Memory Walk around our racecourse to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland. This year’s walk was the most successful so far with over double the number of walkers taking part compared to 2018. Well done to everyone who took part. Visit https://www.alzscot.org/ for more information on donating.