Following the success of the Dubai Future Champions Education Week project in 2014, 164 Year 8 pupils from Newmarket Academy will participate in the Dubai Future Champions Education Week 2015 from Monday, 5th October culminating in a day’s racing on Friday 9th October, the first day of the inaugural Dubai Future Champions Festival.
The programme aims to engage local children with the unique heritage of the local area in which they live, raise the employment aspirations and expectations of the Academy’s students as well as introduce them to the variety of employment opportunities offered by the racing industry. This initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Newmarket Racecourses.
The five-day education programme is structured around the racing industry and throughout the week students will undertake racing related tasks and lessons incorporating topics such as science, geography, history, art, fitness, nutrition, and photography.
Newmarket’s main racing bodies have once again come out in force to support the project, including the National Horseracing Museum, The National Stud, Tattersalls, TOPSPEC and Newmarket Equine Hospital. This year will also see Rossdales Vets and the British Racing School involved for the first time.
The education programme begins with a trip to the National Horseracing Museum where both the history of horseracing as well as the town of Newmarket is explored through the identification of famous landmarks. Breeding knowledge is then imparted during a guided tour of the National Stud.
Biology and science will be tackled by vets at Newmarket Equine Hospital and Rossdales and the students will also get the opportunity to preview the Race For Excellence exhibition which also returns this year to both days of the Dubai Future Champions Festival, which showcases the shared development story of Dubai and its horseracing heritage.
World-renowned and European leading bloodstock auctioneers Tattersalls host the students on the third day of the programme. Students will see some of the very best produce of thoroughbred breeding as the Book 1 Yearling Sale will be taking place during their visit.
The week concludes with a trip to the Rowley Mile Racecourse on Friday, 9th October, allowing the students to witness the four-legged subjects of their week’s learning and soak up the atmosphere of a fantastic days racing.
Alongside Dubai Future Champions Education Week, 48 Year 11 Business Studies students will also be taking part in a career ‘Speed Dating’ event which will provide them with the opportunity to learn about the many diverse roles within the industry.
Students will get to spend three minutes talking to people who are employed in a variety of roles throughout racing, learning about jobs in areas such as veterinary, marketing, legal, hospitality, finance and catering as well as yard and horse care roles.
Amy Starkey, Regional Director – East, Jockey Club Racecourses, said;
“Newmarket Racecourse is committed to providing educational opportunities to local students. This year we have already run the Under Starter’s Orders programme aimed at 9-10 year olds and in which 6 local primary schools took part and delighted to be running the Future Champions Education Week for the second year running.”
“It is our aim to help inspire these students through racing in whatever direction or industry they wish to work in and also further strengthen the ties between Horseracing and the local community.”
Nick Froy, Head of School at Newmarket Academy, said;
“Last year’s programme exceeded all expectation and was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the students and also the teachers. The students not only developed a greater understanding of the racing industry but relished the opportunity to learn curriculum subjects in a fresh and exciting environment.”
We are therefore delighted and grateful of Newmarket Racecourses continued investment and the support of all the stakeholder’s who have committed their time and efforts to ensure this programme is a success.”