Members of the Scottish racing industry came together on Thursday 9th May to participate in the 3rd annual Racing Together Community Day—British Racing’s national day of volunteering.
Racecourse staff in Scotland pledged their time and people power to volunteer for their local communities working on a range of projects from litter-picking to helping out in a charity tea room.
The Racing Together Community Day provides racecourses and all racing stakeholders with an opportunity and focus to engage with their local area and build lasting relationships with those that share the communities in which they operate.
Perth Racecourse has already got involved ahead of the big day by giving up their time to help plant flowers around the city to support Perth in Bloom.
Delly Innes, Manager of Scottish Racing said: “the five racecourses in Scotland have a particular importance in their local areas by generating £24.6m off-course income and sustaining 290 FTE jobs by near-course activity. We are also in a unique position to make a genuine difference to local communities by offering our time, and the teams themselves have always commented on how much they enjoy giving something back.”
Racing Together Community Day 2019 racecourse activities in Scotland include:
Ayr – work closely with their charity partner, Ayrshire Cancer Support, to fundraise, provide practical support and to aid their brand awareness.
Hamilton Park—working on the South Lanarkshire Countryside Rangers conservation project
Musselburgh—working with Musselburgh Grammar School to host pupils and staff for workshops to support their employability needs
Kelso – will be litter picking in the local community on Thursday 9th May and continue to support the community with their ‘charity tearoom’ at all racemeetings.
Perth—tending to local flowerbeds in preparation for ‘Perth in Bloom’
Scottish Racing – baking and selling cakes for the charity, Headway, who are running the Charity Tearoom at Kelso Racecourse on Wednesday 8th May.