Chelmsford City Racecourse plays an active role within both the racing and local community. With upwards of 60 racedays per year, we provide regular opportunities for owners and trainers to race their horses all year round. We also continue to build links with the local community by staging local events and activities throughout the year.
Chelmsford City Racecourse is one of a total of 60 racecourses in Britain, and is an active member of the racing community. We work closely with the British Horseracing Authority to help promote quality racing and attract new audiences. We actively support the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) which helps introduce racing to schools through tailored activity days and educational support packs.
Chelmsford City Racecourse is proud to support selected local charities and activities, in addition to racing charities, throughout the year.
Two of the biggest events of the racing calendar are the family fun days. In 2019, the May Bank Holiday fun day was held in support of Help for Heroes and together with the charity, the racecourse raised over £13,000 on this day - a fantastic amount for a brilliant charity. The autumn family fun day in 2019 will be held in association with Havens Hospice and will be held on Saturday 14th September.
Over 200 local charities, community groups and businesses benefit each year either through monetary contributions or through complimentary tickets for use as raffle and auction prizes.
Beneficiaries have included: Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Tickets for Troops, the Women’s Institute, Sanctus Homeless Shelter, Macmillan Cancer Care, The J’s Hospice, Havens Hospices and the Injured Jockeys Fund, among others.
Chelmsford City Racecourse is also engaged with the British Horseracing Authority-led Racing Together initiative, which seeks to give something back to the communities in which it operates around the country. British Racing invests £6.6 million a year in community engagement activities, while members of the 22,000 strong workforce donate 6,000 hours of their time each year for charitable activity.
Previously the racecourse has been involved in Give and Gain Day 2017 – the global day of employee volunteering organised by Business in the Community (BITC). With thousands of people from hundreds of companies will take part in the volunteering day, It is Britain’s only nationally organised day of volunteering.
Racing’s contribution to the day has been co-ordinated by Racing Together, the community engagement strategy for the sport. Chelmsford City Racecourse are proud to support Give and Gain Day and a team from the racecourse has volunteered on several occasions since the opening.
Fraser Garrity, Racecourse Manager at Chelmsford City, said:
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to put something back into our community. We understand the importance of community engagement and are huge supporters of the Racing Together initiative.”
For further information on our charitable activities or to request an application to be considered for support, please contact the racecourse.
Chelmsford City Racecourse welcomes children to the races, especially at dedicated family racedays, and supports a number of local schools with their fundraising activities throughout the year with donations of complimentary tickets as raffle and auction prizes throughout the year.
The British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) is a charity which supports young people’s learning and development with the aim of encouraging an interest in horseracing both as a leisure activity and as a future career path.
“Racing to School” is BHEST’s flagship education programme, providing out of the classroom learning opportunities at racecourses, studs and training yards across the country, for over 10,000 young people every year. Many local schoolchildren benefit from access to this programme at Chelmsford City Racecourse every year.
Through the many courses provided by the British Racing School based in Newmarket, we have also been delighted to provide their delegates with a raceday experience to enhance their understanding of the sport.
since opening, the racecourse has also welcomed many local groups such as Brownies and Scouts who have thoroughly enjoyed their visits. These have included seeing behind the scenes areas, being taken down to the start and even meeting some famous jockeys!
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