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Prince’s Trust and BHA gets children on track

10 October 2011

THE partnership between the Prince's Trust and the BHA took a group of students from Queen Margaret Academy School to Ayr racecourse on Thursday, with the aim of giving them an overview of the racing industry and showcasing the range of job opportunities for young people in the sport.

Students walked the track with clerk of the course Emma Marley, visited the stable yard and had a behind-the-scenes tour of the weighing room and stewards' room.

The link with the BHA provides racing experience days to the trust's XL programme, which runs clubs in schools nationwide for pupils at risk of truanting and underachievement.

BHA acting chief executive Chris Brand said: "Racing directly employs more than 20,000 people, with another 70,000 working in related sectors, so it has a big impact on communities up and down the country.

"No other sport employs so many people across such a wide range of jobs and locations, and we want to use this network to help young people Tom Keer, head of sport at the Prince's Trust, added: "Through the delivery of racing experience days, we have helped more than 100 young people through the sport."

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