Trish Goody, British Racing School instructor, talks to students Picture Mark Westley

The hugely successful Dubai Future Champions Education Week (DFCEW) returns this week, with 166 Year 8 pupils from Newmarket Academy participating in five days of activities at key organisations across Newmarket.

Taking place from Monday 7th to Friday 11th October, students aged 12 and 13 years old will tour the town, learning about about Newmarket’s heritage, its ties to racing and the amazing career opportunities the sport has to offer.

The programme is managed by the education charity Racing To School, who deliver it for Newmarket Racecourse and their sponsor Godolphin. DFCEW forms part of the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project (NAGBP), which aims to raise the aspiration and ambition of every Academy student.

Racing To School works alongside teachers to create activities to enrich the school curriculum, inspire young people and develop student leadership. The unique programme of almost 30 distinct activity days uses the backdrop and reach of the horse racing industry to improve knowledge and interest in the sport, as well as its wide range of careers choices.

The five-day DFCEW programme is structured around the racing industry and throughout the week, students will undertake racing-related tasks and lessons which incorporate topics such as science, geography, history, art, fitness, nutrition, and photography.

In order to engage pupils with the activities, the programme incorporates a number of partners including Newmarket Racecourses, Tattersalls, Rossdales Equine Hospital, the British Racing School, Dalham Hall Stud and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. The students will learn about the history and heritage of the town, horse welfare and the life of a racehorse, and will meet a number of people working in different parts of the racing industry.

All of the students will come together at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Friday 11 October for day one of the Dubai Future Champions Festival, to see how everything they have learned comes together in a race meeting, and to soak up the exciting atmosphere.

Amy Starkey, Regional Director of The Jockey Club’s East Region, said:

“Dubai Future Champions Education Week is something we are very proud to play a part in and something we look forward to every year.

“The racing industry is hugely significant for the town of Newmarket and its surrounding areas, so I believe it is vital for young people to understand it and learn about the range of career opportunities it presents. I also hope that, in having the opportunity to meet and observe professionals who are world leaders in their fields, these young people will be inspired to be the best they can be, which will only benefit our community as a whole.

“We are grateful for the support of fellow Newmarket businesses and to Racing To School for delivering this year’s programme and I hope the young people have a memorable afternoon at the Rowley Mile on Friday.”

The schedule for Dubai Future Champions Education Week is as follows:

Monday 7 October:

Learning about the history and heritage of horseracing at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket.

Visiting the magnificent Dalham Hall Stud, the headquarters of Godolphin, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global stallion operation to meet and learn about stallions and Dubai.

Tuesday 8 October:

Discovering what it takes to train to be a jockey and a racehorse trainer, testing out racehorse simulators, meeting young people who want to be in the industry, and learning about tack at the British Racing School.

Travelling to Rossdales Equine Hospital, one of the leading equine vets in the world, to learn about equine vets, horse care, nutrition and equine anatomy.

Wednesday 9 October:

Experiencing Europe’s leading Bloodstock Auctioneers, Tattersalls, during Book 1 of the October Yearling Sale, Europe’s Premier Yearling Sale.

Thursday 10 October:

Exploring the daily routine of a racehorse in training by visiting Newmarket’s famous Gallops on the Newmarket Heath, where thousands of horses train each morning.

Getting up close to training in action at Bedford House Stables where Charlie Fellows teaches champion horses. Learning more about the tools, techniques, care and stabling of racehorses between meetings.

Friday 11 October:

Seeing the four-legged subjects of their week’s learning in action, experience areas of the racecourse not seen by the public, soak up the action on course.