How the British EBF benefits Racing’s community goals

Wed 29 Apr 2020

RTS Winning Connections

Racing has always been a sport with a charitable outlook, success on the track rarely confined to just those who enjoy the celebrations of the winners’ circle.

In 2018, the British EBF established official partnerships with both Racing to School and Racing Welfare.  Although the fund is precluded from making financial charitable donations, these unique partnerships mean the BEBF can provide support in other ways.

Racing to School hosts educational race days for local school children across the country; twice a year with the feature race on the day donated by the British EBF. This enables the charity to have a flag-ship race in their name and with it comes with the advertising and promotional opportunities associated with race sponsorship.  It is also a fantastic opportunity to involve the children further in the race day, selecting the best-turned-out horse in the race and presenting the trophy to the winning connections.

Children involved in the selection of the Best Turned Out horse at York 2019

Children involved in the selection of the Best Turned Out horse at York 2019

Chief Executive, John Blake, explains how the partnership with the British EBF, helps Racing to School achieve its aims:

“Racecards nationwide nearly always feature a worthy cause or two, while racecourses routinely host fundraising events, allocate space to merchandise stalls, and endorse the bucket collections that racegoers have come to expect. The British EBF has kindly gifted auction prizes that have helped the charity Racing to School fund a record growth in the participation of young people with our programmes.

“Racing to School’s racecourse activity days are all about learning. The importance of weights, distances and unravelling the meaning and purpose of crucial data are all on the day’s syllabus, wrapped up in the warmth of an explanation of the sport’s heritage. 

“The charity’s 40-strong school groups are taken on a journey as the race day builds and their feedback always points to watching races as the day’s highlight.”

“The child sees everything as a novelty; the child is always ‘drunk’. Nothing is more like what we call inspiration than the joy the child feels in drinking in shape and colour,” wrote Charles Baudelaire.

 “Through the generous and on-going support of the EBF, we can bring our young people – most of whom are meeting the sport for the first time – even closer to the action. Their kind donation of race sponsorships and the opportunity to star in winners’ presentations puts the charity’s beneficiaries at the centre of the triumph and celebrations.

“For a small charity to have the profile of a race title can often lead to new conversations and valuable connections. For our young people, the VIP feeling such support provides, and the generous welcome given to them by this exciting and colourful sport is indelible.”

RTS Weighed In

The British EBF is also committed to engaging with the local community and charities through participation in the Racing Together lead Community Day each year. The Jockey Club’s charity, Racing Welfare, is supported through two key events in the year: Mental Health Awareness Week and Racing Staff Week with races allocated to the charity during both weeks.

In 2013 the British EBF joined the Levy Board and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), establishing a coordinated approach to funding veterinary research via a Small Grants Scheme. Each year, a selection of research projects is put forward for consideration for the three organisations to fund either jointly or independently.  This collaboration is another example of how the British EBF has been increasing its racing industry engagement and has formed part of overall contributions in excess of £1.25million to equine veterinary research since the foundation of the EBF in 1983.

For more information about each of our charitable partners, please follow the links below:

Racing to School:

Racing Welfare: