Every year Jockey Club Estates works with Newmarket Racecourse on Godolphin Dubai Future Champions Education Week (DFCEW) – a series of activities that gives all the students from Year 8 at Newmarket Academy a chance to learn about the inner workings of the horseracing industry. The event is aimed at highlighting both the historical and current importance of horseracing to the town, together with the varied career opportunities on offer. In addition, in conjunction with Discover Newmarket, Jockey Club Estates provide tours of the Training Grounds and racing yards to local schools and members of the public. Similarly in Epsom, behind the scenes tours of the racecourse are staged for local schools and community groups.
Our Heath Medics also provide first aid training and defibrillator training to members of the public. (see below)
Public access to private land
In Newmarket and Lambourn Jockey Club Estates owns and maintains over 3,000 acres of private land. The Newmarket Training Grounds are open to the public after 1pm daily for use by all locals and visitors for fresh air and exercise. It is hard to think of another town of comparable size to Newmarket with as much space open and accessible for public use. Our property has been used to host many local events and good causes in recent years, including the Henry Cecil Open Weekend, Lambourn Open Day, the Soapbox Derby, Great Run Local, the Newmarket Heath Ride, and weekly local Sunday runs.
Open Days and the Henry Cecil Open Weekend
Newmarket’s Henry Cecil Open Weekend has become a popular event in recent years with thousands of people travelling from all over the country to visit Newmarket and see behind the scenes into the yards based in the town. Jockey Club Estates plays a fundamental role in delivering the weekend, providing both land and personnel to give visitors the best possible experience. The event raises funds for local causes. Similar events are run at both Lambourn on Good Friday and Epsom on the August Bank Holiday Monday, allowing visitors an insight into working with racehorses while also providing a family day out and raising money for local charities and benevolent funds.
First Responder aid to the Community
In Newmarket we run a Heath Medics service which was originally set up to come to the aid of injured stable staff from the local training yards. However, our Medics, Rob and Alex, do far more than that. They have been responsible for the installation of a defibrillator on the High Street, for use in any emergency, are often seen at local events providing first aid services and have regularly been called to local emergencies as first responders. Our Lead Heath Medic, Rob Achner was among the nominees for the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Community Award 2021.
Goodwill and community support
Our staff are encouraged to get involved with local charities, community initiatives and fund raisers both through Jockey Club Estates and individually. Some examples include, but are not limited to, the voluntary refurbishment of a much loved public bench with a view to the gallops, helping at Newmarket Open Door, hosting the Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley ‘Junior Citizen’ child safety event, sporting events aimed at raising money for charity, helping to maintain trees and hedges to keep the community looking at its best, litter picking and restoring fencing at a local primary school.
The year 2020 was an unusual and difficult, but our team rose to the challenges they were faced with. Throughout both lockdowns, our Training Grounds remained operational for racehorses in the mornings and provided plenty of much needed space for local residents to exercise while socially distancing.
In Newmarket we also played a big part in an initiative to help the vulnerable during the pandemic by working together with local organisations such as Newmarket Racecourses, the Council, Tesco Newmarket and Discover Newmarket setting up a helpline and delivery service for those in need.
In Epsom, The Jockey Club team as a whole contributed to a community initiative titled the East Surrey Poverty Truth Commission. This project was aimed at bringing local people and businesses together to find meaningful and lasting solutions to Surrey’s hidden but prevalent issues related to poverty. Please see video below.