The global horse racing and breeding operation Godolphin and the UK’s secondary co-educational school, the Newmarket Academy, have partnered to enhance the student experience through career pathways.
The five-year collaboration entitled the ‘Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project’ (NAGBP) includes a GBP250, 000 investment, representing a significant commitment from Godolphin, under the direction of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to the Newmarket Academy. The project aims to enhance the learning experiences of all students at the academy and to enable them to access a broad range of career pathways.
It is managed and facilitated by a charity organisation called the ‘Racing To School’, supporting young people’s learning and development. The project will denote student support in each year group ranging from learning days in the local community and within local industries, to personalise career guidance on applying for a series of job opportunities.
Commenting on the partnership, Hugh Anderson, Managing Director for Godolphin in the UK and Dubai, said, “This new partnership will boost education and employment opportunities among young people in Newmarket. It offers unique behind the scenes access, making the learning experience a special one which students want to engage in and represents His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s on-going commitment to Newmarket and those who live in the communities within which we work.”
Supporting student development
Representing the charity, John Blake notes that the ‘Racing to School’ programme will support the learning and development of the academic students, designed to work alongside their curriculum subjects. The racing industry offers incredible opportunities and challenges for young people to improve their skills and plot their later careers.
WAM reports that the partnership will start shortly with ‘Maths In Action’ activity days at the Newmarket racecourse, and in the first week of October, students from the Newmarket Academy will participate in Dubai Future Champions Education Week.
Godolphin was founded by Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in 1992. As of now, Godolphin has so far won 220 Group One races in 12 different countries, across four continents.
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