Schools & Educaton

Ascot welcomes children under 18 years free to the races, especially at dedicated family racedays, and supports a number of local schools with our fundraising activities, donating hundreds of raceday tickets every year.  

In 2002, Ascot launched the Colts & Fillies Club with the aim of making horse racing more accessible to our younger audience. The Club is free to join for all children aged 17 years and under, and currently has 18,857 members.  

The annual “Royal Ascot Schools Art Competition” was launched in 2018 giving local school children the opportunity to send in their colourful artwork for a chance of winning £1,000 for their school.  The winning entries are currently displayed in the Heath Tunnel which runs from Ascot High Street to the Heath.  

Christmas Poem Competition
Newly launched for 2021, local schools have been invited to send in their entries by 27/11/21 for judging by Clare Balding.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

This charity-run educational programme takes place at Ascot on term-time racedays throughout the year.  It has been designed to support young people's learning and development with the aim of encouraging an interest in horseracing, both as a leisure activity and as a future career path.  The charity also have many online resources.  

Work Experience Days
Our 1711 catering team, headed up by Executive Head Chef, Gemma Amor, have been delighted to host catering students from local SEN schools.  

Family Day Offers for Local Schools 
For 2021 local schools who are signed up to our cashback scheme can raise money on family racedays.  For all Queen Anne Tickets booked at the advance booking price, 25% is returned to the nominated school.

If you are interested in a career in the horse racing industry, the “Careers in Racing” website (run by the British Horseracing Authority’s Careers Team) provides a wealth of information and resources including a national job board detailing current vacancies.


For more information on any of the above programmes, please email: [email protected].