31 October 2019
Hereford Racecourse and Hereford Football Club have formed a successful new partnership, which sees the launch of their inaugural Academy Raceday on 4th November.
The raceday will raise awareness and funds for the club's Youth Academy. This nurtures and develops young football stars of the future, a crucial element for the club’s progress.
The raceday will hold football at its heart with a fun 'jockey vs footballer' penalty shoot-out at 13:30 before racing in the Parade Ring. Hereford FC players will also be on hand throughout the day to meet with fans and racegoers.
Rebecca Davies, Executive Director at Hereford Racecourse commented, “I hope many Hereford FC season ticket holders will come and enjoy the day for free. This marks the start of a programme of events between both of the City’s sporting stadiums.”
General Manager of Hereford FC, James Watts, said, “This is a great opportunity for Hereford FC to promote the good work that is being done by our newly formed Academy, while raising funds for the continued development of our Academy product. It’s an exciting partnership with our neighbours at the racecourse.”
As well as maintaining its existing partnerships, the Racecourse is delighted to announce two brand new ones: with Keltruck, the largest Scania distributor in Europe,which recently opened a new depot in Hereford and Jackson Property, one of Hereford’s longest standing independent property agents.
These are further positive steps for Hereford Racecourse, which is committed to championing local business. The Racecourse is continuing its association with Tallis Amos and has renewed contracts with Cotswold Mini and BMW and Central Roofing. Westerns Cider is also maintaining sponsorship of the owners and trainers’ bar and facilities.
For more information, or to buy tickets, please visit www.racecoursewebsite.co.uk.
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About Hereford FC:
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Established in 1983, Keltruck limitied is the largest independent Scania distributor in Europe, serving the Midlands and South Wales from its 19 operating locations.
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About Jackson Property
As one of Herefordshire’s longest standing independent property agents, they have the ability to provide professional expertise in residential sales and lettings as well as auctions and specialist rural and equestrian property.
Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK. In 2019 ARC Group racecourses will host 570 fixtures with 1.2 million people attending racing at one of ARC’s racecourses each year.
ARC is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
ARC runs four of the six all-weather racecourses in the UK offering three different types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park, fibresand at Southwell Racecourse and tapeta at Newcastle and Wolverhampton Racecourses – the only tapeta racing surfaces in Europe.
In 2013 ARC pioneered the All-Weather Championships which see horses compete throughout the winter for the chance of qualifying for a £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday at Lingfield Park. This initiative is helping raise the profile and prestige of all-weather racing in Great Britain.
ARC hosts racing at all levels of the sport from Class 7 through to Group 1s. Doncaster Racecourse is home to the world’s oldest Classic, the William Hill St Leger, run each year in September as part of the four-day William Hill St Leger Festival as well as the final Group 1 of the year in Britain, the Vertem Futurity Trophy. Feature jumps races include the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse, the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse and Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
As well as racing, ARC also operates a hotel at Wolverhampton Racecourse, a hotel, spa resort and golf course at Lingfield Park and The Border Minstrel public house at Newcastle Racecourse in the grounds of Gosforth Park. The Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse opened in September 2018.
ARC is a significant shareholder in the horseracing TV channel Sky Sports Racing which is broadcast on the Sky platform to c.14 million homes.
ARC plays a pivotal role in British Racing. It is a shareholder in British Champions Series and Racecourse Data Company and is on the boards of the Racecourse Association (“RCA”), Great British Racing (“GBR”) and British Champion Series (“BCS”).
In 2015 ARC set up The Racing Partnership. This limited company represents the media rights of the 16 ARC owned-racecourses and 6 independent racecourses Fakenham, Hexham, Newton Abbot, Plumpton, Ripon and Towcester.
In addition to racecourses ARC owns Newcastle and Sunderland Greyhound Stadia and looks after the media interests of the Greyhound Media Group (“GMG”).
ARC employs 650 permanent staff and engages with 3,500 casual staff for racing and events across its racecourses. Further information about ARC can be found at www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk.