Rio Ferdinand associated with the Jockey Club through his youth charity, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and described racing as having a lot to offer “as a career path and as a sport”.
The former Manchester United and England defender will aim to help young people from some of the UK’s most deprived communities learn more about sport as a hobby and an industry they can work in .
Initially, educating groups of 16 to 24 year olds about the sport through tours, open days and numerous sessions with its employees, the Jockey Club – which operates tracks such as Cheltenham, Epsom, Aintree and Newmarket – will also showcase the wide variety of jobs horse racing has to offer, from sales and IT to turf management and operational roles.
The partnership will be an integral part of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s #NotBoxed campaign, which features a number of events and opportunities to stimulate new investment and support from business and government, other decision makers and people at power and includes industries ranging from construction and sports to music and entertainment.
Ferdinand said: “I am truly delighted to be working with the Jockey Club to show so many young people all that horse racing has to offer, both as a career path and as a sport.
“Ten years ago we set up the Rio Ferdinand Foundation with the aim of supporting and empowering 16 to 24 year olds from some of the most deprived communities in the UK, while tackling racism and discrimination head-on. inequality.
He added: “Since then, we have helped thousands of young people through education and employment, opening their eyes to the opportunities available to them and helping them make the most of take advantage of the skills and talents at their disposal.
“Day in and day out we work with community centres, education providers and a whole range of industries to help young people realize their true potential and it’s fantastic that we are now able to do the same in horse racing thanks to this collaboration with the Jockey Club.
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