Musselburgh Racecourse plays an active role within both the racing and local community. With an average of 28 racedays per year we provide regular opportunities for owners and trainers to race their horses during both the flat and jump seasons. We also continue to build links with the local community by staging local events and activities throughout the year.
The Musselburgh Racecourse Community Activity Plan
The plan is developing quickly with a variety of events taken place in the last year and lots more exciting plans to come.
In 2014 the team at Musselburgh were inspired to want to do more in our local community. We felt we wanted our actions to have a long term plan that matched the values, resources, assets and skills of the racecourse to the needs of the community. Since 2014 our Community activity has become more defined, and is now embedded within our culture and is supported by every member of staff.
In additional to our local community we want to provide meaningful links with the racing community. The Racing Industry has launched a Community Engagement programme - Racing Together - and Musselburgh wants to play its part as they seek to help both others in racing and locally.
Activities so far include:
- Educational outreach: Working with Musselburgh Grammar, the Racecourse staged two employability workshops in May. These focused on providing an insight into Hospitality, Events and Ground care. The children from Musselburgh Grammar were able to learn about how we prepare for our hospitality events and set a table for formal service. Future plans include working with Racing Together to deliver practical maths training at the Racecourse for all S1 students, media training, and insights into event management as well as practical work experience opportunities throughout the new academic year.
- Musselburgh Museum: We are delighted to be working with Musselburgh Museum who have kindly provided us with the opportunity to host an exhibition to celebrate our Bi- Centenary. The team at the Museum have been fantastic, offering to collate materials and we are delighted that our appeal for memorabilia has already generated some lovely artefacts.
- Sporting Memories Network: In October we will host our first Sporting Memories coffee morning. Sporting Memories Network uses sporting memories and images of sport to help engage isolated older people with dementia and other mental health issues in lively conversations, in weekly groups that take place across the UK. We plan to hold regular events at the racecourse. We also had a team of “memory makers” on course on our Bi- Centenary Raceday on the 8th July. This team of volunteers recorded conversations with racegoers about their own memories of coming racing at Musselburgh.
- Give and Gain: In 2015 over 30 members of staff participated in our first Give and Gain Day. With the support of Business in the Community we worked with Olivebank Community Centre to help develop their garden area. The focus for the groundstaff team was creating a new water feature which the children at the centre could enjoy, splashing and playing around in come rain or shine! In addition the office team were busy painting a new mural to brighten up a wall as well as tidying and paint the surrounding garden and fences. We loved the day and enjoyed being out of the office making a real difference to an important Community Centre. In 2016 we have completed a litter picking project which saw a team of 12 volunteers picking litter along the beach near the racecourse. We are also planning another larger project to help a local school out with new pathways for their outdoor area.
- Racing Welfare Stable staff week: Racing Welfare is a UK charity that supports the needs of Racing stable and stud staff. As part of their official week of activities Musselburgh Racecourse was happy to provide a free meal to all stable staff, a special Bi-Centenary gift to all stable staff with a winning horses as well as increased Best Turned Out prizes.
- Supporting local events: Musselburgh stages a variety of community events and the Racecourse is delighted to be supporting some of these. We recently welcomed the Reading is Braw celebration event to the Racecourse for an evening of storytelling, activities and stunt bike displays. We also welcomed the Gig at the Grandstand which was part of the historic Riding of the Marches week.
Musselburgh Racecourse enjoys a close and active relationship with the local community. We work hard to ensure that people within Musselburgh are proud of the racecourse, with its high quality facilities and through the range of events hosted here.
The racecourse is accessible to families and young people with free admission offered to children 17 years and under (accompanied by an adult) and our popular Family Days include a host of free entertainment such as fairground rides, bouncy castles and live music. Concession tickets are also available for all racedays (excluding our sell-out Ladies Day). Senior citizens are regular racegoers and a significant part of our local community - regardless of the full adult price, senior citizens can come racing from £15 per person (£20 on Edinburgh Cup).
Musselburgh Racecourse hosts educational days for local schools through the support from the British Horseracing Educations and Standards Trust (BHEST). BHEST attend some of our Family Days with their excellent Equicisor (a mechanical horse which trainee jockeys use), horseracing displays and information on careers in racing.
We are also supportive of local charities and throughout the year provide a large number of admission tickets for use in fund raising prize draws and auctions.
In addition to our year round fixture programme, Musselburgh is the venue for many community activities, such as The Historical New Year Sprint, Silver Arrow, a two day Harness Racemeeting and events connected to The Honest Toun celebrations.
Musselburgh Racecourse is one of a total of 60 racecourses in Britain, and is an active member of the racing community. We work closely with the British Horseracing Authority to help promote quality racing and attract new audiences. We actively support the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) which helps introduce racing to schools through tailored activity days and educational support packs.
Musselburgh is also part of Scottish Racing which jointly promotes all five Scottish racecourses.