Celebrate Black History Month At The Races


20 October 2021

Talented young performers will be marking Black History Month in front of racegoers at Lingfield Park with music, dance, poetry and tales – all in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Using their own creativity, the young people will be celebrating their talents both before and during the National Hunt racing as Lingfield Park shows its support for charities working with ethnically diverse communities.

Racegoers will be able to meet horses from the Metropolitan Police’s Mounted Section, as well as youth support officers, cadets and members of the Black Police Association who will all be showing their support of the young people as they bring their multi-ethnic message to the racecourse.  Those performing include Hertfordshire-based Alternative and Indie Rock Band, Kick Pistol, Quinton Green (aka Champagne Bubbler) who is a UK Urban performer and anti-knife crime campaigner who has worked with Stormzy, Kano, and Ms Dynamite and Boysayso, a jazz/rap star who describes his latest track release as: ‘A mix of tribal beats, UK rap and Jazz fusion sounds.’

Take The Reins (TTR), a sports-based not-for-profit organisation working primarily through and in the racing industry to support and deliver positive outcomes for young people and communities, is helping to stage the Stephen Lawrence Day Youth Unity Awards with partner not-for-profit organisations, Kickoff@3 and Proud and Gifted.

“This is all about recognising the talent of young people and highlighting how many opportunities the sport of horseracing has for young people from all communities,” said Deborah Hay, TTR’s CEO.

Michael Wallace, a serving Met Police officer and co-founder of Kickoff@3 which empowers young people through sport, music and art, added: “We held an online Youth Unity event in April to mark Stephen Lawrence Day, and this is the perfect event to recognise the talent that was involved in that day. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring this talent to Lingfield Park racecourse and show a different crowd what our young people are capable of.”

Throughout the pandemic TTR has worked extensively with youth groups and diverse communities to maintain its network and reach for future projects. Partners such as Kickoff@3 and Proud and Gifted, which celebrates young people’s talents, enable it to connect with communities traditionally untouched by the racing industry.

“Racing has already pledged an industry-wide commitment to Diversity & Inclusion to make sure the sport is open to all and this is part of that journey,” added Deborah. “I really hope the racing audience at Lingfield on 31st October, support this.”

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