Greenwich Students Visit Ascot
By Dan Cooper
Press release: 14/05/13
Students from the University of Greenwich Business School visited Ascot Racecourse on Wednesday May 1st, taking advantage of Ascot’s free race-day aimed at attracting new audiences to the second largest spectator sport in the country.
Over thirty students, many of which had never visited a racecourse before, were able to experience the thrills of a race day and even get up close to racehorses, after Ascot
generously offered the University a free group booking. The students many of whom are studying International Events Management at Greenwich observed and were given an insight into management operations and logistics of running of a Race Day at the internationally recognised sporting venue. The university itself is a UN World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century and described as “More breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV”.
Student organisers said the response for the trip was overwhelming and are already looking to make the site visit a yearly occasion and would welcome Ascot and other UK racecourses to continue supporting student visitors. The students transport to Ascot was provided by Greenwich’s Student Union which aims promote and assist a variety of student activities throughout the year. Daniel Cooper, who is currently studying for his BA in Events Management at Greenwich and organised the site visit said “…Ascot is an international sporting venue recognised throughout the world right on our very door step, so the opportunity to go and experience racing there was not to be missed. Hopefully it will inspire a new generation to follow racing, or visit a racecourse again soon”.