In addition to the work of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Club reaches out to the community through events like The Riding High Together Festival, its flagship community event at Sha Tin Racecourse and Penfold Park, which seeks to educate and inspire Hong Kong people with a positive can-do spirit. Drawing directly on its business design and sporting event management experience the Club also supports the development of equestrian sports and community football.
In preparation for the equestrian events of the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which were held in Hong Kong, the Club provided HK$1.2 billion to fund the construction of competition venues, being recognised as an Outstanding Contributor for its support. The Club also managed their construction and provided all supporting logistics during the competition itself.
The Club subsequently assisted with the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games equestrian events, and as a legacy is constructing the Conghua Training Centre on the site. Building on this success the Club is now fostering the talent of Hong Kong riders, helping them to receive elite training in Europe. Several have already achieved success in international competitions.
Public enthusiasm for equestrian sports is fostered through the Club’s three public riding schools, which attract more than 60,000 visits a year, and through its sponsorship and logistical support for equestrian events like the 5-star Masters of Hong Kong. A highlight of the latter is the HKJC Race of the Riders, a unique event, which pairs top Hong Kong jockeys with elite equestrian riders in a test of riding skill. For more details see JC Community Equestrian Development..
Football provides another opportunity for the Club to utilise its business expertise as a force for positive change at both individual and community level. In collaboration with the Hong Kong Football Association and NGO partners, the Club has initiated the JC Youth Football Development programme to bring professional coaching, as well as leadership and life skills training, to Hong Kong’s young people - helping them grow physically, mentally and socially. Several have already been inspired to give back, sharing their learning as community football coaches.
Through its HKJC Junior Sports Reporters Programme the Club is helping young people improve their language and communication skills. And working in close partnership with districts, the Club seeks to address community needs at the local level, in many cases enlisting the support of its employee volunteer team, CARE@hkjc.