“At the moment I am struggling getting my A-levels and I feel like jockey Rossa Ryan is my motivation to get A*-As! Having come to Lingfield and heard everything that he is doing to perform at the highest level, understanding how strict he is and how much he has had to give up to be successful is really inspiring.”
Monsurat Sadiku is 17 and grew up in Brixton, Lambeth an area well known for it’s high level of deprivation, with high unemployment figures, low educational retention as well as social issues such as youth violence, gang rivalry, drug and alcohol misuse. She first got involved with Active Communities Network 3 years ago via one of our estate-based youth club sessions near to her home. Despite the negative social environments she has faced, Monsurat is a determined young female who hopes to obtain 3 A-levels all whilst being part of the Lambeth youth council to provide a voice for young females like herself.
Monsurat recently visited Lingfield Park Resort as part of Take The Reins programme which is being delivered across Lambeth and Southwark. The careers and race day on the 8th March was her first ever experience of racing and the careers the industry has to offer. The day comprised of a tour of the grounds, including the weight room, all-weather track, hospitality boxes, stables and more. The day also included inspiring talks from industry professionals such as jockeys, estates manager, stewards, HR, trainers, broadcasters and others. Monsurat attended the day with little expectations having never seen a race on TV, but came away astounded by the number of different careers available in one race course.
With everything on her doorstep in Brixton, Monsurat rarely travels outside of the borough so she valued the opportunity to step into something completely out of her comfort zone. The day provided a great opportunity to improve wider skills such as communication and confidence having spent the day with Sky broadcaster Vanessa Binnie Ryle and experienced a day in front of the cameras. Even though Monsurat’s employment aspirations are not connected to the horseracing industry, the opportunity has provided her with motivation to work-hard, especially after speaking with Jockey Rossa Ryan who at only 18 has already achieved so much. In addition, thinking ahead to university selection, the experience has encouraged her to explore universities outside of London and large cities, which she was previously scared to do.