The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) together with Tickets For Troops are pleased to announce that every racecourse in Great Britain will once again offer free tickets to Armed Forces personnel in 2019.
Since the scheme launched in 2009 British Racecourses have donated nearly 80,000 tickets to the scheme, which allows those employed in the Armed Forces to attend some of British racing’s premier days for free.
2019 is the third year all of Great Britain’s courses have signed up for the scheme and once again tickets are on offer for events such as Royal Ascot, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, the William Hill St Leger Festival and Cheltenham’s November Meeting.
Stuart Higgins, Director at Tickets For Troops, said:
“This year marks our 10 year anniversary and we would like to thank the British Horseracing Authority and all the racecourses which have been so generous and consistent supporters of Tickets For Troops since the charity’s launch. With racecourses throughout the UK it means troops and their families from all corners of the country can enjoy a great day out in recognition of their efforts in keeping us safe and secure.”
Robin Mounsey, Head of Media at the BHA, said:
“It is good news that once again in 2019 the brave men and women who serve our country will be able to enjoy a wide variety of British racing’s fixtures across all 59 racecourses.
“Our thanks goes to the racecourses as well as Tickets For Troops and we hope plenty will enjoy a well-deserved day out at the races this year.”
Caroline Davies, Racecourse Services Director at the Racecourse Association, commented:
“We are proud to support Tickets for Troops and to offer our service men and women the opportunity to enjoy a day out at the races with their families. The tenth anniversary of this scheme is a wonderful landmark which has seen almost 80,000 tickets provided and we look forward to continuing to support Tickets for Troops in the years to come.”
Notes to editors:
1. Tickets For Troops provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces for a variety of sporting, musical and cultural events. The service offers serving personnel and those medically discharged from the Forces since 2001, the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy an event of their choice with their friends and families. More can be found on their website here, where tickets can also be booked.
2. The RCA works on behalf of racecourses to represent their views within the sport through the tripartite structure of the Members’ Agreement alongside BHA and The Horsemen’s Group. Outside of horseracing, we work alongside the Government, other sports and leisure venues and national charities to meet the needs of racecourses.
Additionally, the RCA encourages and facilitates racecourse community engagement, involvement in horse welfare initiatives, responsible drinking campaigns, and various other partnerships within the sport.
3. A map of the 59 British racecourses can be found here.