Friday 11 December 2009

Nine racecourses pledge hundreds of free entry tickets to our soldiers, sailors and airmen. Children under 16 go FREE to all nine courses so Troops can enjoy a family day at the races at no cost

Tickets For Troops (T4T) offers servicemen and women a number of free tickets for days at the races, and most racecourses around Britain have agreed to participate in the initiative.
In recognition of the extraordinary work of our Armed Forces, Britain’s racecourses have included over 800 fixtures within their donation to T4T, including top days such as The Ebor Festival at York, The St Leger at Doncaster and The Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.
In addition to any other provision, the eight Yorkshire flat courses are offering free tickets for Troops at the third Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival, from Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 July 2010. And jumping course Wetherby is chipping in with its fixture on Thursday 3 June.
‘Our Summer Festival is the ideal vehicle to offer county-wide support for this worthwhile initiative. With a significant number of service bases in Yorkshire, such as Catterick and York Garrisons and RAF Leeming and Linton-on-Ouse, I’m sure we’ll get an excellent response,’ said Simon Channon, Chairman of Go Racing in Yorkshire.
Tickets for Troops is a new and independent not-for-profit organisation. The sole aim of the initiative is to secure the donation of tickets to major sporting and cultural events across the country from the organisers, and to make them available through a dedicated website to all serving members of HM Forces and all those medically discharged from the Forces since the commencement of military action in Afghanistan in 2001. Applicants simply register at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk and can then choose to make their booking from one of thousands of available events. For each booking a donation of just £1 is requested, with all proceeds being donated across various Service charities.
This noble initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of Patrons, including Vera Lynne, Lawrence Dallaglio and James Blunt and thousands of tickets have been made available for top Premier League football matches, rugby games, cricket matches, boxing, athletics meetings, big music acts, tennis tournaments, snooker halls and West End theatres, in addition to horseracing.
Nic Coward, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority, said:
“We are very proud to be a part of Tickets For Troops and to champion the remarkable work of our country’s service men and women. We have attracted an enormous amount of support from racecourses around the country and hope that this pledge from British Horseracing goes some way to recognising the brave work carried out by our Armed Forces.”
To find out more about this initiative, visit www.britishhorseracing.com/tickets-for-troops/ or visit http://seetickets.com/ticketsfortroops/ to register.
For further information on ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ please contact www.goracing.co.uk
For further information on the nationwide racecourse involvement please contact Amy Sherman, Promotions Manager at the British Horseracing Authority, on 020 7152 0115 or 07554 400150 or email her at asherman@britishhorseracing.com
Notes for Editors:
About the British Horseracing Authority:
It is the British Horseracing Authority’s role to ensure the continued health and successful development of the sport. As both the Governing and Regulatory body it is the British Horseracing Authority’s responsibility to:
  • provide the most compelling and attractive racing in the world;
  • be seen as the world leader in raceday regulation;
  • ensure the highest standards for the sport and participants, on and away from the racecourse;
  • promote the best for the racehorse; and
  • represent and promote the sport and the industry
For more information visit www.britishhorseracing.com
About Tickets For Troops:
Tickets For Troops is a brand new and independent not for profit organisation dedicated to offering tickets for big events to our soldiers, sailors and airmen.
Thousands of tickets are being made available for top Premier League football matches, rugby games, cricket matches, boxing, horseracing, athletics meetings, big music acts, tennis tournaments, snooker halls and West End theatres.
For each booking a donation of just £1 is requested and all proceeds will be donated across various Service charities.
All serving military personnel and any veterans who have been medically discharged through injury since 2001 qualify for tickets.


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