SIXTY racecourses have invited members of the Armed Forces to join them at the races this season through the military charity Tickets For Troops. 

There are 60 racecourses across Britain from Perth in Scotland to Newton Abbot in Devon.

These and all other racecourses including Bangor-on-Dee, Doncaster, Fontwell Park and Sandown Park have all signed up to support the Armed Forces community with a donation of FREE tickets to their prestigious race days.

Many troops who benefit from Tickets For Troops ( endure long periods of separation from their families due to operational tours and training exercises or living apart from their families during the week.

In partnership with the British Horseracing Authority, Tickets For Troops have distributed over 65,000 free tickets from the horse racing community.

Veronica Bamford, Director of Operations at Tickets For Troops said “In an exciting year for the charity where we’ll be donated our one millionth ticket, we’re thrilled with the generosity of the horse racing community who so clearly stand behind our servicemen and women and reward them for their service.

This phenomenal level of support once again demonstrates the high regard our nation has for our marvellous troops and we’re very proud to be able to help facilitate thousands of tremendous experiences.”

Robin Mounsey, Head Of Media at the BHA “Racecourses are more than just sporting venues, they also play an important part in their local communities and the rural economy. The generosity of our racecourses in donating tickets for this wonderful cause reflects that spirit of community, and clear support for the dedication and bravery of our armed forces. We hope that many servicemen and women enjoy the sensational sporting experience that a day at the races provides in 2017.”

Russell Bowes, Chief Executive at Plumpton Racecourse said: “Plumpton Racecourse has been happy to support this worthwhile charity for many years, and we look forward to working with Tickets for Troops in the future, to continue to offer a great day out to members of our Armed Forces.”

Jan Denning, Commercial Director at Wolverhampton Racecourse and Conference Centre said: “We are proud to support Ticket For Troops and are very humbled in doing so. Our troops give so much selflessly to us, it is the very least we can do to show our appreciation in whatever way. Thank you for all you do.”

Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said:

“Being Lincolnshire’s only racecourse in a county with a long and proud history of military service to the United Kingdom, we have been and continue to be delighted to welcome a large number of visitors from local Royal Air Force bases, such as RAF Waddington, RAF Scampton and RAF Cranwell, to our race meetings.

Market Rasen Racecourse is a popular day out for families and service personnel have certainly taken the opportunity to apply for admission under the Tickets For Troops initiative and enjoy our attractive fixtures such as County, Super Sundays and Family Extravaganza days.”

Alex Eade, General Manager, Goodwood Racecourse said: “As a former Royal Engineer Officer I was very pleased to be in a position at Goodwood to support this important initiative and it is great to see the whole racing industry feeling the same way. I look forward to welcoming many more of my former colleagues to an exciting day’s racing at Goodwood in the near future.”

Jeannie Chantler, General Manager at Bangor on Dee Races said: “Bangor on Dee as a small local track has been delighted to be able to support Tickets For Troops since its inception, it is great to see that there are plenty of folk taking up the offer and even better that many of them come time and time again.  To be able to help them is brilliant but also it aids the racecourse with their return visits and no doubt others coming with them on return trips.  Well done Tickets For Troops for gathering in all 60 tracks and well done racing for all supporting this very worthy cause.”

Katy Webster, Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator at Perth Racecourse said: “Perth Racecourse are delighted to be supporting Tickets for Troops for the 7th year.  It is a cause close to our hearts and looking forward to welcoming troops to Perth Races in 2017.”

Tickets For Troops was set up in 2009 to provide free tickets to the Armed Forces for sports, music, theatre, cultural and entertainment events across the UK.

The charity has distributed over 980,000 free tickets in the last seven years and is proud to offer tickets to troops which they can share with their loved ones, as a small acknowledgement and reward for the work they do for our country.

Organisations who would like to get involved with the charity and donate free tickets to benefit our servicemen and women can get in contact with Tickets For Troops by emailing or calling 0207 932 0808

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