The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has joined forces with Tickets For Troops, to offer free tickets to armed personnel in 2018.
Over 70,000 tickets have been donated by British Racecourses since the scheme commenced in 2009, which allows those employed in the armed forces to attend some of British racing’s premier days for free.
Lord Marland, Chairman of Tickets For Troops, said: “This is fantastic news from the BHA which has been a very generous supporter of Tickets For Troops since launch.
“The geography of racecourses throughout the UK means that troops and their families from all corners of country can enjoy a great day out in recognition of their efforts in keeping us safe and secure.”
Will Aitkenhead, Communications Executive at the Racecourse Association, commented: “It’s fantastic that all 60 racecourses are supporting this important and well received scheme allowing racing to show our appreciation in a small way to the men and women who serve our country.
“The Tickets For Troops scheme in racing is an extension of the already wide-ranging and impactful work that all racecourses do to help their communities and we look forward to welcoming lots of the troops and their families to racecourses this year.”
This latest deal, covering 2018, marks the second time that all 60 racecourses in Great Britain have signed up for the scheme.
Amongst the events covered as part of the scheme is Royal Ascot, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, the William Hill St Leger Festival and Cheltenham’s November Meeting.
Robin Mounsey, Head of Media at the BHA, added: “It is great news that all 60 racecourses are able to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country, and we are grateful to our racecourses for the generosity they continue to show.
“There is a wider variety of fixtures on offer than ever this year and we hope plenty of troops will enjoy a well-deserved day out at the races in 2018.”