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The 2020 Lycetts Team Champion Award
The Lycetts Team Champion Award celebrates and rewards the British racehorse training yards with the highest standards of employee management.
The 2020 award was launched on 7th October 2019; nominations must be submitted by 3rd April 2020. Our objectives are to:
A £4000 prize awaits the winner in both categories, yards with 40 or more horses and yards with fewer than 40 horses.
All entries are eligible for Lycetts Team Champion Accreditation - Standard or Gold, depending on the points earned from the nomination. Trainers can choose not to compete for the award and apply only for accreditation.
How to apply for Lycetts Team Champion Award and Accreditation
To apply for the 2020 Award and Accreditation - register your intention to nominate by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation email to assure you that you are part of the LTCA 2020 and answers to any questions you may have.
In 2020 there is a nomination form for each of the five sections. The forms comprise step-by-step instructions and examples showing the type of evidence the judges expect to see. An explanation of the award process can be viewed in the video link below - "Guide for Teams 2020".
Download Nomination Forms & Guide
Why Should My Yard Enter The 2020 Award?
Taking part in the Lycetts Team Champion Award will
Watch this video to hear Lycetts Team Champion Trainers describing the benefits of entering the award.
The Winning Approach
A copy of The Winning Approach can be found on the NTF website using the link below. Development of The Winning Approach and the award was funded with the help of The Racing Foundation.
Lycetts Team Champion Award Yards in 2018 and 2019
Lycetts Team Champion Standard Accreditation is awarded to yards that have shown very good levels of team ethos and staff engagement.
Lycetts Team Champion Gold Accreditation is awarded to yards that have shown outstanding levels of team ethos and staff engagement.
Based on their previous scores, the following yards are currently accredited:
Yogi Breisner, renowned for his stellar accomplishments as a competitor and leader in the field of Three Day Eventing, chaired the panel and presented the prizes for 2019. Commenting on the judges' experience of the awards and the assessment, Breisner said, "It has been a very interesting exercise to be one of the judges and a privilege to be involved in a fantastic initiative by Lycetts and the NTF".
For the 2019 LTCA the judges compared nominated teams in two categories - those with fewer than forty horses in training and those trainers with more than forty horses in training. The applicants were reduced to a short list of four in each category. The names of the trainers with teams in the shortlist for 2019 were:
Benefits Gained from the Award Experience
Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive of the NTF, said, "I am delighted at how enthusiastically trainers and their staff have responded to this new award. By participating, they have opened their businesses to scrutiny by knowledgeable professionals and demonstrated that British racehorse trainers offer great places to work. We have established a strong base from which to build the award for the future. I know other trainers are already keen to follow their colleagues' example next year and we have acquired a bundle of knowledge and lessons to share with them."
We congratulate the teams which achieved a star rating based on the judges' scoring of their nomination form. The star rating is awarded in recognition of the high standard of their employment practices.
The History of the Team Champion Award
In early 2017, Rupert Arnold proposed the initiative for the National Trainers Federation (NTF) to create a Team Champion Award. With a successful application to The Racing Foundation who awarded the NTF a grant and sponsorship from Lycetts Insurance Brokers, the Lycetts Team Champion was born.
The conception of the idea for this initiative was to:
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About Lycetts Insurance
The Lycetts Group was founded in 1961 and has grown to become one of the UK's leading independently-operated insurance brokers. Lycetts specialises in farm and estate insurance and provides bespoke financial services, commercial and bloodstock insurance advice. It has 17 offices in the UK, with its headquarters based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
About The Racing Foundation
The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote. It is registered with the Charity Commission as a charity (no. 1145297). Since inception, the Racing Foundation has granted just over £7.6million to charities associated with the horseracing and thoroughbred breeding industry in Britain, supporting work in social welfare, education, training and participation, horse welfare, equine science research, and heritage and culture.
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2020 Team Champion Award