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Lycetts Leadership & Team Champions Awards 2021

Entering for this years Awards

Latest Information
Dana Mellor will explain to you the reasons why entering the awards will enhance you, your staff, your owners and your horses and ultimately your business.

Latest Webinar
Shelley Perham hosts the webinar with Dana Mellor discussing the different awards, the changes made from last year in response to competitors suggestions and how to enter before the closing date of 30th June.

About the Awards

The NTF and Lycetts Insurance Brokers are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Lycetts Leadership & Team Champions Awards.

Entries open on Monday 17th May 2021 and will close on Wednesday 30th June 2021.

Winners will be invited to a prize giving and hospitality event at Sandown Park Racecourse on 15th September 2021, hosted by the NTF and Lycetts Insurance Brokers.

Taking part in the Lycetts Leadership & Team Champions Awards will:

  • Give you an industry-recognised accreditation. This quality mark shows employees and clients that your yard operates high standards of staff management.

  • Give you an opportunity to benchmark your business and indicate where and how improvements could be made.

  • Qualify your yard for promotion through the Racing Groom website.

  • Give your business a chance of winning great prizes funded by our generous sponsors - Lycetts Insurance Brokers, Farm & Stable Supplies and George Smith Horseboxes.
The Awards will again celebrate racehorse training yards which cultivate the best team ethos, exhibit outstanding leadership qualities and demonstrate innovative approaches to management. This year there are three Awards categories, please follow the links above to find out more.

The Winning Approach
The assessment criteria for Lycetts Leadership & Team Champions Awards are based on The Winning Approach, a best practice standard developed for the NTF by consultants Sport and Beyond. They include effective recruitment and induction systems, a safe working environment, leadership and communications, developing staff to fulfil their potential, and rewarding achievement.

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.


In early 2017, Rupert Arnold proposed the initiative for the National Trainers Federation (NTF) to create Team Champion Awards. With a successful application to The Racing Foundation who awarded the NTF a grant and sponsorship from Lycetts Insurance Brokers, the Lycetts Team Champion Awards were born.

The conception of the idea for this initiative was to:

  • Deliver praise and a sense of achievement for the racehorse training yards with the highest standards of employee management
  • Showcase the positive results of developing a team that works well together
  • Spread the message about safe working practices
  • Improve recruitment and retention rates by promoting the most successful management practices and encouraging their wider adoption among racehorse trainers.

About our Sponsors

  • Lycetts
    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 16 offices in the UK, with its headquarters based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

  • Farm & Stable Supplies LLP
    Established in 1975, the experience of Farm & Stable Supplies LLP's staff, coupled with their reputation for offering extraordinary levels of customer service, has come to be relied on as the partner of choice by a large number of Equine professionals, including the National Trainers Federation and its members.

  • George Smith Horseboxes
    George Smith Horseboxes have been in operation for over 30 years. The heavy-duty design which puts horse safety first is relied up on with professional users, racehorse trainers, horse transport companies, stud owner and many others. George Smith Horseboxes are one of the most popular horsebox for racehorses and our boxes can be seen at every race meeting in the country.

    For more information, please email or visit

> 2021 AWARDS

Sponsors of the 2021 Leadership
& Team Champions Awards

Sponsors of the
Excellence Awards

Supporting the
Innovation and Wellbeing Award

Supporters of
The Winning Approach

Consultants for
The Winning Approach

Delivery of the
Management Training Modules

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