National Trainers Federation Announces Launch of the 2021 Lycetts Leadership & Team Champions Awards

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Welcome to the 2021 Lycetts Leadership & Team Champions Awards!

  • Celebrating racehorse trainers and the teams behind racehorse training yards in Britain
  • Simplified entry process for 2021
  • Three award categories

The National Trainers Federation (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.

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.

  • Lycetts Team Champions Award

This year, the award provides an opportunity for racing staff to tell us about their team and to gain the recognition they deserve. The Lycetts Team Champions Award is recognising and celebrating the best teams on racehorse training yards, regardless of the size of the yard and from the staff’s perspective.

Racing staff – we would like to hear your stories which demonstrate why you’re part of such a great team and why there is no team quite like yours!

A £4000 prize awaits the winning team.

Watch the video for more info about the Lycetts Team Champions Award


  • Lycetts Leadership Award

There are four sections that make up the Lycetts Leadership Award and all Excellence Awards. These sections are based on The Winning Approach, a set of industry standards in management and employment practices. Trainers can enter just one or multiple sections and the entry process has been further simplified this year.

A £4000 prize awaits the winning Trainer for their yard.

The Excellence Awards are kindly sponsored by George Smith Horseboxes.

  • Farm & Stable Award for Innovation & Wellbeing

This award is an opportunity for Trainers and their teams to demonstrate how innovative approaches to management and well-being benefit the whole yard and also contribute to its success.

The winning Trainer & their team will win £2,000 of products from the range at Farm & Stable. Runners up will win fabulous prizes too.

How to enter

Racing Grooms, to enter the Lycetts Team Champions Award, log in or sign up to the Racing Groom members hub (which is free to do) and head straight to


We’re delighted to be working again with both Lycetts Insurance Brokers and Farm & Stable Supplies as we launch our fourth year of the Awards. We also welcome George Smith Horseboxes as a supporter.

“At the heart of the awards is a commitment to helping all trainers run sustainable, safe, resilient businesses through the Winning Approach industry standards. The awards enable us to guide trainers in best practice management processes, and to showcase the employers who are cultivating the most exceptional working environments.
Rupert Arnold, Chief Executive, National Trainers Federation

“Lycetts is delighted to be supporting the Lycetts Leadership and Team Champions Awards for the fourth year running. I encourage every trainer and their teams to enter and let’s celebrate all the wonderful people and teams that make our racing industry the world’s most prestigious destination.

We all look forward to understanding the best practices yards up and down the country operate to achieve top level leadership and team ethos.
Piers Plunket, Divisional Director, Lycetts

This is the second year Farm & Stable have run this award with the team at the NTF and we are delighted to be involved again this year. We were so impressed last year with the standard and the number of trainers and yards that this year we are going to also challenge creativity and innovation with the entry process. We’ve all got very used to video and zoom, so we’re throwing down the gauntlet to racing yards to do something amazing. This year, all entries to the Farm & Stable Award for Innovation and Wellbeing will be by video.

There will be awards for the overall winner, runners up and the most creative or innovative entry will receive a fantastic team prize.”
Lesley Wrankmore, Marketing Manager, Farm & Stable Supplies LLP

“George Smith Horseboxes are delighted to be supporting the Excellence Awards as part of the Lycetts Leadership Award. The focus on safety particularly really resonates with our brand where our own focus has always been on durability and safety. We look forward to supporting trainers and celebrating their successes through the Excellence Awards.
George Smith, George Smith Horseboxes

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