Alex Scott Future Trainers Travel Scholarship – call for applications

It has become a feature of successful young trainers to travel abroad, working for a trainer in another country to add to the array of knowledge needed and to acquire new insights to further their career. For those without the necessary funds, these opportunities may seem beyond reach. One reason for setting up the Alex Scott Future Trainers Travel Scholarship was to provide that opportunity for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to go abroad.

The Scholarship is funded by the Tim Dunlop Memorial Travelling Scholarship (TDMS). TDMS is a charity that was set up by friends of Tim, in his memory, after he was tragically killed in a car accident in France at the age of 21 in 1987. The charity sponsors young people who wish to travel abroad to expand their experience in the thoroughbred industry initially as a prize for the best overall student on the main National Stud course, it now also sponsors a participant on this course as well.

The NTF is responsible for promoting and managing the Alex Scott Scholarship. The winner will receive a grant of £3000 towards their travel costs and living expenses. The NTF will assist the winner to plan their trip and if necessary will facilitate introductions to a trainer abroad.

James Given and Charlie Longsdon are among previous winners; to get an idea of the hugely valuable experiences these and others have gained, reports from recent winners can be viewed on the Award’s pageeadytbfvbca on the NTF website. They include Charlie Duckworth, who is now Racing Manager for Chris Waller, trainer of the great Winx in Sydney.

Applications, which must be received by 30th September, can be made by downloading the form from  here www.racehorsetrainers.org/industry/alexscottaward.asp

We hope trainers will bring this opportunity to the attention of their staff in recognition of the huge part winning the award could play in helping develop their career.