Launch of 2020 Lycetts Team Champion Award and Accreditation


  • The Lycetts Team Champion Award showcases trainers’ yards which display a strong team ethos.
  • Using a bespoke industry standard, the judging criteria demonstrate modern management practices used by racehorse trainers in Britain
  • New structure in 2020 with growing emphasis on accreditation which has been shown to support staff retention and racecourse success.

The National Trainers Federation (NTF) and sponsors Lycetts Insurance Brokers are pleased to announce the launch of the third Lycetts Team Champion Award. The 2020 award has a new look as a result of feedback from the first two years. The nomination period has been extended so all trainers and their teams have the opportunity to review the way they work and produce the strongest evidence using simplified forms.

Nominations may be made from Monday 7th October 2019 to 3rd April 2020. A new award presentation ceremony will be aligned with Racing Staff Week in July 2020. The Lycetts Team Champion Award celebrates and rewards racehorse training yards that develop a high performance team using the highest standards of employee management, including safe working practices.
The accreditation system continues to grow in profile, allowing trainers to benchmark their business and use a trusted quality mark to attract staff, owners and sponsorship.

Over the first two years of the award, over 50 training yards have acquired accreditation through participating in the award. Research conducted for a Racing Industry MBA shows that participating yards have strengthened their staff retention rates and combine this with growing racecourse success – “Happy Staff Produce Winners.”

A £4000 prize awaits the winner in both categories – yards with 40 or more horses, and yards with fewer than 40 horses. Shortlists of four yards in each category will be announced in April 2020.
How to enter

Watch our video “Guide for Teams 2020” and access nomination forms via the NTF website at

Listen to last year’s shortlisted Lycetts Team Champion Trainers reflect on the benefits of entering this unique award on this video
Piers Plunket, Divisional Director, Lycetts, “Lycetts is delighted to be supporting the Lycetts Team Champion Award for the third year running. It is wonderful to see the accredited yards demonstrating tangible benefits through improved retention rates and racecourse success. I encourage every trainer to enter.”

Commenting on the new structure, Rupert Arnold, NTF Chief Executive, said, “We have listened to feedback about the nomination process and redesigned the award so more yards can participate. There is growing awareness of the benefits to be gained – in a nutshell, it’s good for business.”