Why troops are on the march to Goodwood racecourse

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Goodwood Racecourse bosses have announced new backing for the Tickets For Troops charity.

Goodwood Racecourse bosses have announced new backing for the Tickets For Troops charity.

They’re offering 500 tickets for their opening meeting of the season on Saturday, April 30.

Every racecourse in Britain has joined forces to make an incredible donation of over 40,000 free tickets to the races in 2011 so that members of the armed forces from across the country will be able to enjoy a top day out.

More than 5,000 members of Tickets For Troops took up the offer of a visit to the races in 2010, many of them taking in a day at Glorious Goodwood.

As children under 16 go free to every British racecourse and almost every fixture, this offer will allow many servicemen and women to have a well-deserved family day out for free.

Tickets For Troops supports the work of serving military personnel and veterans by offering them free tickets to events around the country.

Britain’s racecourses have made a range of offers, some offering unlimited tickets for troops at every fixture and some including tickets to their major racing festivals.

Top Jockey Richard Johnson, a patron of Tickets For Troops alongside the likes of Freddie Flintoff, Steven Gerrard and Dame Kelly Holmes, said: “British racing has been a supporter of Tickets For Troops since the charity was initiated and I’m delighted to see the level of support that is continuing into 2011.

“It’s an incredible charity that aims to go some way to recognising the inspirational job that our country’s forces do every day of their lives, and hopefully our being a part of it goes some way to saying thank-you.”

Lord Marland, chairman of Tickets For Troops said: “Tickets For Troops are delighted to once again receive such generous support from the British Horseracing Authority.”

Adam Waterworth, the new managing director of Goodwood Racecourse, added: “This is the second year Goodwood has supported Tickets For Troops and I will be delighted to welcome members of HM Forces back for our opening day of the Season.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate our support for this very worthy cause.”

In addition to horseracing, thousands of tickets have been made available for the 2012 Olympics, top Premier League football matches, rugby games, cricket matches, boxing, athletics meetings, big music acts, tennis tournaments, snooker halls and West End theatres.

* Are you a local sports club who wants to support Tickets For Troops? Contact sports editor Steve Bone on 01243 534128.