1st June, 2017

The charity is delighted to welcome two new Trustees to support our work.  More

31st May, 2017

A short video by Jessica Mclernon who is the 2016 winner of the Alex Scott Assistant Trainers Travel Scholarship. Jessica… More

12th May, 2017

An exciting day for Racing to School, our Chief Executive John Blake and Education Officer Carrie Ford were interviewed by… More

28th April, 2017

Racing Welfare trustee Richard Farquhar speaking to Racing to School students about his amazing journey on Walking The Courses. More

24th April, 2017

Racing to School is seeking new Trustees to join its Board

19th April, 2017

The passion and flair for fine writing on the subject of horseracing was in all its glory at the 2017… More

25th and last MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS with over £3,000 in prizes

6th January, 2017

Entries open today for the 25th and last Martin Wills Writing Awards; they close on 28 February 2017.

For the second time, the Martin Wills Memorial Trust is organising the Awards in association with two other registered charities. These are the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art (the successor to the National Horseracing Museum) and Racing to School (formerly BHEST- the British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust). 

Brough Scott, Chairman of the judges for the 15th successive year, says:
“Racing has inspired writers down the ages. These Awards have kept the flame alive.”

Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Heritage Centre, says:
“We are delighted to be working with the Martin Wills Writing Awards for their final year. Horseracing has a wonderful way of capturing the imagination of many writers and over the years these Awards have uncovered some very powerful, moving prose. We will continue to try to inspire young people throughout the National Heritage Centre at Palace House through our collections, paintings, interactives and of course the former racehorses. The purpose built Alborada Trust Education Centre provides a new space for learning and is a fantastic asset for learners of all ages to what is already on offer across the Centre’s five acre site.”

John Blake, Chief Executive of Racing to School, says:
“For a quarter of a century the Martin Wills Writing Awards have challenged and inspired creativity in young people. All those who have submitted work have been brought closer to horseracing, and with eight prizes on offer and a unique showcase for the winners, the quality of past entries is certain to be maintained.  The education charity Racing to School is honoured to be associated with what has become an institution and a wonderful opportunity for young people to express themselves through thought-provoking and entertaining writing.”

The Awards are for fine writing (fact or fiction) on a horseracing theme of a sort suitable for publication in the Racing Post or The Irish Field by young people resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The Awards have four categories: under 26, under 18, under 15 and under 12. The winners and the schools attended by the winners of the three younger categories will also receive a trophy.

Those aged under 26/18/15/12 on 1 September 2016 are invited to submit a single typewritten article via the ‘Entry Requirements’ section of the Awards’ website www.willswritingawards.co.uk.

John Blake

BHEST - 25th and last MARTIN WILLS WRITING AWARDS  over £3,000 in prizes

Brough Scott, Chairman of the Judges for the 15th year, with the 2016 winners