ARC’s Silk Series nominated for top industry award

ARC’s Silk Series nominated for top industry award

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Posted by Craig Davies
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Nominated at the BT Sports Industry Awards 2018

The Arena Racing Company (ARC) has seen its Silk Series shortlisted in the BT Sports Industry Awards 2018, with its nomination coming in the Diversity and Inclusion category.

The Silk Series, exclusively for Female Jockeys and featuring a £100,000 top prize, was introduced across nine ARC racecourses in the summer of 2017.

Jockeys accrued points over the course of the competition, with Megan Nicholls ultimately scooping The Tufnell Trophy.

Featuring 36 jockeys, the series also helped raise £46,000 for Cancer Research UK, and it is set to compete in its category with Everton in the Community, The World Para Athletics Championships, Parallel London, SSE Wildcats, and UEFA’s #EqualGame.

Sam Cone, Public Relations & Communications Manager at ARC, told “We’re delighted for The Silk Series to be shortlisted for the BT Sports Industry Awards.  After just one year to be recognised alongside some of the major initiatives in global sport, including the World Para Athletics Championships and UEFA is a great honour indeed!

“As recent research has shown, female jockeys do not always get the opportunities that their talent deserves, a fact which is getting more and more attention within the sport.  

“We were delighted to break new ground and take steps to help jockeys develop their careers, to ride on popular racedays and expand their professional networks.

“The Silk Series was really well supported by the racing industry, from BHA and broadcasters to racehorse owners, trainers and, of course, jockeys, who all got behind the initiative.  

“Equally, our partners Cancer Research UK and Bet365 have been great in helping us spread the message of The Silk Series to racegoers and punters alike.

Cone added: “We’re very much looking forward to announcing exciting plans for 2018 in the coming weeks.  Given the support The Silk Series received in its inaugural year, we’re confident that owners and trainers in particular will be looking at the programme and working out how to best assist their jockeys to win The Tufnell Trophy at the end of the season.  

“We’ll continue in helping to promote the fantastic jockeys that we have riding in Great Britain and make sure that The Silk Series plays its part in making sure that they get to fulfil their potential as riders.”

Winners of the BT Sports Industry Awards, which features 23 different sports, are set to be announced on April 26.

Totally Gaming says: The Silk Series represented a great opportunity to springboard female jockeys to the forefront of their sport, and it is now set to compete alongside a host of worthy winners. Featuring not just a great opportunity for those involved, The Silk Series also proved its worth to good causes by raising a substantial amount for charity.

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