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15 October 2019

Peter O’Sullevan House, the IJF’s third Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre is officially opened by President, Sir Anthony McCoy OBE

The Injured Jockeys Fund’s third rehabilitation and fitness centre, Peter O’Sullevan House, located adjacent to the British Racing School in Newmarket, was officially opened on 11th October by President, Sir Anthony McCoy OBE.

 “It’s unbelievable that with the opening of Peter O’Sullevan House, we now have three rehabilitation and fitness centres around the country that help and support jockeys both during and after their careers,” said McCoy.

“I can’t tell you how lucky racing is to have this and how proud I am to be here today. If facilities like these had existed when I started riding, I might still be going today…!”

Jockeys past and present attended to celebrate the official opening
Jockeys past and present attended to celebrate the official opening

Work commenced on Peter O’Sullevan House on 25 June 2018, taking approximately 13 months to complete at an approximate cost of £6m. It will cost £350,000 a year to run.

Chairman Brough Scott MBE said: “It is entirely fitting that this remarkable centre is named after Peter O’Sullevan, one of racing’s greatest supporters and friends. He would have been extremely proud of what we, in racing and at the IJF, have achieved in completing our third centre. We can now focus on our twin aims of helping those who have been injured or incapacitated long term and helping our jockeys be physically and mentally prepared for the risks they face.”

The Centre has state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness facilities, including physio treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, and a light and airy gym.  Experts can offer nutritional advice, sports psychology and general pastoral care.

Peter O’Sullevan House is available for the use of IJF beneficiaries, jockeys currently licensed and retired riders, so too Racing Welfare beneficiaries, British Racing School students and the wider racing community in Newmarket.

Peter O'Sullevan House is situated at the British Racing School in Newmarket
Peter O’Sullevan House is situated at the British Racing School in Newmarket
 Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and MP for West Suffolk speaking with Newmarket Mayor Rachel Hood and Frankie Dettori
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and MP for West Suffolk speaking with Newmarket Mayor Rachel Hood and Frankie Dettori
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