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 Work to start on Peter O’Sullevan House, the IJF’s third Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre

Work to start on Peter O’Sullevan House, the IJF’s third Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre

by IJF |  15 Jul 2018

The Injured Jockeys Fund is delighted to announce that work on Peter O'Sullevan House, it’s third rehabilitation and fitness centre, to be located on the site of the British Racing School in Newmarket, will start on 25 June 2018 and be completed at the end of 2019. East Anglian contractors, R G Carter, have been appointed to build the centre at an approximate cost of £6m.

Lisa Hancock, CEO of the IJF says:

“Starting work on Peter O’Sullevan House is a massive milestone as it completes the trio of IJF Rehabilitation centres across the country. We are absolutely delighted that the project is in Newmarket in the grounds of the British Racing School as this will mean jockeys can benefit from the resource and support that we can offer them from the very beginning of their careers until the end. We have some very loyal supporters who have backed the project from the early stages – in particular The Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and the Racing Foundation. We will need more support for the next 18 months and beyond so please do have a look at this video featuring our President, Sir Anthony McCoy, and new Vice Patron, Frankie Dettori, which will tell you a little more.”

Peter O’Sullevan House will house state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness facilities including physio treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy pool, as well as a light and airy gym, the Injured Jockeys Fund Head Office and a Peter O’Sullevan Atrium which will contain racing memorabilia from his life, and a meeting/work space for those using the centre.

Along with those at Oaksey House and Jack Berry House, the Hydroworx Hydropool is key to any rehabilitation facility and beneficial in treating a multitude of injuries with its underwater treadmill, massage hoses and performance monitoring systems. It can also accommodate spinally injured patients.
Peter O’Sullevan House will be available to use for IJF beneficiaries, jockeys current and retired, Racing Welfare beneficiaries, British Racing School students and the wider racing community in Newmarket.

Members of the public who donate over £100 will also be allocated a horse shoe in recognition of their support that will be used in the creation of a ‘Horse Shoe Sculpture’ in the grounds of Peter O’Sullevan House. This sculpture, created by renowned steel sculpture artist Tom Hill, will be made up of approx. 800 horseshoes that have been worn by racehorses from the Newmarket Racing yards and kindly supplied and donated by the towns racing farriers, trainers and owners.

Grant Harris, CEO, British Racing School:

“The British Racing School is delighted to work in partnership with the IJF and is thrilled that work is to begin on Peter O’Sullevan House next month. It will be a major step forward in rehabilitation and fitness in the area and will continue with the aim of providing world-class facilities for those attending the BRS. These are exciting times and we can’t wait for the building to be ready to use late next year.”

Nigel Payne, Trustee and Administrator of the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust:

"One thing for certain is that Peter would be absolutely thrilled to have the third IJF Rehabilitation Centre named after him. He was a terrific supporter of jockeys and very supportive of Oaksey House.  Jack Berry House was of course opened two months before Peter passed away in the summer of 2015. His Trust were delighted to make an initial donation and we are incredibly chuffed with the news of a 2019 completion. We have seen the plans and they look brilliant. We can’t wait.”

The Thompson Family Charitable Trust:

“We have seen how well Jack Berry House works and are delighted that Peter O’Sullevan House will support Newmarket in a similar way.  It is brilliant that three of racing’s most important charities – the IJF, British Racing School and Racing Welfare – are working together to achieve this.”

Rob Hezel, CEO, Racing Foundation:
“The Racing Foundation is excited to support this development in Newmarket which promises to provide state of the art facilities for all those within racing who are supported by the IJF, as well as a fantastic environment within which the organisation can prosper and flourish. It is pleasing to see racing organisations working together for the good of all the sport's participants and the Foundation is proud to be contributing to this initiative.”

Dawn Goodfellow, CEO, Racing Welfare:

“We are delighted about the prospect of work starting on Peter O’Sullevan House at its site at The British Racing School in Newmarket.  The opening of this newest Centre in the Injured Jockey’s Fund portfolio will hugely enhance the facilities and support available to all of racing's family in one of the sport’s heartlands.  We greatly look forward to continuing to work with the IJF going forward through Peter O’Sullevan House and on other projects to grow our relationship for the good of the racing industry.”

Tim Leggett, Director and General Manager at R G Carter:

“R G Carter is delighted to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with the Injured Jockeys Fund on this exciting project. Our focus is on delivering a successful project and providing a facility that will benefit and support the racing community for many years to come."

Nick Silcock of Townscape Architects:

“We are proud to have worked with the IJF over the past five years to assist them in the delivery of three fabulous projects; Jack Berry house in Malton, the upgrade of Oaksey House in Lambourn and the design of Peter O'Sullevan House in Newmarket. What’s great about the new facility is that it brings together so many fantastic resources all under one roof; with a fabulous light and airy gym, a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, a spectacular new HQ office premises and a library to be named after Peter O'Sullevan himself. Working with a charity like the IJF over such a long period of time has been a truly rewarding process and we look forward to seeing the new facility open its doors in the autumn of 2019.”


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