Injured Jockeys Fund News
The Injured Jockeys Fund is delighted to announce that, Peter O’Sullevan House, it’s third rehabilitation and fitness centre, located adjacent to the British Racing School in Newmarket, was officially opened on Friday 11 October by President, Sir Anthony McCoy OBE.
President Sir Anthony McCoy said:
“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. 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…!”
In his official speech, 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.”
Lisa Hancock, CEO of the IJF adds:
“There are so many people to thank for making this happen [listed in Notes to Editors] and we are exceptionally grateful to our many supporters who have made it possible. We have a fantastic team in place and amazing facilities and are really looking forward to engaging with jockeys, both currently licensed and retired, and the wider racing population of Newmarket. As a charity we are extremely proud to be able to offer this level of service and expertise to our sports men and women.”
Peter O’Sullevan House
The centre, named after the late Sir Peter O’Sullevan, has state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness facilities including physio treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, and a light and airy gym. As well as physio and strength and conditioning, experts can offer nutritional advice, sports psychology and general pastoral care.
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 is available to use for IJF beneficiaries, jockeys currently licensed and retired, Racing Welfare beneficiaries, British Racing School students and the wider racing community in Newmarket.
Centre Manager – Jamie Shaw
Lead physio, Ross Hollinworth - Graduated as a chartered physiotherapist twenty years ago and gained an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from Cardiff University in 2009. After experiences in NHS, overseas, military and in private healthcare, has spent the last twelve years working full-time in elite sport. He was initially with British track and field athletes at Loughborough and then at Trent Bridge with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Norwich City Football Club, Mansfield Town and Peterborough United.
Physiotherapist, Becky Webber - Worked in the NHS for four years and in the past two years has been working privately and in elite sport; including completing a masters alongside the British Swimming program.
Sports Rehabilitator, Emma Hunter - omes from a rugby union background.
James Adams & Glen Reed – Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Mandie Marks - Centre Support
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm
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