HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Injured Jockeys Fund, accompanied by Chairman, Brough Scott MBE, President Sir Anthony McCoy OBE and Vice Patron John Francome MBE, today re-opened Oaksey House, the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Fitness and Rehabilitation Centre in Lambourn, Berkshire.

The refurbishment work took approximately four months and was carried about by a Newbury based company, Feltham, and designed by architect Nick Silcock at Townscape Architects from Harrogate, who also designed Jack Berry House

HRH The Princess Royal said:
“Having just come back from the Winter Olympics in South Korea, and seeing the injuries some other sportspeople such as snowboarders suffer, your brains could be picked and the skills you have could be of such benefit to a range of other sports.
“It seems extraordinary that Oaksey House opened only nine years ago.  The knowledge achieved in that time has been phenomenal.”

Oaksey House, which first opened in 2009, now boasts the addition of the ‘AP McCoy Hydrotherapy Pool’ in the treatment wing. Like the pool at Jack Berry House, the IJF’s northern Fitness and Rehabilitation Centre in Malton, and also made in the US by Hydroworx, the pool is beneficial in treating a multitude of injuries with its underwater treadmill, massage hoses and performance monitoring systems. It can also accommodate spinally injured patients.

There has also been a significant internal refurbishment including a re-positioned gym, which is three times the size of the previous one, and is now housed in a very large and bright airy room providing the necessary space for the best possible rehabilitation.

As well as fulfilling jockeys’ needs, Oaksey House will continue to support the local community by providing communal space including a large new function room in ‘Francome’s Forum’.

Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund says:

“We are very committed to ensuring we provide state-of-the-art facilities in our centres and a Hydropool is essential to modern rehabilitation. Oaksey House can now provide all jockeys, riding and retired, and the local community with a facility that can support every type of injury. This is very much part of our charitable vision and we will complete the loop with the build of Peter O’Sullevan House in Newmarket, set to open in autumn 2019, and for which we are now commencing the fundraising campaign.”

Sir Anthony McCoy, President of the Injured Jockeys Fund says:

“I am delighted to be here today and that the Injured Jockeys Fund is able to now provide these amazing facilities for jockeys both injured and riding. If I’d had this 20 years ago, I’d probably still be going now!”

The costs of the Oaksey House project have been funded internally along with a sizable donation from President AP McCoy’s Celebration dinner in 2015 and a legacy from Doreen Rackham, known as the “Angel of Lambourn”, who passed away in 2011.