The Princess Royal visited Berkshire on Tuesday to officially open a renovated Oaksey House – the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Fitness and Rehabilitation Centre.
Princess Anne, who is Patron of the Jockey Club, was joined by club President Sir AP McCoy to open the new facilities which include a hydrotherapy pool to help injured jockeys recover from injuries suffered at the races.
The Queen’s daughter 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.”
The new ‘AP McCoy Hydrotherapy Pool’ in located in the renovated treatment wing which Princess Anne opened on Tuesday.
The pool is beneficial in treating a variety of injuries with its underwater treadmill, massage hoses and performance monitoring systems.
The gym has also been refurbished and is now three times larger than the previous one.
But it won’t only be jockeys who will benefit from the facilities. Members of the local community will also be able to take advantage of the large communal areas and function room.
Sir AP McCoy said: “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!”
After visiting Oaksey House, the Princess travelled back to London to attend a reception to mark the establishment of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health new children’s research fund
Princess Anne only returned from South Korea around 24 hours before she attended these engagements.
She had been in the country for just under two weeks to cheer on British athletes at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.