Victoria Pendleton, Sir Anthony McCoy and Clare Balding to take centre stage

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RIBA Venues has announced that it has won the contract to host the Sporting Mind Event with multiple Olympic cycling gold and silver medallist, and jockey convert, Victoria Pendleton and fellow 20 times champions jockey Sir Anthony Peter McCoy OBE.

The event takes place on the 29 September in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. Over 200 guests will be welcomed to the venue’s Jarvis auditorium to enjoy an evening reception with drinks and canapés.

Television and radio presenter Clare Balding will host the evening with guest speakers Pendleton and McCoy. Throughout the evening both sporting icons will talk about the highs and lows, injuries, accolades and success of their careers.

The Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) is a charity that works to help injured jockeys and their families by providing both short and long term support in areas where it is needed. The IJF also works with racing authorities and other organisations on a number of initiatives to fund on course physiotherapists, medical services and research into riding protection equipment for jockeys.

Since being established in 1964, the Fund has helped over 1,000 jockeys and their families and has paid out more than £18m in charitable assistance.

Communications spokesperson for the Injured Jockeys Fund Liz Ampairee said: “We were very impressed with the facilities on offer at the venue as well as the professional and friendly manner of the staff. The beautiful and open space of the Jarvis auditorium is the perfect location for our event.”

RIBA venues sales & marketing manager Kirsten Kruls added: “We are delighted to welcome the Sporting Mind to RIBA Venues for the very first time. With the 2016 Olympics having just come to a close, it is great to be able to support such an important cause that helps and funds injured athletes.”

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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