Olympic Council for Tokyo Delegates Visit Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre
On the 8th November 2016, the Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre, operated by Hadlow College & supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Royal Borough of Greenwich, hosted delegates from Setagaya Council on behalf of the Olympic Organising Committee for Tokyo, as part of the planning for the games in 2020. The purpose of their visit was to see how the centre has developed from the London 2012 Olympic legacy, using this as a basis to inform their own Olympic equestrian legacy in Tokyo.
The six delegates, accompanied by the Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, Councillor Dan Thorpe, and centre staff, toured the facilities at Shooters Hill, including the equine therapy centre, where they witnessed a demonstration of horses swimming in a hydrotherapy pool, and horse aqua-treadmill and spa sessions. The tour also encompassed the students demonstrating training rides and lunging in the indoor arena, practical skills in the yard and an opportunity to see the centre’s mechanical horse in action.
The visitors then attended a Q&A session with Councillor Thorpe, Alexandria Russell, the centre’s Commercial and Events Manager for Equine, and Sonia Wilkes, Head of Faculty for Equine, to discuss the centre’s successful engagement with the local community, such as offering discounted rates for local residents who want to try out riding through a bursary scheme. Following this, the delegates were presented with an engraved crystal decanter and Royal Borough of Greenwich commemorative books.
Sonia Wilkes said: “The day was a huge success – the delegates were hugely complimentary about our bespoke facilities and it was also a fantastic opportunity to showcase our students’ skills.“
Alexandria Russell added: “We take great pride in our Olympic legacy and it was gratifying to pass on our knowledge of maintaining links with the Greenwich community and publicise our reputation outside of London. Our Tokyo colleagues have gone away with some effective measures to replicate for Tokyo 2020.“