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Cheltenham Racecourse’s sensory room is situated in 4037 on the main grandstand and is open at all racedays excluding The Festival. A sensory room is a specially designed room which provides comfort to people who have sensory processing problems, which can include people with autism.

The Jockey Club has become the first horseracing organisation in the country to open a permanent sensory room on its premises, with facilities at both Cheltenham and Aintree Racecourses that will be available to anyone of any age who may need it on a raceday.



Quotes about the sensory room

Beevers was himself diagnosed with autism last year around 12 months after his daughter Sophia was diagnosed, he’s hoping that the launch of the first permanent sensory rooms is just the start.


He said: “It’s phenomenal that The Jockey Club have created two permanent sensory rooms. The facilities are absolutely brilliant and everyone associated has done a brilliant job and should be immensely proud.”

The project is close to the hearts of many at The Jockey Club, including National Sales Manager Toby Lewis, commented:


“My two children have both been diagnosed with autism. They are both non-verbal and have sensory processing needs, which means that things like things like unexpected sounds, busy crowds and smells can trigger them. “I was keen to see what we could do at The Jockey Club to cater for people with sensory needs and after mentioning the idea to our Regional Director Ian Renton, he was delighted to get on board.”

Cheltenham-based ampm Construction, who were responsible for putting together the facility at Cheltenham commented:


“The new sensory room is a huge boost for local children visiting the course and is something close to our hearts. ampm relished the chance to be a part of the project and we would like to thank all our suppliers and key partners for making it happen so quickly.”

Ian Renton, Regional Director at the Jockey Club (Cheltenham and South West), commented:


“We’re always keen to push phrases like ‘racing is for everyone’ and that means that we have to endeavour to practice what we preach. This room is for anybody who may struggle to come racing without it and hopefully it will encourage faces new and old to come and give a day out at the races a go.”

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