Polo 150

POLO150 – 1869-2019

What: Polo150 is the 150thAnniversary celebration events of the beginning of Polo in the modern era and the formation of rules that have evolved to form the game of today.

When:  The first acknowledged game from whence it all began was in 1869, (“hockey on horseback” as it was referred to then) was organised by officers stationed at Aldershot, one of whom had read about a form of the game in India, in a copy of The Field magazine. Etiquette, followed by rules developed very quickly afterwards, as did the emergence of polo being played at many Clubs, Hurlingham being amongst the first (1874). The main UK celebrations will be around the existing Chapple Cup series, 8-14 July 2019 this is not exclusive and other events will take place outside this period both in UK and globally.

Why:  Polo is one of the oldest surviving sports and it’s competitions pre date the FA Cup, Ashes and modern Olympics and so the 150th is considered a significant milestone and worthy of celebration.   Polo 150 presents a positive opportunity for the sport to explain itself to the public.

The Key Polo150 messages:

  • Strong connection and affiliation with Military to this day in UK and many other countries.
  • Men and women compete equally – only major contact sport where this happens at the highest level. Women have played in International teams with men.
  • Polo is a significant employer across the world.
  • Polo is philanthropic.
  • The incredible Polo Pony (without the sport it would not exist & vice versa).

 

Polo150 events for 2019

17th-24thJune – Polo Africa Tour to include matches at Cirencester Park Polo Club on Saturday 22nd June and Guards Polo Club on Sunday 23rd June.

29thJune -15thJuly – Polo online Auction

Thursday 11thJuly: Polo Match at Sandhurst -UKAFPA vs POLO 150 Invitational Team followed by Drinks Reception in Indian Army room

Saturday 13thJuly: Polo Match at Tidworth PC–  UKAFPA vs POLO 150 Invitational Team followed by a Party for military community, sponsors, MoD, special guests.

Sunday 14thJuly: Polo Match Guards PC– UKAFPA vs POLO 150 Invitational Team followed by English afternoon tea.

15th September Polo150 UK invitational team v USA. –  To include annual support for National Sporting Library Museum in Middleburg Virginia.

With grateful thanks to our Polo150 sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

UKAFPA Polo150 Charity:

We are supporting polo related charities across the world that alleviate hardship and encourage education.

To donate please send a cheque made payable to UKAFPA to 10a High Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5AQ, UK

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online at Justgiving.com

 

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