If you're interested in playing polo this coming semester then please email the club for more information, out polo coordinator Tom will be pleased to help. Whether you've played previously or just fancy giving it a go, we have sessions to suit all abilities!
Sheffield University Equestrian Club has been running polo sessions for several years now. It has proven to be particularly popular, going from a one-off event to a regular activity for many club members.
Polo is a fantastic sport that is a mixture of hockey, rugby and riding! It’s fast, exciting and played by thousands the world over. All abilities are able to play polo, from new riders to more advanced so it is available to everyone. Luckily, as a club we have close ties to the Vale of York Polo Club (VYPC), who aim to facilitate the playing of polo to as wide a section of the riding community as possible. These close ties also mean that our members are treated as part of the polo family and are always welcomed and valued visitors to the Club.
The club’s intention is to organise as many polo lessons and to provide as many lessons as people want. The opportunity to play is available so we’re really keen to get everyone who wants to have a go, playing polo. The normal price of these lessons is £25, which gives you one hour of mounted tuition including pony hire. This is a fantastic price compared to other polo clubs and there’s also chance after every lesson to socialize in the clubhouse with VYPC members and also to watch them play; every lesson is a great experience. In previous years we have had a tournament and very successful polo weekends that included several lessons, watching chukkas and camping which we are hoping to repeat in the near future!
The facilities at the Vale of York Polo Club are fantastic with an indoor arena and a grass pitch, enabling us to play whatever the weather. As many of our members have never played polo before, there is plenty of opportunity to practice ball skills and warm up before it gets competitive! No previous experience is necessary.
Polo is an expanding branch of the Equestrian Club, although it is typically limited by transport as we rely heavily on drivers. Therefore, if you are able to drive, you’ll almost certainly be guaranteed a place and you will be fully reimbursed for your petrol costs. You’ll also have discounts where possible, our undying gratitude and the joy of helping others access this amazing sport!
Come and try this normally exclusive sport and make the most of the opportunity - we look forward to welcoming you soon!
If you would like to learn more about polo, VYPC or polo within the equestrian club then please
email the club with ‘POLO’ as the message subject.
A typical polo session:
What will the intro session involve?
The lesson will last for 2 hours. The first part of the lesson is likely to be with hand mallets (not on the ponies) so you can learn to control the mallet and hit the ball without hitting the horse. The second part of the session will be mounted on the ponies, where you will do drills and exercises to get you used to riding polo-style and to allow you to practice different shots and techniques. The lesson will either take place on the outdoor polo pitch or in the indoor arena, depending on the weather. We will then have the option of staying to watch club chukkas in the afternoon (this is basically a friendly match between club members). We will try to be flexible, so if some people want to leave immediately we will try to fill cars as required. We have a very close link to the club so there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the day to get to know some of the members, learn more about the sport and to generally mingle.
What do I wear?
Bring your own riding hat if you have one. If not, there are plenty to borrow from the club. Jeans, jodhpurs or any kind of sturdy trousers are suitable. It is important to protect your feet so please wear long riding boots, short boots/chaps or any kind of sturdy shoes. If you have riding gloves, feel free to wear them but they are by no means essential. Finally, dress appropriately for the weather on the day - it can get very cold and windy out on the pitch!
Do I need any experience?
NO! You don't need any experience of playing polo. These sessions can be adapted for all abilities from non-riders to advanced level, so don’t be encouraged if you haven’t done much riding before. That being said, Paul tends to throw people in at the deep end, so if you’re unsure it may be worth having a few riding lessons at a school in Sheffield before signing up. Drop us an email if you’d like more detailed advice on what to expect in terms of riding.