Welcome to UEA Polo
What is Polo?
One of the oldest team sports, polo has a relatively small team of just 4 players per side. The aim of the game is to score goals by getting the ball between the posts. Players ride specially trained horses who are experienced in the game and used to the mallets(Long canes with cigar-like heads) and balls (Small white balls a little larger than hockey balls).
A Polo Match consists of periods of play called Chukkas – Each Chukka is 7 minutes long and for all but the final chukka there are 30 seconds of overtime. In low-goal polo a standard match consists of 4 Chukkas. After each Chukka the players change ponies to give them a rest and there are strict pony-welfare rules to ensure that they are not over played and exhausted.
Polo is a sociable, fast, adrenaline team sport that not only has the interaction of players with each other but also the interaction of the player with the horse. It makes for great entertainment for spectators and fantastic fun for the players. No riding experience whatsoever is required, and everyone is welcome.
How can I get involved?
UEA Polo is offering two different options:
1) Playing membership - £45/year - With this membership you can attend training sessions at your leisure (there is no pressure to do lots of training) and your travel to and from these sessions will be provided. You will be taught from wherever your current level of playing is and always be in a friendly group with other members so that there is a little healthy competition. Don't worry if you are concerned that you have no experience as we aim to ensure that abilities are matched in groups! With this membership there also comes the option to take part in any tournaments or matches that are organised with other universities and by joining in on these you can get a real flavour of the sport.
2) Social membership - £3/year - This is the perfect membership if you are either a little unsure about whether you want to get involved in playing or are simply happy to join in on the parties and support the club by cheering the players on (a very important role). Social members are invited to all social events and are invited on any trips that the club runs such as to see professional games or potential trips abroad in the future. With a social membership you are welcome to one lesson as a taste of the sport from a player’s perspective - If you get the bug and wish to continue with lessons there is the option to upgrade to a playing membership.
What training can I get?
UEA Polo trains with Cambridge Polo Club at Haggis Farms for the summer season (when Polo is played on a large grass pitch) and the winter season (when Polo is played in a sand arena). It is approximately 1 hr 30 mins from the UEA campus and transport will be organised by the society.
1 Hour Group Lesson: Beginner - £50, Novice - £60
Your committee for this year:
President: Sophie Cornthwaite
Vice President: Rachel Chiu
Treasurer: Thomas Rapps
Captain: Ben Nash
Social secretary: Charlotte Miller
Equality & Diversity: Beth Roch
Publicity Officer: Syed Hamza
Welfare Officer: Izzy Twigg
Don't hesitate to message our Instagram or email us if you have any questions :)