Learn to play Polo.
'The sport of kings'
Join us at London’s oldest polo club to learn the art of this royal game. This full-on half day experience is aimed to teach you the basics of this most traditional game.
On arrival at the exquisite location you will be greeted by members of the coaching staff who, over a hot drink will talk you through the rules of the game. You will then get hands-on with some of the polo players training tools. The first stage in learning is to practise striking the ball with mallets whilst on foot (trickier than it sounds!). Once you have the basics, you will play a practice match on foot. The next stage is to mount the wooden practice horses and take aim at the ball with a full sized polo stick. This is a chance to practise the full repertoire of shots used in the game. Thirdly you will mount a very real horse and learn the basics of how to maintain control in play, and then you’ll practise your shots whilst riding - a real test!
Finally you will have the opportunity to play for real! Under the guidance of the head coach you will take to the polo field in teams and play a “chukka” (one of the periods a full game of polo is divided into). This really is a royal experience! Playing polo for real is surely a taste of English history you will never forget! There will be an award ceremony for your group at the end of the session. Well mannered horses are included, of course!
• Foot mallets – learning to hit with a smaller stick on foot and, if a group, playing against each other in two teams, similar to 5-a-side football on a smaller ground.
• Wooden horses – learning to hit the ball whilst sat on a wooden horse with a full size polo stick, backhand, forehand, nearside and offside.
• Riding, then progressing to the stick and ball ground to try the real thing!
• A mini chukka for those deemed safe enough to take part by our head coach, suitable for 4 or more players.
• Presentation of certificates and trophies for the most improved and best players by our head coach and instructors.
NB - Cost excludes meals, a luxury picnic or a dinner overlooking the polo grounds, all of which can be added at an additional cost. Contact us for details.
Thursday evenings there maybe a BBQ and members playing - great day to stay on socialise and watch some proper polo.
Polo can be a dangerous sport and whilst we welcome all spectators we would like to point out that any persons at Ham Polo Club are present at their own risk and should ensure that they, their property and particularly their children – are kept at a safe distance from the field of play and from the pony lines and practice areas. HPC or EL will accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any kind of injury, loss or damage suffered by any person to their property while present at HPC, whatsoever or howsoever that injury, loss or damage is caused.
Photos courtesy of HPC.
Exclusive half day experience.
£325 Per Person
Price is per person.
Excludes drinks and food package, which is available at extra cost.
Any group size welcome.
No riding experience needed.
All protective riding equipment provided.
Dress code must be followed.
DRESS CODE (Players) Smart Casual. Riding equipment will be provided. Sensible footwear is essential for riding and stilettos are not permitted, gloves are also recommended.
DRESS CODE (Picnic area): Smart Casual
Weekend polo is subject to weather.
DRESS CODE (Club house): Smart Casual
NO SHORTS –Male or Female allowed, designer or otherwise. Smart jeans permitted.
No translation of rules will be acceptable.
WHAT TO BRING
Please wear warm and comfortable clothing, sensible footwear is essential for riding. Gloves are also recommended. There are changing rooms available to use on request.
HOW TO GET THERE
Ham Polo Club, Petersham road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH . The nearest tube and train station to the polo club is Richmond. To get to the club from there by taxi takes 5 minutes, alternatively the number 65 bus stops outside the club gates. Walking along the river from Richmond takes 25 minutes.