Wednesday September 18, 2019
POLO AND POLOCROSSE

POLOCROSSE

 

We have been progressing well with our plans to develop polocrosse further as Pony Club sport. We have expanded our network of area coordinators slightly and also are working on expanding it further to fill a couple of gaps around the UK. We also recently held another coach training day to help prepare our coaches for the winter and encouragingly we had a lot of new, young coaches there (either previous or still existing members) who are keen to now start coaching in branches and centres around the country. 

There are some challenges to overcome regarding more promotion of the sport as an option for Pony Club members, though we feel our visibility has grown hugely in the last few years and volunteers and members seem to be far more aware of polocrosse being an option for them, which is great to see. 

We held another highly successful Four nations competition in July this year, with Polypads as our title sponsor, and also for the first time involved the Irish Pony Club, thanks to some hard work by Jan and Angela Fynn over in Area 17, which was another brilliant step forwards. 

We also launched our own Pony Club polocrosse micro site earlier this year, this has been designed to allow us to give more coverage to Pony Club polocrosse events and our sponsors, as understandably the main website gets very crowded with nine sports and all the other areas of the Pony Club competing for space. It also mirrors the information that can be found under our sports pages on the main site, and obviously we will continue to keep all this information on the main site as well. In case you haven’t already seen it the micro site can be found at www.ponyclubpolocrosse.org .  

We are now looking to assisting our coaches and coordinators in making sure they know the best ways to work with Pony Club groups around the country and that will be my personal focus over the next few months. However, before that we are actually running one final event! 

In light of the sad cancellation of the Championships we took the decision to hold an Polocrosse Autumn Challenge at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire. We had lots of members playing at Championships for the first time this year and we felt it would be a crying shame if they didn’t get to take part in a big event before 2020, hence the decision to put on the Autumn Challenge.

Full details of it are on the website here or also on Facebook here

Also – http://ponyclubpolocrosse.org/the-autumn-challenge/

I’m afraid we don’t have a hospitality marquee but we do have a very nice pub on site (with a terrace that overlooks the main pitches) so if any of you would like to come along and watch the action you are very welcome. Obviously the event is open to all, so if you know of others who might also be keen to come along and watch then the more the merrier!