Polocrosse will make its debut on Sky Sports at the end of October in a series of four programs of the recent UK versus South Africa test match series. The test match series took place at Ashfields polocrosse club in Essex on the 18th and 19th of July and the UKPA arranged for the Country Channel to come and film it and screen it through their own TV channel.
The United Kingdom Polocrosse Association and the Irish Polocrosse Association
have announced an exciting Tri-Nations Tournament
13th & 14th June 2009
Held in Cork, Ireland
The tournament is to include the following divisions
- OPEN MENS (A & B grade approx)
- OPEN WOMENS (A & B grade approx)
- UNDER 21 MENS
- UNDER 21 WOMENS
- VETERANS (40 Years and over)
If you are interested in competing in the tournament and representing your country please
complete the application form and return by 1st April 2009
The following criteria applies:
- Be able to take your playing horse to Ireland
- Be a UKPA member
- Be UK resident
There will be a selection weekend in May for all those who have applied, more details to
be posted soon.
Also the UKPA are requiring a coach and a manager for the tournament
If you are interested please email Dave Brookes at firstname.lastname@example.org
This past year the Pony Club Polocrosse Committee have been very busy supporting Branches from Scotland and Wales to Cornwall that are trying out Polocrosse and are very grateful to local UKPA clubs and their members who are supporting these Branches with training and encouragement. Hannah Clack, the Polocrosse Secretary, can be contacted at Pony Club Headquarters for any literature, equipment, information, etc. Many UKPA Clubs have run Pony Club divisions at their tournaments, which is a definite bonus for the sport!
The UKPA Executive voted in at the end of 2007 welcomed a number of new faces and is now made up of a larger representation of active players. A number of initiatives are being put in place including the formation of a five year business plan for the UKPA, which will incorporate an overall strategy to develop the sport in the UK. The UKPA Limited Company has been opened for the 2011 World Cup with Directors being appointed at the time of writing. Tenders will be invited for the various roles involved in the running of the event.
Sports development is a crucial area for UK polocrosse as the sport needs to grow in order to ensure it survives; if it simply stays the size that it is then it is far too easy for polocrosse to suddenly decline within the UK.
In order to grow the sport and to increase the knowledge of it within the equestrian world and world in general there are a number of sports development projects being worked on. These include increasing the number of riding clubs, pony clubs and riding schools that offer polocrosse to their members and increasing media exposure of polocrosse so that more people learn about the sport. Also there is the ongoing battle to obtain more sponsorship for the sport and new avenues of funding are being looked into.
Dave and Sue Brookes became involved in Polocrosse in about 1991, through Rockwood Harriers Pony Club. Martin and Ellen saw the game at an information evening and wanted to give it a go! So like most things they went along with ponies and interest, and the rest is history.