Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA)


The Hurlingham Polo Association is the governing body for polo in the UK, Ireland and many other parts of the Commonwealth.  The HPA is responsible for the rules and regulations under which the game is played.  The object of the HPA is to further the interest in the game of polo and support, by all possible means, the common interests of its affiliated clubs and associations.

The HPA is currently affiliated with:

57 outdoor clubs in the UK
9 outdoor clubs in Ireland
28 arena clubs in the UK and Ireland
6 associations in the UK and Ireland
27 overseas clubs and associations

Overseas scholarships are available to Pony Club Members for the improvement of pony welfare and player skill.

Any player who is a member of a polo club in the UK or Ireland are automatically associate members of the HPA.

For more information please see the HPA website

For more information about the British Junior Polo Championships please see the tab below.

The Hurlingham Polo Association Polo Charity has awarded the Pony Club a donation to be put towards the development and growth of youth polo through training and taster days.
Pony Club Branches and Centres may apply for all or part of the cost of their taster, rally or training day.

The following conditions should be met:
- Pony Club Branches/Centres who currently do not take part in Polo may apply for 100% of the cost of the coach and venue for the taster/rally
- Pony Club Branches/Centres who currently do take part in Polo may apply for 50% of the cost of the coach and venue for the taster/rally
- HPA accredited coaches must be used (please note that the coach will also need a DBS check to be in sole charge of a Pony Club group – this can be done through either the HPA or the Pony Club). Alternatively the coach can be accompanied by a Pony Club instructor. The Pony Club Polo committee will assist in sending a coach if none is nearby and the coach and/or committee can help with choosing a suitable venue
- The training may be open to all ages but the grant only applies to under 14s
- The grant will apply to the cost of coach and venue
- The organiser must submit a report in order for the grant payment to be made – this will include an outline of the day, the name of the coach used and a list of those under 14 who took part, please find the report form below

Subject to the above conditions being met and funds being available, the payment will be made directly to the Branch/Centre.

Please use the forms below to apply and claim for funding:

Polo Training Grant Application Form

Polo Training Grant Report Form

Tournament rules for the British Junior Polo Championships
All players must:
• Be a member of a polo club with an HPA handicap.
• Play in British Junior Polo as an amateur without any economic benefit.
AND either:
• Hold a British passport and be principally resident in the UK
or
• Be in full time education in the UK
or
• Be invited to play by the HPA if they are normally resident in England during the summer, such as children of overseas players.  Only one overseas player will be allowed per team.

The tournaments will be played under HPA rules and there are three sections:

BUCKMASTER
For teams of 0 to 2 goals and for players under 18 on 1st January 2016.
The recommended minimum age is 14. Younger players may apply to the Committee for exemption if of the required standard.
Four chukka matches.

ROCKSAVAGE
For teams of -3 to 0 goals and for players under 18 on 1st January 2016.
The recommended minimum age is 13. Younger players may apply to the Committee for exemption if of the required standard.
Four chukka matches.
No player of 1 goals or above.

HIPWOOD
For teams of -8 to -5 goals and for players under 15 on 1st January 2016.
The recommended minimum age is 11. Younger players may apply to the Committee for exemption if of the required standard.
No player of 0 goals or above.
Overseas players will player off a handicap of -1.
Three chukka matches, including the finals.

General
Players in Rocksavage may also play in Hipwood or Buckmaster.
Players may also play in Pony Club polo provided that they are members of The Pony Club.
Team names preferably should be based on Polo Clubs.
All matches will be scheduled and organised by the British Junior Polo Committee* and will take place from the beginning of July.
The date and venue of the finals are still to be organised but will be at the beginning of August.

Entry forms are available from the HPA offices or from their website. Closing date for entries will be Monday 9th May and should be sent to the HPA offices.

For further details please contact:
Jilly Emerson: jillyemerson@tesco.net or 07831 463304
Jeremy Barber: jbpolo@btconnect.com or 01647 61315
HPA Office: oliver@hpa-polo.co.uk or 01367 242828

*Tournament Committee: David Woodd, Jeremy Barber, Jilly Emerson and Olly Hughes



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