Polo is an exciting, fast and challenging sport that is open to anyone. At Marlborough, success has has recently been achieved with our teams in Arena and Field Polo. Polo relies on team spirit, quick-thinking and the sport crosses the age range with boys and girls playing together.
Newcomers to the game should have some riding experience and be happy in walk, trot and canter before they begin this discipline.
Newcomers and beginners are able to do Polo in the Michaelmas Term when we offer a full introduction to Polo. From the Lent Term onwards, pupils are divided between novice and advanced groups and tuition is tailored to suit the levels. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of the ponies and their fellow teammates as we encourage a supporting learning environment.
We are lucky to benefit from the excellent standard of coaching provided by Giles Ormerod at Druids Lodge Polo Club near Stonehenge where we take players by minibus each week.
Pupils joining Polo have one lesson a week. Well trained ponies are provided by the club and the necessary equipment. The size of group is limited to take advantage of this HPA teaching. There is a good-sized outdoor arena with floodlights and the generous Polo Fields have an idyllic setting looking towards Stonehenge.
All advanced players are encouraged and usually expected to play both the Lent and Summer Terms. Such practice is vital in order to form and develop the teams and builds valuable experience for Lent and Summer Term matches.
Druids is our home base but Marlborough travel away to matches and competitions that place over the country. We look to have at least one valued inter-school instructional match each term and play school match fixtures in both the Lent and Summer Terms that include Cheltenham, Eton, Harrow, Millfield, Stowe and Radley.
As members of the Schools and Universities Polo Association we take a full part in the SUPA National Schools Championships at every level and support the SUPA Girls tournaments as well as playing matched players from school to university – including the military on occasion. A high point of the Summer Term has been our recent addition to the Invitation Copenhagen Cup weekend at Guards where our players with parental support meet the most competitive, prestigious school level opposition.
Mistress in Charge/College Polo Manager: Felicity O ‘Sullivan
Coach/Druids Lodge Polo Club: Giles Ormerod