Enjoy the biggest events of the season with official Polo corporate hospitality packages and VIP tickets in 2020
Polo, otherwise known as “the sport of kings,” is famous for having much of the world’s aristocracy being keen players, with many members of the British Royal Family being very active supporters. This is seen with the fact the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, is the President of Guards Polo Club since its formation in January 1955, furthermore the Polo Magazine credited Guards as “the most prestigious polo club in the world,” with Guards being one of only 4 clubs within the United Kingdom to host “High Goal,” polo matches (Highest level of play), alongside:
-Cowdray Park Polo Club,
-Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club,
-And Cirencester Park Polo Club.
The sport itself involves being played on horseback (on ponies), with the objective of two opposing teams of 4 scoring goals against their opponents by driving a small white plastic or wooden ball into a goal using a long handed mallet, one must note however the ball is hit with the side of the mallet not the perceived end of the “hammer.” The traditional game of Polo is played on a grass pitch up to 300 by 160 yards. The sport is believed to be first played in Persia (Iran) during the 6th century, eventually spreading to India in which British colonists including the Viceroy took to the sport with great popularity, this led to many British officers importing the sport home to Britain, and in 1874 the Hurlingham Polo Association drew up the first formal set of rules in 1874, many of which are still used in the modern game today.
One of the world’s most prestigious polo tournaments is the Queen’s Cup. A tournament which takes place every year at the Guards Polo club, featuring the very best Polo players from around the world. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, presents the winner of the finals with the trophy at the tournaments conclusion in June.
Eventmasters are pleased to announce that Corporate Hospitality packages are available for purchases at such high level events including the Queens Cup, The International Polo tournament, which is also held at Guards, and the unique Polo in the Park tournament which takes a different approach to the rules of the sport which is held at Hurlingham Park London.
The main difference between the rules adopted within the Polo in the Park adaptation and traditional Polo is the pace of the games, otherwise known as Chukkas, giving a much faster and ability straining playing style pushing the players and their ponies to the limit of their abilities, furthermore, Polo in the Park characteristically play on a smaller playing field, putting the spectators closer to the action. Giving the event a spectacular atmosphere, with the action of the sport being played just on the lawn outside of corporate hospitality facility.
Polo is not currently played in the Olympic Games. However the sport did feature until the elimination of the event in 1936, and has not been reinstated since, however the International Olympic Committee recognising Polo as a sport in 1998.
Argentina is the world’s best Polo playing nation, with the country at one point being able to field a 40 handicap team (if one is handicapped at 10, they are considered one top of the polo playing community), a feat never achieved in history.
Polo is without a shred of a doubt one of the most impressive sporting spectacles to witness, and is a must see for any sporting fan wishing to cross it off their bucket list. Moreover, the event adheres to the highest of standards allowing for the perfect environment to entertain clients and friends and is available with the excellent corporate hospitality packages.