Aspect Polo takes over the reins at the All England Polo Club
We are delighted to announce that Aspect Polo has taken over the management of The All England Polo Club for the 2015/16 winter polo season.
Aspect Polo was formed three years ago by Sarah Wiseman. “We wanted to help people get into polo as easily as possible,” she explains. “The aim was to deliver a quality service without costing the customer a fortune.”
The company developed quickly and soon took over the running of the former polo club at Knepp Castle. Now having just completed its third season, the club offers some of the best facilities in the country, with one of the best and most picturesque polo fields available for low- and medium-goal polo in the country.
It made sense for Aspect to look at expanding further into the winter months. Sarah has always had a close relationship with The All England Polo Club, Hickstead, having been Polo Manager here for seven years.
“It is with great pleasure that Aspect Polo has teamed up with Hickstead to bring clients to one of the best arena facilities in the world, with the same ethos of fun, high quality yet cost-effective polo in a truly spectacular setting,” Sarah adds.
For those of you who aren’t already familiar with the facilities at Hickstead, the All England Polo Club offers a superb full-sized 100m x 50m arena, plus a clubhouse and on-site stabling for 80+ horses. Full and DIY livery is available as well as rental horses and lessons.
As we open our doors for a new season, we’d like to invite you to join us all the All England Polo Club – and experience the joys of arena polo for yourself.
Unlike traditional polo, arena polo is played with three team members, using a larger and softer ball. Shots and angles can be played off the boarded sides of the arena, which is much smaller than a grass pitch – making the action really exciting and simple to follow.
We have club chukkas this weekend and then a host of tournaments throughout the winter, starting on the weekend of 21/22 November and culminating in our popular Arena Polo International Test Match in March. There is a small admission fee for this day, but every other weekend offers free admission to spectators, including free parking.
Our polo clubhouse overlooks the arena and is the perfect place to settle in to enjoy watching the action on the pitch. We will be serving food all day on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season, so do come and enjoy a superb Sunday Roast or a lighter meal. Everyone is welcome and we are sure you will enjoy the food and the polo.
If you’d like to give arena polo a try, lesson prices are very good value. With group sessions available it could be a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends, trying something new.
The Polo School at the All England Polo Club will be run by El Casal this year. Memo Rachia Grau is a two-goal player from Argentina, and he has spent many years building a string of high-quality rental ponies here in the UK. He is also an excellent instructor and will be offering lessons to everyone over the winter, from those who haven’t tried polo before or have never ridden a horse, to seasoned players in need of some extra guidance.