RAF Polo Association

‘To encourage and facilitate the playing of polo in the RAF. To introduce the game to potential new players and to improve the skills and knowledge of those already playing."

History

The RAF Polo Association was started by enthusiasts in the early 1920′s and has continued intermittently until recently when there was a sudden surge of interest. The RAF host their opening weekend in the fantastic setting of RAF Cranwell in early May each year, with both military and civilian teams enterting the tournament.

Membership

The RAFPA has 58 members with handicaps from S to 0. With only seven pony owners, most players hire horses for the matches. Chukkas and instructionals are subsidised by the RAFPA both at Tidworth and Cranwell Polo Clubs.

Tours

The RAF has been on tour to Ghana, Pakistan, South Africa, Argentina and lately New Zealand, for the third year running.

Committee

President: Air Vice Marshal Andrew Turner CBE MA MSc BA FRAeS FCMI RAF Hon President: Air Marshal (Rtd) Chris Nickols CBE Chairman: Group Captain Martin Adcock Deputy Chairman: Squadron Leader Ed Whitechurch Secretary: Flight Lieutenant Ellie Hoogewerf Deputy Secretary: Flying Officer Dan Rose Treasurer/Safety Manager: Flight Lieutenant Vicky Woodhead Training Officer: Flight Lieutenant Andy Waldron Media: Flight Lieutenant Mark Lynch RAF Cranwell Polo Manager: Flt Lt (Retd) Dave Black Sponsorship: Flight Lieutenant Ross Thomson Webmaster: SAC Gemma Turner-Wright

News

2013 RAF Cranwell

Published in RAF on 11 Mar 2013


The RAF will be hosting the annual Cranwell Tournament, where teams will be playing for the coveted Martyn Bebbington Memorial Trophy over the weekend 4/5 May 2013. Please contact the secretary if you are interested in entering a team.

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New Zealand Tour 2013

Published in RAF on 11 Mar 2013


Having had a successful tour to Kihikihi Polo Club New Zealand in 2012; Flight Lieutenant Vicky Woodhead decided to return for a couple of intensive weeks training to start the 2013 season. Here is her report.

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Fixtures 2015

DateEvent (Handicap)Location
23-24/05/15RAF Cranwell WeekendCranwellLeadenham
31/05/15Duke of York / Best of British Polo DayTidworth
14/06/15Ham ChallengeHam
1/07/15Crabs v CavsTidworth
TBC/07/15RMAS / RAFCC IntercollegiateRMAS
25-26/07/15Capts & SubsTidworth
23/08/15EFG Sassoon CupTidworth
31/08/15AGC CupTidworth
12-13/09/15Festival of Equitation combined with RAFEACranwell
19/09/15RAFPA End of SeasonWhite Waltham

Administration

MEMBERSHIP FORM – If you are interested in learning to play polo or would like to play for the RAF, please fill in the membership form. You will qualify for RAF chukka rates both at Tidworth and RAF Cranwell. Download

Contact

Secretary: Flt Lt Ellie Hoogewerf, 33 Sqn, RAF Benson, Wallingford OX10 6AA. Tel: 07768004413. E-mail: royalairforcepolo@yahoo.co.uk. Website: www.raf.mod.uk/rafpolo.