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."


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.


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.


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


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


RAF Polo Season Report 2012

Published in RAF on 11 Mar 2013

Amongst the highlights of the 2012 season was the ever flourishing Cranwell tournament; a successful rematch in the now well established Ham Challenge as well as an increase in members, in particular amongst the lower ranks. Air Cdre Tim Brown, after over 10 years as Chairman of the RAF Polo Association, handed the reins across [...]

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Cranwell Polo Weekend

Published in RAF on 30 Nov 2011

The 2011 RAF Cranwell Polo weekend started again this year with a three-day training camp at Leadenham with nine both established players and beginners in attendance. The emphasis of the course led by the Leadenham 2 goal professional Mateus Jolley was on riding for polo; the mornings were spent in the sand school mastering the [...]

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Fixtures 2017


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


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.