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


2011 Tour To New Zealand

Published in RAF on 28 Feb 2011

The RAF Polo Association Team were granted RAF Sports Board authority to conduct an Overseas Visit (OV) to New Zealand over the period 26 December 2010 to 2 February 2011. The aim was to conduct an overseas polo visit to New Zealand, which included two weeks polo training and four tournaments. The OV provided a [...]

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End Of Season Report 2010

Published in RAF on 30 Nov 2010

The Royal Air Force enjoyed another excellent season with the highest number of players ever, polo being introduced to Cranwell IOT cadets, the Cranwell Tournament extending to eight participating teams, more players becoming horse owners and even some success on the field of play! There were 33 paid up members of the RAF Polo Association [...]

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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.