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


The Sassoon Cup

Published in RAF on 01 Aug 2009

This inaugural first formal fixture between the Army and the RAF took place at Tidworth Polo Club on August 1st and it will be a permanent fixture for both Associations. Playing in driving wind and rain on the Fisher Ground, the Army lost Paddy Boulter within the first ten seconds of the first chukka. He [...]

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End Of Season Meeting 2008

Published in RAF on 30 Nov 2008

INTRODUCTONI The Chairman welcomed the members to the End of Season meeting and thanked them for attending. The pertinent points drawn out from the 08 season were as follows: A promising number of people had come into the sport, predominantly thanks to the efforts of OIC Development, who organized a 3-day introductory course as well [...]

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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.