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


Cranwell Polo Weekend

Published in RAF on 01 May 2008

This year’s polo extravaganza is set for May 1st to 3rd. Training and team trials will be on Friday afternoon from 13:00, followed by a tri-service tournament (-4 to -6 goal) on the Saturday and Sunday. Everyone welcome, including beginners. Please contact Flt Lt Dave Black on 95751 Ext 6332.

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2007 Season Report

Published in RAF on 30 Nov 2007

INTRODUCTION The 2007 season has reflected the growing interest in Polo within the RAF. The Association has never been stronger, both financially and on a playing level, despite results not being as good as in 2006. Of the 35 members within the Association, 15 represented the RAF this season, and Flt Lt Black, OIC Development, [...]

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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.