Power of Polo

Power of Polo

At a glance

Causes

  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Emergency Services / Armed Forces
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Mental health
  • Sports
  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

Our mission is to use polo as a sport for change to positively impact the lives of anyone facing social, economic or health challenges by developing impactful programmes that change perspectives of both self and society.

Our model is one of partnership, collaboration and facilitation accomplished by bringing together charities, polo clubs and other relevant organisations with the common aim of positively impacting lives through the sport of polo. Since our inception in 2015 our vision has reached 123 participants (42 female and 81 males) from ages 12 to 67. Opportunities in 2023 allowed us to increase operational capacity building a more sustainable model. In 6 months we reached a total of 31 participants over 6 residential activities with (9 female 22 male).

Sport for change is a global approach to bringing about positive social change for individuals and communities through the intentional use of sport and physical activity. The sport of polo has an additional adage of equine interaction which carries with it the therapeutic value of riding or handling horses.

There is currently no published data on the use of polo as a potential equine intervention. PoP is working to change this to use the results to strengthen the impact of our activities.

Our vision is that every polo club in the United Kingdom uses polo as a sport for change to provide high impact social return.

Activities

There are 3 key elements of intervention unique to the experience of polo with the Power of Polo;

  1. The therapeutic value of building relationships with the horses, both in hand and ridden
  2. The sport of polo is a team sport that requires both horsemanship and sportsmanship skills.
  3. The polarization of the polo industry’s social environment vs the participants normal social environment as a catalyst for positive changes to social mobility skills.  The social experience of being at a polo club or event is the complete antithesis for participants normal social environment is a catalyst for positive changes to social mobility skills allowing participants to identity, explore and discover attributes they may not be aware of whilst being in a safe environment.

Building on these three elements, the learnings from the data collected and published in our PoP Pilot Phase Report, from after action reviews with partners, we have devised a unique sustainable and scalable model for our programmes.

Rooted in the principles of partnership and collaboration for the benefit of the participants. POP selects a partner organisation to work with on the basis of mutual interest in supporting the same target population as part of their ongoing programmes. POP then select an appropriate polo school to run a programme.

 

A typical programme would include up to 3 hours of polo tuition a day with a morning session and an afternoon session. Lessons focusing on riding, mastering all of the shots and progressing to how to play the game. In addition lectures and practical sessions with veterinary surgeons, talks about equine health and care, learning about how to tack-up and muck-out stables as well as inspirational talks or a special visit to see The Queens Box at a club or to  Premier League football ground. The final day for all courses comprises of a mini tournament, prize giving and celebration for completion of the course. Other sessions around the polo are designed with the specific partner to tailor to the participants needs. For residential programmes accommodation in large houses mean a family feel with meals made together and downtime for participants, particularly important for the younger populations.

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