‘To encourage, support and organise polo throughout the Army at all levels in order to widen its membership, increase the opportunity to play the game and make best use of the HACKETT sponsorship in terms of coaching grants and other support’
Victory for the Army at Guards Polo Club 4 September 2011
Players: 141 registered players in 2011. Includes all regulars, TA and OTC. 18 OR Members. Those who play who are on Ops are not included.
Season: April to September – tours abroad arranged over the closed season.
Locations: Main centre is the CSPA Club at Tidworth. Ponies can be hired, courses arranged via the club at special service rates. Other centres include Bad Lippsringe, Hohne and Fallingbostal in Germany and the centre for RA polo at Thorney Island.
History: The APOLOA was only formed in 1998 in order to provide uniformity across the 3 services. It coordinates all polo activity from scholarships, tournaments, Army teams and overseas tours.
Main Events: The Rundle Cup at Tidworth. Army V RN, Army victors in 2011. Inter-Regimental (3rd oldest sporting competition in the WORLD since 1879) finals at Guards Polo Club, RN victorious for second year. Captains & Subalterns Tournament (first played in 1898) at Tidworth Polo Club – 15 army teams in 5 Divisions in 2011: winners of main Trophy the QRH.
Army Teams: Army Teams operate at Novice, Developing and Senior Levels. Each level plays at least 3/4 times each season and are sponsored by HACKETT clothing. In 2011 Army Teams won 6 out of 10 fixtures.
Overseas Tours: Overseas Tours are organised by the association and in the last 12 months teams have been touring in Argentina, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Plans for 11/12 include Malaysia and India.
Army Tour Abu Dhabi March 2011
Maj M G Eyre-Brook 9/12L (Matthew)
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President: General Sir Redmond Watt KCB, KCVO, CBE
Chairman: Lt Col S W Ledger ret
Secretary: Maj M Eyre-Brook 9/12L
Coach: Mr Gaston Devrient