Power of Polo is a new and unique, national charity. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of anyone facing social, economic or health challenges, utilising the sport of polo.
Our strap line ‘change your line’ refers to how this sport can help you to change the direction of your life and is taken from the most important rule of the game – the line of the ball.
Our model is one of partnership, collaboration and facilitation. Many polo clubs are keen to provide charitable programmes but do not have the necessary infrastructure to be able to perform, sustain, monitor and evaluate them. Power of Polo provides this support by bringing together charities, polo clubs and other relevant organisations with the common aim of making these programmes a reality and facilitating the programmes by providing assistance with financing, training, monitoring and evaluation.
We have built youth leader positions within our courses as an opportunity for appropriate young people to develop skills which can help them towards their careers in the future. (Seen here in the top photo 4 youth leaders, CEO, and 2 youth workers from SCY)
It is our hope that by being a focal point for the charitable aim and by sharing the work being done by individual organisations with the wider polo community, we can be a catalyst for growth.
"Whilst we cannot significantly change a person’s current circumstance we believe that these opportunities may positively influence the way they view themselves and impact upon their future, thus improving and 'changing their line' "
Working with horses is well recognized in providing enormous benefit for mental and physical well-being. Polo adds a further dimension to this as a high paced team sport that combines demand for physical fitness with a need for discipline and focus. At Power of Polo, we believe that the experience of playing polo can positively impact a person's life by improving their self-confidence, their ability to work in a team and in many other ways personal to them.
Through its targeted programmes, Power of Polo partners with other charities to help identify those who may benefit from the experience polo has to offer, such as those undergoing rehabilitation from injury, those with long term heath issues (such as HIV) and those facing challenging socioeconomic conditions. Whether on a day experience, a week course or an ongoing programme, participants will gain experience of the sport in a safe and structured environment with fully accredited and trained HPA instructors.
It is the charity's aim to facilitate access to polo to those which it may be of benefit but for which the experience would otherwise not be accessible.
Challenges faced by those that may benefit from the experience of polo are hugely varied and can include: rehabilitation from injury, long term health issues (such as HIV) and difficult socioeconomic conditions. Power of Polo partners with other charities to help identify individuals who may benefit from the experience polo has to offer, whether it is by improving an individual’s self-confidence, improving their ability to work within a team or in any other way personal to the person concerned.
Within our structured framework participants will gain the experience of the sport with fully accredited instructors. Regardless of the challenge faced, all participants must be able to safely take part in our programmes and strict exclusion criteria will be applied during selection to reflect this.
Watch this short film depicting the journey of 8 boys from south London South Central Youth Charity through our 4 day polo programme and what they learned about themselves on the way. Let them show you the POWER OF POLO and what the sport can bring!!! With thanks to director and producer Elisabeth Kerr