The University of St Andrews Polo Club welcomes players of all levels, from those who’ve never seen a horse before coming to university to handicapped players. The club trains at Kinross Polo Club with Thom Bell, who also hires ponies for everything from friendlies and beach chukkas to national tournaments.
Beach chukkas are played fortnightly on West Sands; arena tournaments in Scotland and England including the University Challenge, The Edinburgh Annual Tournament, and Winter Nationals; and grass tournaments such as Summer Nationals in England every June. One of the many highlights of our annual calendar is our Charity Polo Tournament, hosted at Errol Park, which as of 2015 has become the largest polo event in Scotland.
|Mon||7:00 - 9:30 am||Sports Hall|
|Tues||7:00 - 8:30 pm||Sports Hall|
|Wed||2:30 - 4:30 pm||Sports Hall|
|Fri||3:30 - 5:00 pm||Sports Hall|
|Sun||10:30 - 11:30||Track|
The club is coached by Thom Bell who owns Kinross Polo Club where all lessons take place and where the club plays its arena polo. Thom also teaches lessons for the Dundee and Perth Polo Club and is the only coach or pony hirer in Scotland who is registered with the Association of Polo Schools and Pony Hirers.
Teams & Competitions
The Polo Club fields four Novice and two Beginners teams which compete in Scottish Student Sport (SSS) tournaments in Scotland and in Schools and Univerisities Polo Association (SUPA) competitions in England. The club also sends teams to play in the Beginners League at Kinross, which is SSS affiliated.
With the exception of designated team training lessons, all the club's sessions are open to people who wish to play recreationally. About 40-50 of the club's members play only recreationally and the lesson schedule can usually accommodate for about 40 people to play weekly.
The Polo Club hosts an annual Charity Polo Tournament that raises thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes, the club's chosen charity since 2009-2010. Since 2009, the tournament has raised £8,048.79 for charity.