The University of St Andrews Polo Club is a friendly club that welcomes players of all abilities, from experienced and handicapped players to those who have never sat on a horse before. The club trains at Kinross Polo Club with our qualified coach and pony hirer Thom Bell. Ponies are available for everything from friendly matches and beach chukkas to national tournaments.
We are a very active club with numerous weekly training sessions and regular beach chukkas on West Sands Beach chukkas are either amongst ourselves or with visiting university teams. We attend a variety of tournaments throughout the year across the whole of the UK, both on grass and in the arena. These include The Edinburgh Annual Tournament, SUPA Winter Nationals and SUPA Summer Nationals as well as friendly tournaments hosted by other universities and Polo Clubs. One of the many highlights of our annual calendar is our Charity Polo Tournament, hosted at Errol Park Estate.
Lessons are held daily at Kinross Polo Club (except Sunday and Monday) in the afternoon and evening. They are filled on a first come first served basis with the available days and times changing each week to accommodate as many people’s class schedules as possible.
Where possible the club arranges for car share between players to and from Kinross Polo Club. When this is not possible the regular bus service from St Andrews to Kinross Polo Club is used.
The club is coached by Thom Bell who owns Kinross Polo Club where all lessons take place and where the club plays arena polo. Thom also teaches lessons for the Dundee and Perth Polo Club based at Errol, where we play on grass. He is the only coach and pony hirer in Scotland who is registered with the Association of Polo Schools and Pony Hirers.
Teams & Competitions
The Polo Club regularly fields Novice and Beginner teams as well as Intermediate and Open level teams when player experience allows. We compete in Scottish Student Sport (SSS) tournaments in Scotland and in the Schools and Universities Polo Association (SUPA) competitions in England. The club also sends teams to play in tournaments hosted by other universities and Polo Clubs throughout the UK.
With the exception of designated team training sessions, all the club's lessons are open to people who wish to play recreationally. Many of the club's members play only recreationally and the lesson schedule can usually accommodate all those wishing to play.
The Polo Club hosts an annual Charity Polo Tournament on grass, in April. It has raised over £25,000 for Help for Heroes, the club's chosen charity, since 2009. As of 2015 it has been the largest annual polo event in Scotland.