ABOUT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY POLO CLUB

 

Founded in 1873 Cambridge University Polo Club is the oldest polo club in Europe and lays claim to the oldest continuing polo fixture in the world - The Varsity Polo Match, now played at Guards Polo Club. 

 

Today Cambridge University Polo Club is based at Cambridge County Polo Club, just a 15 minute drive from the city centre. Here we have a world class arena, up to eight grass pitches, and a wooden horse. 

 

Cambridge University Polo Club is proud to be the most affordable University Club in the county and we continue to strive to make polo as accessible as possible. This is made possible through licensing agreements and through our partnerships, which includes our official supply agreement with La Martina. 

 

Cambridge University Polo Club has a packed calendar with over six lessons per week, weekend chukkas, and frequent inter-university matches. This is on top of our busy social calendar with key events including the Polo Ball and the Atlantic Cup. 

 

Cambridge University Polo Club is not just for the polo elite. We have an extensive development program that takes on those who have never tried polo. In fact, in both 2017 and 2018 over half our members had never played before coming to Cambridge.

OUR FACILITIES

The Club is currently based in Lode at the Cambridge County Polo Club, just 15 minutes from the center of Cambridge.

 

Our lessons take place on a brand new arena most evenings of the week under floodlights to accommodate all but the most outrageous university course committments with additional weekend chukkas or inter-university matches.  The club house provides a fantastic place for players to relax after playing - or even have a shower if the heat of the game really got to you!

 

The Club's ponies are provided by our official pony supplier Fabio Lavinia, and looked after by our dedicated grooms Anita and Amelia.

HISTORY OF THE CLUB 

The Club was founded in 1873 by the Hon John Fitzwilliam, making it one of the oldest clubs in Europe. In 1879 the University players felt strong enough to enter a team in the Hurlingham Club’s Champion Open Cup which was the premier competition of the time and is equivalent to the modern day Gold Cup. Although they were quickly defeated, the experience served them well and they returned later that year to defeat Oxford in the first Varsity Match.

 

The Varsity Match is still the oldest continuing polo fixture in the western world and is now played annually at Guards Polo Club in June.

 

Right: "Polo Varsity 1878" by Frank Dadd (Life time: drawn in 1879) - Original Publication: private collection

The Club is currently based in Lode at the Cambridge County Polo Club, just 15 minutes from the center of Cambridge.

 

Our lessons take place on a brand new arena most evenings of the week under floodlights to accommodate all but the most outrageous university course comittments with additional weekend chukkas or inter-university matches.  The club house provides a fantastic place for players to relax after playing - or even have a shower if the heat of the game really got to you!

 

The Club's ponies are provided by our official pony supplier Fabio Lavinia, and looked after by our dedicated grooms Anita and Cassie.

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY POLO CLUB TODAY 

Today Cambridge University Polo Club is a active and fun club, providing the unique opportunity to experience polo under the expert tutelage of our professional coach Francis Molyneux. The Executive Committee is responsible for the day to day running of the club, supported by the Junior Committee, with assistance from the Advisory Committee - which is formed of Cambridge University Polo Club Alumni. 

 

Cambridge University Polo Club is  currently under the presidency of HRH Prince of Wales, a former Cambridge University Polo Club member. The Club has a number of notable alumni, many of whom remain actively involved with the Club both on and off the pitch and through their continued generous support. 

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© Cambridge University Polo Club 2019. Photography by Charlie Newton