About SUPA

The SUPA Mandate:  SUPA was established to promote and develop Schools and Universities Polo. Founded in 1991, SUPA acts as a central point of reference for advice, guidance and encouragement. SUPA organises tournaments, select representative teams for home and away Test Matches and seeks to distribute financial support as far as possible. SUPA aims to be inclusive and offer grants to advance the sport within participating educational institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 

Historical Background: Founded in 1991by five senior schools and later associating with two universities, SUPA expanded as a members association to include other Universities in 1994 and invited seven Junior (Prep) Schools to join in 1994. In 2005 SUPA was incorporated by its member institutions as Schools and Universities Polo Association Limited. In 2014 SUPA became a registered UK Charity.

SUPA organises and runs seven National Tournaments in all the levels at various Polo Clubs throughout the country as well as organising the SUPA International Festival in early July, where SUPA hosts incoming International teams as well as featuring matches with our best Ladies, Schools and University players.  Over the last few years international teams included Hungary, Poland, Italy, Dubai, France, West Indies, New Zealand, Kenya, India, Chile and Argentina.

An active winter (arena) programme is also run allowing both regular and new players to practise and play all year round. SUPA in 2009 launched a scheme to certify all its beginner and novice players for Polo Riding proficiency in an innovative programme partially supported by sponsors' Roxtons. Introduced in 2017, all players registering for membership will be required to nominate the HPA Instructor or Coach in an effort to enhance existing safety measures.  This measures along with tighter rules regarding pony hire has further ensured the safety and welfare for both players and ponies and with the formation of the APSPH [Association of Polo Schools and Pony Hirers] who main an official Riding Establishment License enabling their members supply horses for hire.

In 2009 SUPA instituted the Schools National Trials in order to bring transparency and inclusion of all Senior School players by assessing representative players during a programme of field and off-the-field exercises.  This process forms the basis for Stewards, who may also nominate, to identify the better players to be recognised and selected for both National and International Representative Teams.

Today there continues an extensive winter and summer polo programme for Junior Schools, Senior Schools and Universities.

Commencing in 2017 SUPA will clelbrate its 25th Anniversay and launch an active programme of "Introduction to Polo" consisting of 3-4 Group Sessions or  "polo tasters", to encourage new entrants to the game.  This will be accomplished through affiliated HPA Clubs and recognised APSPH Polo Schools, culminating with a National Jubilee Championships and possible entry into selected Regional Tournaments. The 2017 summer and winter programmes features eight open events: National Junior Schools, National Senior Schools and a unique National Girls Schools and the very popular National Universities Tournaments. All of these tournaments feature beginners, novice, intermediate, combined and open divisions in order to include all levels of interest and ability. ​  We will also be hosting international players from previous SUPA Festivals for a Jubilee Tournament in July.  We plan to host a national team from China in the summer and will be sending teams to France, and playing in Ghana and India in the fall, 

SUPA today makes every effort to offer "inclusive" polo for interested players of all abilities. 
Overheard: "SUPA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!" anon.


 

 

 

SUPA Members' Offer

SUPA playing members receive a 10% discount on all purchases from Polistas who donate an additional 8% to the SUPA Charity by quoting the discount code "SUPA". So please support our 2014-16 Sponsors of the International Test Match Series.