A riding centre in Cheshire will become the first one in the county to offer polocrosse. Mobberley Riding School is working in conjunction with Celyn Polocrosse Club and the UKPA to offer polocrosse to more people. The Cheshire Polocrosse Centre is holding its first polocrosse day on the 6th April.
Commenting on the new venture on Horse and Hound online, riding school manager Sarah Diggle said “We already have our own polocrosse team but we want to offer the opportunity for more horse riders to enjoy what is an exciting, fun, competitive horse sport at a grassroots level. By basing the Cheshire Polocrosse Centre here we will be filling a huge geographical hole in the sport’s growing national network. We really want people to come and have a go which is what the open day is all about.”
The addition of another riding centre offering polocrosse is good news for the UKPA, who recently announced two new polocrosse centres in Yorkshire and Lancashire who were working with them to promote the sport.
UKPA Sport Development Officer Iain Heaton said “It’s great to see more and more riding centres offering polocrosse, there are now quite a few around the country. We have created a new dedicated page on the UKPA website to help people find them and we want to work with even more centres going forwards. Recently we have had interest from centres in Essex, Kent, County Durham and Scotland.”
“They have the facilities that we need and we have the skills and knowledge that helps them offer polocrosse to their riders. Nearly everyone who tries polocrosse loves it and I think riding centres who offer it can make money out of it, especially at the moment when it is a fairly unique selling point. In fact I should really quit this job and set up my own polocrosse centre…yes that’s what I’ll do…” At this point he started laughing madly and ran out of the room.