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As a highlight of the South coast’s summer season, the Asahi British Beach Polo Championship will return to Sandbanks, Poole for its 7th year on the 11th and 12th of July 2014. Supported by some of the best arena polo players in the world, the hotly anticipated beach festival promises excitement and glamour both on and off the pitch. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be competing with England keen to retain the title after a gripping final against Wales last year.
Arena polo is a spectacular spectator sport and played on a stunning Blue Flag beach brings the very best out of the players, ponies and guests. The thoroughbred ponies and high goal players love playing on the beach in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Jack Kidd, supported by his sister Jodie, will be playing again this year says ‘I have been lucky enough to play polo all round the world – Sandbanks is still one of my favourite weekends of the year. The polo is insanely competitive, the audience is great and the beach parties - well they are simply the best!’ Chris Hyde, representing Scotland, is also returning to Sandbanks this year as the best arena polo player in Europe.
To celebrate its 5th year at the event the Oakley International Beach Volleyball will see Team GB play the Australian Olympians in a 2 match series. Excitement is also mounting about the Sunseeker ‘Seek the Sun’ fashion show to be held on both days.
Whether visitors are dining in the waterfront Sandpolo Hospitality marquee, enjoying the exclusive VIP experience, soaking up the atmosphere with General Admission tickets, or just choosing to sit outside the fence on the purpose built beach viewing area it is a chance for polo, beach volleyball and the Jurassic English coast to show off its attributes.
So why does the Championships keep returning to Poole? Johnny Wheeler says ‘a cooperative council and a large, stunning, easily accessible beach are the vital ingredients for us as event organisers. Some good weather, the best polo players and an enthusiastic crowd is pretty important too’.
Variety – the Children’s Charity is the chosen charity. The main fundraising event is the Audi Q7 v polo pony race on the beach.