Four inspiring heroes will saddle up to compete in the world’s first Para-Polo match as part of the Best of British Polo event raising money for Help for Heroes.
The thrilling event came about due to the passion of David Cowley who saw at first hand the assistance and support Help for Heroes provided his son Nick and his family when Nick was injured in Service.
The Para Polo match will be followed by the Best of British Under 25 polo match, which is the polo world’s tribute to all those service men and women injured in recent conflicts. Nick Cowley, of the Queen’s Royal Hussars, will be among the players taking part in the much-anticipated match, which will be held at Tidworth Polo Club, in Wiltshire, on 1st June, 2014.
The inaugural match, which will see injured personnel play alongside members of the Army team, will be part of a fourth showcase polo event presented by Best of British Polo. Tidworth Polo Club‘s Duke of York’s Cup (Royal Navy v Royal Air Force) will kick the day off, followed by the Para-Polo match and finally the Best of British U25 match featuring eight of the top young names in British Polo.
The wounded players taking part are: Veteran Clifford O’Farrell, Veteran Elaine Corner, Veteran Andrew Jelinek and Major Nick Cowley, most of who have been learning to play polo with Help for Heroes over the past year.
Polo is part of the extensive Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme, which has been in existence since 2008, and uses the rehabilitative nature of sport to enable those who have been wounded, injured or become sick to return to a happy and active life. The Charity is passionate about introducing these heroes to adaptive sports of all kinds and is committed to continuing to do this in years to come.
Martin Colclough Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “The freedom and exhilaration the Help for Heroes Para-Polo Team has gained from playing polo up until now is fantastic to see. The influence the sport has on the mental and physical health of someone who has suffered life-changing injury or illness makes this - and all adaptive sport - incredibly valuable. I imagine that the match will be closely fought and we can’t wait to see who wins. Thank you too to the Best of British Polo for allowing us the opportunity to play and for raising vital funds that will help our heroes now and into the future.”
David Cowley, who is organising the event, said: “We are excited to be involved with such an extraordinary charity and are very grateful both to them and to Tidworth Polo Club for their enthusiasm and support for such an important day in the polo calendar. Spectators will be in for an epic eyeful of the best polo as the player’s battle it out in style and in such a beautiful setting.”
To buy tickets for the match on 1st June, please visit www.bestofbritishpolo.co.uk.
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