Hi everyone. There are many individual and independent polo schools that exist around the world to feed new people into the sport at a local level. I believe there is great potential to combine together to form an international academy, creating a common curriculum using pooled expertise from each school to ensure the best tuition available. This initiative could also be used to create instructional DVDs & polo books for the improvement of the sport globally. Advertising materials and common branding could be shared in a franchise or partnership arrangement with coordinated marketing campaigns to bring new people into the sport to be carefully developed with best practice.
I think it would be great to have the instuctors get together once a year for an "Instructors" forum.
All sports, basketball, soccer, football...... have forums for coaches to get together and talk about ways to improve over all coaching. I have seen and talked with instructors all over the world and people like Rege Ludwig has a great intro to polo program, Justo Del is great at taking players to the next level, and Julian Hipwood is the best Medium/high goal coach out there. To have these three, as well as others, to give talks would help many instructors take there instruction to the next level. From there you could start to get a more unified way of global instruction.
I recently corresponded with Hugh Dawnay who has published some excellent books on polo. What we need to do is connect Rege, Justo, Julian & Hugh Dawnay + other experienced instructors and see if we can get some traction. I'd say a week together at a good polo resort somewhere nice/ convenient, sponsored by the host & other interested parties would do the trick. Not a big event but a concentrated group of 8-10 experts with the intention of mapping out a strong curriculum & business model. Does anyone have the contact details of these fellows? I would be happy to canvass the idea with them to see if we can get it together.
I have spoken with Hugh & Justo. It seems there are some good HPA coaches with a good program but this has not reached my part of the world. Hugh is a strong advocate of establishing a Polo Gymkhana with various skills tests that can be practiced by all player levels. The benefit of having a skills test approach is that it allows for different people in different circumstances to develop their skills at the speed that works for them, rather than an intensive few days as is typically the case with clinics. Many people can't play Polo more than once a week during summer and this approach could give them a clear pathway to develop core skills to be more effective on the field.
I agree with you, Charlie, abt the need of a Polo-Academy. Even, the golf-player (www.akademin.se), have that. A academy, who will offer proffesional-guide, so to say, for one more effective play for all., and provide a unit of instruction (so to defanie).
Hello, Excellent idea, love your thoughts Hugh and Charlie, an Instructors forum is a great idea, and particularly if we want Polo in the Olympics we need to do all we can.
What about a yearly International Polo Conference idea? All businesses do this, I'm not sure if the sports industry does this, and it would open opportunity to campaign polo globally.
Usually a conference will last 3 to 4 days, include instructors and players to speak from all over the world presenting ideas, outcomes, experiences, research, innovations, and could include expo displays (DVDs, books, equipment,etc), demonstrations, workshops and clinics, there is usually evening dinners to socialise, must include that.
Each year a different city is chosen for the conference and over time circulates around the world which in turn advertises the sport and increasing growth, development and the interests of new people.
Charlie your idea could also be incorporated in the conference with providing feeback from the instructors forums, and Hugh's idea of forming an international academy.
A committee needs to form in order for the ideas to take action and fruition.
Hi Gabby. The conference idea is very good. I'd be interested to know how a 'grass roots' conference would interact with the Federation of International Polo... They should really get behind these types of things, if not organise them themselves. Can you please post in its own discussion thread in this business forum? I will direct people to it in the next message to the group. Cheers, Hugh.