Twenty-two independent schools have participated in the Open Division of the Schools & Universities Polo Association (SUPA) Senior Schools National Championships, sponsored by Glion Institute of Higher Education, which is among the world’s finest education institutions specialising in hospitality and luxury management.
The one-day event, held at Cirencester Park Polo Club on 19 June, was devised to celebrate polo’s grassroots talent. It brought together students from Ampleforth College, Cheltenham College, Heathfield School, Harrow School, Holyport College, Kilgraston School, Lymm High School, Merchiston Castle School, Millfield School, Radley College, Rugby School, Sherborne Boys School, Sherborne Girls School, Solihull School, Stowe School, Wellington College and others to compete across five divisions.
The winning teams – Cheltenham College (Open Final), Stowe School (Open Subsidiary Final), Rugby School (Open 2), Marlborough White (Intermediate), Sherborne Girls (Novice) and Millfield Blue (Beginner) – were presented with their prizes by Claire Reid-Warrilow, director for undergraduate recruitment at Sommet Education, a worldwide leader in hospitality education, which includes Glion and its campuses in London and Switzerland.
Also in attendance were Glion UK Masters students, alumni, prospective parents and other school representatives. In a separate tournament, Semper Anticus won The Glion Junior Cavalry Cup Final and R&R won The Glion Junior Cavalry Cup Subsidiary Final.
Speaking after the event, Claire said: “We were delighted to sponsor the Open Division of SUPA Senior Schools National Championships. It was an absolutely fantastic day and wonderful to see so many independent schools represented and giving their students an opportunity to play polo in such a prestigious setting.”
Main image: Stowe School (blue) and Radley College (red) Credit PoloPhot Rob & Joan Wakenham
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