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Rundle CupThe Horsepower for Veterans Polo Project (V-Polo) is run by Veterans, for Veterans and delivers activity to improve the health and wellbeing of Veterans. It is a 2-year project that has been co funded by Tedworth Equestrian – the Armed Forces Equine Charity, and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Positive Pathways programme.
Why you should join as a Veteran
It could be that you wish to have a social membership and a sense of belonging so that you can gather again with your fellow veterans and other Armed Forces Community individuals at events and occasions in the beautiful surroundings of Tedworth Park. It might be that you may have never ridden or played polo before but want to give this fast, dynamic sport a go. You could already be a polo player who has not had the opportunity to re-engage in the sport as much as you might have liked. You might also be one of those talented polo players that has already represented your service and would like to do so again in a veteran’s team in front of large crowds of supporters. You may have heard or read about the mental benefits derived from the unique bond between human and horse and want to be part of that. Whatever your ambition the project hopes to deliver it for you.

How to benefit from this exciting project

Step One – Contact Tedworth Park Polo Club Secretary and provide your details and e mail address along with which V Polo category you wish to benefit from:

  • Corporate Membership. This is designed for the veteran who wishes to learn, train or play occasional matches. The grants have allowed V Polo to take corporate membership at Tedworth Park Polo Club, in the same category and rules as Regimental and Corps teams. This category has the following benefits:
    • Membership of the club.
    • Hire of ponies from the club. The reduced military rates are on the main website.
    • Play a maximum of 16 chukkas. This includes Club Chukkas and Matches.
    • Use of the clubhouse and its bars.
  • Individual Membership. This is aimed at the regular player who wishes to play numerous matches. Full Membership joining fee and pony hiring rates are subsidised and through the grants are now the same as those currently serving in the Armed Forces. Rates are on the main club website.
  • Social Membership. This is designed for the non-playing Veteran, former polo player or those who just wish to be associated with Veterans Polo, joining in the fun and camaraderie of military sport. This costs you nothing. Benefits include:
    • Social Membership of the club
    • Free car pass to Heroes Day (Normally £30)
    • Free car pass to the Rundle Cup (Normally £30)
    • Use of the clubhouse
    • Club magazine and updates

Step Two – Tedworth Equestrian – The Armed Forces Equine Charity will send you an email with a bespoke link for your formal registration to the Grant Impact Tool. This is designed and delivered by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund. It gathers the veteran demographics and total project uptake which will hopefully help secure further funding releases

Step Three – You will receive a letter with your membership details from Tedworth Park Polo Club after which you can participate and enjoy the full benefits of this project.

Contact:
Lead for Veterans Polo Colonel Dickie Winchester info@tedworthparkpolo.com 01980-846705
Director of Polo for Tedworth Park Polo Club Brigadier Justin Stanhope-White info@tedworthparkpolo.com 01980-846705
Secretary of Tedworth Park Polo Club Mrs Carole Nelson info@tedworthparkpolo.com 01980-846705
Tedworth Equestrian – The Armed Forces Equine Charity Charity Secretary Mrs Sam Illingworth Samillingworth@tedworthequestrian.co.uk 01980 846464

Tedworth Equestrian was established in 2019 to deliver Equine Therapy (physical, mental and socially prescribed), Recreation, Sport and Welfare to the Armed Forces Community wherever they are. It utilises a number of delivery centres (Tedworth Park Polo Club is one) across the UK and overseas to reach the Armed Forces Community beneficiaries who are: Serving members of the Armed Forces and their Dependants, Veterans and the Bereaved and the Local Community around Armed Forces bases.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) supports the Armed Forces Covenant by delivering funding programmes that create real change to Armed Forces communities across the UK. The Positive Pathways Programme awarded a 2 year grant to towards the costs of facilitating and delivering this exciting project.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 28 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.