Not Just the Sport of Kings


27th February 2014

Proving that polo can be the sport of students, not just kings, Dundee & Angus College has formed its first polo team.

Gemma Waters, Sophie Smillie and Peter Tyler are part of an eleven-strong polo club based at the Arbroath Campus. For the past year they have been taking weekly lessons, as and when they can afford it, with Scotland’s top polo coach, Thom Bell in Kinross.

Animal Care student Sophie Smillie says “so many people think that Polo is an exclusive sport for the wealthy, but we’re living proof it can be done. You don’t need to own your own polo pony, you don’t even need to be an experienced rider. One of our members, Peter Tyler, had never even ridden a horse before he started to play and now he’s great.”

After entering the first D&A College polo team ever in a national polo competition, the student members are looking for sponsorship to take their sport further. If you are interested in finding out more about sponsoring the polo team, contact Zoe Bing on 01241 432620 or email

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