Irish international polo player Niall Donnelly has taken over the running of the All England Polo Club at Hickstead.
He takes over from Sarah Wiseman from Aspect Polo, who will be focusing on playing international polo on the Women’s Tour.
“Niall has been closely involved with the club for several years, and we are looking forward to a fantastic 2018/19 winter season under Niall’s stewardship,” said AEPC Chairman, John Bunn.
Niall began his polo career at the age of 14 and has gone on to play all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, India and most recently, Barbados. He currently plays off an outdoor handicap of 4 goals and an Arena handicap of 6.
He is a regular on the International Irish team and has won several best playing pony prizes while representing his country. As well as playing, Niall spends his time training polo ponies and coaching players.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming season at Hickstead, and I am hoping to introduce lots of new players to the excitement of Arena Polo, as well as coaching some of the talented young players in the area,” said Niall.
The All England Polo Club has a full-sized 100m x 50m arena, a popular clubhouse and stabling for more than 80 horses. Polo livery is available, as well as rental horses and lessons.
The Hickstead season gets underway with an open weekend of chukkas, followed by regular Club chukkas and tournaments most weekends throughout the winter. The season culminates with the Arena Polo International Test Match on Saturday March 2.
Tickets for the Test Match go on sale later this year, and will cost just £5 per ticket. Admission and parking for all the other tournaments is free of charge, and spectators are always welcome.