Pony Club Polo is very fortunate to have access to Training Grants with support from the Treves family and The Polo Charity. Grants will be awarded under these two schemes on the basis of first come first served for applications which qualify, so please apply before the training day to avoid disappointment.
There are two forms, one for the Martin Treves grant and one for the Polo Charity scheme (more info below). The relevant form must be submitted for approval one week in advance of the training. The registration of the designated HPA instructor will be checked.
Martin Treves Training Grant
A generous donation has been made by Emma Treves to support the development and growth of youth polo through training and taster days. Emma’s father, Martin Treves, was an amateur player who played on ponies he trained himself and Emma is keen to encourage youngsters to play on their Pony Club ponies. This grant is therefore for members who intend playing Jorrocks or Handley Cross on their own ponies and may be claimed for as many seasons as they play Handley Cross or Jorrocks.
The Polo Charity Grant
A generous donation has been made by the Polo Charity towards the cost of training new players. This grant is available to members in their first year of training on Polo ponies.
Pony Club Branches and Centres may apply for all or part of the cost of their taster, rally or training days – these days can (and some should) include dismounted horsemanship and stable management content. The following conditions should be met:
- Pony Club Branches/Centres who currently do not take part in Polo may apply for 100% of the cost of their first taster/rally. Subsequent training can be claimed at 50% as below. After the first season claiming training grant(s), Branches and Centres are expected to enter a team or teams, or two players into the pool, in at least one friendly tournament.
- Pony Club Branches/Centres who currently do regularly take part in Polo may apply for 50% of the cost of a training rally. The Martin Treves grant is for Handley Cross or Jorrocks, Polo Charity Grant for Polo Ponies. The Polo Charity grant is for players in their first season regardless of age.
- HPA accredited coaches must be used. Please note that the coach will also need a DBS check to be in sole charge of a Pony Club group - this can be done through either the HPA or the Pony Club - or the coach can be accompanied by a fully accredited Pony Club coach. The Pony Club Polo committee will assist in sending a coach if none is nearby and the coach and/or committee can help with choosing a suitable venue
- The training should be open to all ages. The Polo Charity grant can be claimed for first year members on Polo Ponies. The Martin Treves grant can be claimed for any member playing Jorrocks and Handley Cross
- The organiser must submit a report in order for the grant payment to be made – this will include an outline of the day, the name of the coach used and a list of members who took part, and quotes from the members and photographs if possible to be used in the report to the sponsors
Subject to the above conditions being met, the application being approved and funds being available, the payment will be made directly to the Branch/Centre.
How to Apply
Please ensure you have read the above and are clear as to which grant is appropriate. Please submit the Application Form at least one week in advance of the training. After your training has taken place, please submit the Report Form. Payment will be made direct to the Branch/Centre who organised the training as soon as possible after the office has received the Report Form.
Martin Treves Training Grant Forms:
The Polo Charity Grant Forms - funding for the rest of 2023 is currently unavailable.
- The Polo Charity Grant Application Form 2023
- The Polo Charity Grant Report Form 2023
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