Polo team is a college first

The Angus College team are, from left, back - Dani Simpson and Sophie Smillie; front - Gemma Waters and Vikki Higgins.
The Angus College team are, from left, back - Dani Simpson and Sophie Smillie; front - Gemma Waters and Vikki Higgins.

FOUR Angus College students are saddling up to take part in their first ever polo competition.

For the first time ever, the college will be sending a team to the Schools and Universities Polo Association National Arena Tournament in Rugby.

The four students and team members, Gemma Waters, Sophie Smillie, Vikki Higgins and Dani Simpson, who are all animal care students have been in training and developing their skills on horseback.

Coaching them for the past three months has been Kinross-based Thom Bell.

And despite most people regarding polo as the ‘Sport of Kings’ more likely to be played by royals such as Princes William and Harry, Thom says anybody can play.

He explained: “It’s wrong to dismiss polo as simply an elitist sport. All kinds of people can play and you don’t have to be an expert rider or own your own pony to do it.

“Over one hundred teams from universities and colleges around Britain will be competing in Rugby and the girls will have the time of their lives.”

While Gemma, who is part of the girl’s team can’t wait for the tournament.

She said: “It’s a fantastic way to learn how to ride and although it’s not cheap, you could easily spend similar amounts of money on dancing lessons. We think it’s brilliant.”