POLO VALLEY – IT’S A LIFESTYLE
Welcome to Polo Valley Sotogrande, where luxury meets the exhilarating world of polo. Our world-class facility is nestled on the outskirts of Sotogrande, one of Europe’s most exclusive coastal resort destinations.
Our mission is to offer a distinct environment where newcomers can embrace the sport and where fellow enthusiasts can revel in the unique polo lifestyle, all within an unparalleled setting.
Ever wondered about the captivating world of polo?
Now’s your chance to give it a go. Polo combines physical prowess, strength, connection with nature, and the thrill of teamwork. Join us in a safe and supportive environment, with perfect horses to embark on your polo journey.
Play at the heart of Andalusia and relish the unique lifestyle at Polo Valley Sotogrande. Our world-class resort boasts three polo fields, 75 ponies, and 300 days of sunshine.
MEMBERSHIP & STABLING
Picture yourself playing grass polo year-round without worrying about the weather, grooms or horse care. With our new Membership, you can become part of a dynamic community of passionate players who share your love for the sport in a unique environment.
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What is polo and how is it played?
Polo is a sport that is played on horseback. It involves two teams, each with four players, who try to score goals by hitting a small ball with long-handled mallets. The objective is to hit the ball into the opposing team’s goal while trying to defend their own.
Polo is played on a large grass field that is about the size of nine football fields. The field is divided into two halves, each with a goal at either end. The game is typically divided into six to eight periods, or “chukkas,” each lasting seven minutes. Players switch horses after each chukka to give the horses a rest.
The game begins with a throw-in, where the ball is thrown between the two teams. From there, players try to gain control of the ball and advance it down the field by hitting it with their mallets. Players can bump into each other to try to knock them off course or steal the ball, but dangerous riding or unsportsmanlike conduct is penalized.
The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins. Polo is a fast-paced and exciting sport that requires skill, strategy, and teamwork.
What kind of equipment do I need to play polo?
- Polo Mallets: Long-handled mallets made of bamboo or a similar material, which are used to hit the ball.
- Polo Balls: Small white plastic or wooden balls that are hit with the mallets.
- Helmets: Protective headgear that must be worn by all players.
- Boots: Specialized riding boots that provide support and protection for the player’s feet and ankles.
- Knee Pads: Protective padding worn over the knees to prevent injury.
- Gloves: Leather gloves that provide grip and protection for the player’s hands.
- Polo Shirts: Lightweight, breathable shirts designed for polo players.
- Riding Breeches: Tight-fitting pants that provide comfort and freedom of movement while riding.
- Spurs: Metal or plastic attachments worn on the boots that are used to control the horse.
- Whips: Short, flexible sticks used to encourage the horse to move or change direction.
- Saddle: Specialized saddles designed for polo players, which provide extra support and stability.
- Goggles: Optional protective eyewear that can be worn to prevent eye injuries.
These are the basic pieces of equipment needed to play polo, but some players may choose to wear additional protective gear or clothing depending on their individual preferences and needs.
What kind of physical fitness is required for playing polo?
Fitness for polo,
Playing polo requires a high level of physical fitness and athleticism, as it is a fast-paced, physically demanding sport that requires strength, agility, endurance, and balance. Some of the physical fitness requirements for playing polo include:
- Cardiovascular Endurance: Polo players need to have excellent cardiovascular endurance to be able to ride their horses at high speeds for extended periods of time.
- Strength: Polo players need to have good upper body strength to be able to swing the mallet and hit the ball with power. They also need to have strong leg muscles to be able to control their horse and maintain balance while riding.
- Agility: Polo players need to be able to quickly change direction and maneuver their horse in response to the movements of the other players and the ball.
- Balance: Polo players need to have good balance and coordination to be able to ride their horse while swinging the mallet and hitting the ball.
- Flexibility: Polo players need to be flexible in order to maintain good posture while riding and to be able to reach and hit the ball from different angles.
- Reaction Time: Polo players need to have quick reflexes and good reaction time in order to respond to the movements of the other players and the ball.
Polo Valley offers comprehensive physical training sessions during the polo programmes. The physical training is designed to help polo players achieve peak physical fitness, which is essential for success on the polo field.
The physical training sessions are conducted by experienced and certified trainers, who work with the players to develop a personalized training plan. The trainers use a range of techniques and exercises, including cardio, strength training, yoga, and Pilates, to help players achieve their fitness goals.