Seaford College performed exceptionally well at the SUPA (Schools and Universities Polo Association) Senior Schools Arena Nationals polo tournament, held at the Rugby Polo Club on Sunday 5th March. This is the biggest tournament for schools in the UK during winter, with over 50 schools taking part, including some of the biggest schools in the polo world.
This was the first ever polo tournament that Seaford College has taken part in, and both teams rose to the challenge, with one team winning their division and the other team coming third. The A team beat Rugby 3-1, Felsted 6-0 and then played the Seaford B team in the final league game to set up the league win.
Seaford A were Bartholomew Baker (yr 10), Cally Nugent (yr 12) and Martha Crosdil (yr 10)
Seaford B were Isabel Anderson, Andrea Aranda and Rosey Grant (all year 13)
Matthew Pitteway, in charge of polo at Seaford, commented on the team’s success. “Polo, for the current Seafordians, began last summer when I took 20 beginners out for their very first lesson at Cowdray Park Polo Club, mid-way through the summer term. Following this, we had 8 regular outdoor players and then, when we moved indoors for the arena, that core group became cemented. I am absolutely thrilled that in just over 6 months the pupils have gone from never having played to winning a national tournament. The standard of polo yesterday was fantastic and we had to play hard every game to win. It was a really great day and a perfect opportunity to put ourselves up against some of the biggest schools in the polo world.”