Many people assume that "the sport of kings" is just for the rich and famous. This is a misconception. Polo is accessible for corporate events. Polo for Heart in the City underscored this message at a recent charity event showcasing polo in Toronto's downtown financial district. Australia has a popular Polo in the City series.
La Sofia Polo Club in Argentina offers a corporate polo day for beginners.
For corporate polo team events, you can choose from:
- Corporate tables (Toronto: $1500 for a table of 8), tents or boxes at polo charity events.
- 1 Day Introduction to Polo clinics ($250 - $300 a person).
It's an affordable and memorable local incentive for companies that have put their incentive travel programs on hold. It's also perfect for client appreciation events.
- Polo team building
Integrates an introductory polo clinic with facilitated business exercises with a polo theme.
- Demonstration games with afternoon tea or dinner.
- Polo school ($2500 - $3000 per person).
1 or 2 evenings a week for 8.
- Camel Polo - a variation on the game in Dubai and India
Many polo clubs need volunteers for charity events. Your team can relax in a country setting and take in great polo action while giving back to the community. Some clubs even host a barbecue and game to thank volunteers.
Polo events provide a range of corporate sponsorship and promotional opportunities.
- Sponsor a game
- Place an ad in a polo magazine
- Sponsor a team for a game or a season
You can also donate door prizes or supply items for the silent auctions.
Many polo clubs welcome visitors at no charge at their weekly or bi-weekly club polo matches. Major tournaments have general admission. For example, for PACE Polo for Heart coming up near Toronto from June 17 - 19, 2011, general admission is $15 per adult. Send a member of your executive team and an employee to check it out.
One word of caution. Polo is addictive. It's easy to get bitten by the polo bug.