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Key Dates for the 2011 White Rose Polo Club season

White Rose Polo Club announces key dates for 2011 season

Get your diary at the ready - White Rose Polo Club has today announced details of its major tournaments for the 2011 season.


With the club’s fifth competitive season due to get under way in April, preparations for some of the most exciting fixtures in the Yorkshire polo calendar are already well under way.

The Summit Cup, a two-day tournament sponsored by leading digital marketing firm Summit Media and hosted by White Rose Polo Club, will be held on 11 and 12 June. Last year’s event saw a number of talented Yorkshire sides battling it out for the prestigious Summit Cup. A Pro-Am tournament in which beginners, supported by professional players, competed against one another was a new addition to the programme for 2010 and proved very popular with spectators. As always, there will be a fabulous themed polo party on the Saturday evening.

White Rose Polo Club will be heading to Castle Howard near York for the annual Castle Howard Cup on Sunday 26 June. The event takes place in the grounds of the Castle Howard estate against the magnificent backdrop of one of England's finest historic houses, which was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the third Earl of Carlisle. Visitors will be able to soak up the atmosphere of this quintessentially English occasion from the comfort of a VIP marquee located alongside the pitch.

The Yorkshire Open on 13 and 14 August is a two-day tournament hosted by White Rose Polo Club, which sees Yorkshire sides competing against some of the most talented sides from across the UK. Last year’s competition attracted teams from as far afield as Ascot.

Hedley Aylott, Chairman of White Rose Polo Club, said: “Since the club was first established four years ago, our major tournaments have attracted quite a following and helped us introduce thousands of people to a sport that they would probably never have had the opportunity to watch before, let alone have a go at playing themselves.

“Our summer tournaments attract a broad mix of people from all backgrounds and of all ages, including many families who bring a picnic and enjoy a fun day out. However, we also offer corporate guest packages for those who want to experience the thrill of watching hard-fought games of polo from the comfort of a VIP marquee, where they can enjoy fantastic food and wine.

“It makes a much more exciting and glamorous alternative to the more conventional day out at the races.”

Spectators are welcome at all of these events. There is usually a small charge for car parking, but people are welcome to take along their own picnic and spread out alongside the polo pitch to watch the action. Corporate hospitality packages are usually available too.