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Polo Tournament Campaign

A project by: William Galvin


WE RAISED £2,001

from 6 donors

This project received donations on Fri 08 Feb 2019
5 Students Have Qualified For the National University Championships


Why are we here?

Hi, we're a group of 5 students from the university of Essex that have recently qualified for the national university polo championships which are held in Rugby every year. The championships attract over 160 teams from more than 50 universities, it is the highest level of competition that you can achieve playing polo at a university level. Whilst this is a great opportunity for each individual who'm have invested many hours into the beloved sport there are significant costs involved before we can compete hence the creation of this campaign. So without further ado here's something from each of the players:


William galvin

Hi, my name is William, I'm a third year computer science student here at the university. I've been riding horses for over a decade but only picked up polo in September of last year. Polo brings a whole new level of competition and camaraderie that you don't get with English horse riding and the people that I've met playing polo have become some of my best friends. The tournament is an amazing opportunity for me to prove myself on a national stage a compete against the best universities in the country.


Anton Reshetov

Hello, my name is Anton and I am a second year computer science student at the University of Essex. I have discovered my love for horses at the age of 14. however I wasn't able to ride back then. In my first year at the university I have joined Equestrian club and started riding horses. In the second year Equestrian club offered an extremely exciting opportunity to learn to play polo. I knew I loved polo right from the first lesson and was keen to continue improving my skills in this sport. Now I have trained for almost half a year and the tournament is a good opportunity for me to test my skills on the national level as well as find new friends who are as passionate about polo as I am.


Maria zay

Studying: MSc Speech and Language Therapy

Why I love polo: it gives me a buzz that allows for head space to escape the stresses of studying. I also enjoying having the opportunity to do be outside playing a sport with beautiful animals, whilst learning a new skill with the good company of my team!


Oscar Blair-park

Hi, my name is Oscar I am in my final year of my Economics and Politics. This year alongside applying to graduate programs, researching for my dissertation and general studying I decided to take up horse polo. Having played football all my life I wanted to try something new and there are very few things as far from a “Normal Sport” than Polo. After a few lessons I fell I love with the sport, it’s not only challenge of being a complete beginner but also the people involved are some of the nicest people I have met. Nationals would be an amazing opportunity to satisfy my love for competition alongside allowing me to fully amerce myself in the sport.


Nikita nefedov

My name is Nikita Nefedov and I am a master’s student in Public Opinion and Politics. During my five years being part of an Essex family, I actively participated in its life. Beginning with a participation in different sports teams and going to organisation and leading of charity fundraising and voluntary campaigns as a Russian society president, I have personally felt all aspects of being part of Essex family.

I found Horse Polo as a passion for my soul and a great sport challenge for my personality. It is something that becomes a part of your life and every facet of a Polo and horse riding, in general, acquires shape of happiness. Taking part in a horse Polo competition is an event, which will stay in my memory for the rest of the life. And I am really looking forward to taking part in a National University Competition.

Kind regards,

Nikita N.


what will we spend the funds on? 

Below we've have provided a price breakdown per person for the tournament:

  • SUPA Membership: £55
  • Entry fee: £55
  • Airbnb x 4 nights: £80
  • Petrol: £25
  • Awards Ceremony: £10
  • Polo Kit: £55
  • Intensive Training Course (before the tournament): £100
  • Horse Hire: £220

Total cost per person is £600

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Thank you!