You’ve heard of polo, right?
No not the refreshing white mint! We’re talking about the team sport played on horseback, where riders try and score by driving a small white ball into their opponents’ net using long-handled mallets. Know the one?
Well, there have been many variations of the sport over the years. The US invented auto polo, where (as you can probably guess) four wheels take the place of four legs, as players buckle-up and ride around in cars. Then there’s cycle polo, motorbike polo, elephant polo (played in South Asia), and yak polo (played in Mongolia)!
But there’s one more take on traditional polo that we’ve so far failed to mention and this one definitely gets our vote: Segway polo!
We scoured the web (thanks a lot, Wiki!) and found some facts and stats on the sport…
- Origin: The US
- Rules: Adapted from a mix of bicycle and horse polo
- Regulation field size: 61 metres x 39 metres
- Goal size: 2.4 metres wide x 1.5 metres high
- Match duration: 4 x 8-minute quarters, known in polo as “chukkers”
- Countries played: Inc. US, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Barbados, Lebanon
- Established in the UK: 2014
- Official governing body: The International Segway Polo Association (ISPA)
- World championship: The Woz Challenge Cup
- Our fave fact: The 2017 Woz Cup will be played in London this year, from 27 July to 30 July!
We bet you’re hoping that Segway polo comes up as a category in the next pub quiz, right? We sure are! In the meantime, how would you like to have a go on a Segway yourself?
In many of our locations across the UK, you can choose to embark on a Forest Segway Experience! You won’t be able to play any polo (sorry), but you will be able to get off the beaten track for an hour’s worth of exploration with your tribe.
Actually, thinking about it, you could always invent your own game of forest polo if you like pick up a long stick to use as a mallet, and a pine cone as your ball. But Segway-ing does require your undivided attention, and we wouldn’t want any passers-by to be struck be an airborne pine cone – ouch!
Segways are a great alternative to walking, running or biking the trails. They’re a chance to put your feet up and enjoy a leisurely cruise weaving in and out of the trees as you go!
A Forest Segway Experience costs just for 60 minutes and includes a safety demo, practice session (so you can master the art of balance), and a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the forest. When your adventure is over and you roll back to base, you’ll receive a certificate as a memento that you can stick on the fridge.
Who knows, you might enjoy a Forest Segway Experience so much, you’ll want to find out if there are any local Segway polo teams in your area!
If you plan on rolling with us, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. We hope to see you in the forest very soon!