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Segway polo? What you need to know

UK Segway Polo

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?

Forest Segway Wood

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!

Segway polo: the next big thing?

UK Segway Polo

Go Ape Segway ExperienceFirst and foremost, Go Ape is a specialist in sky-high adventures. But, we also offer forest adventures with a down-to-earth twist, courtesy of our all-terrain, self-balancing Segways.

After soaking-up the sights of the forest from way up high, what better way to continue your Go Ape adventure than by swapping two legs for two wheels to cruise the forest floor? A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience lasts around an hour and includes a safety demo, practice session, and a totally unforgettable forest trail experience.

Segways are a great way to explore the forest and offer a fun alternative to cycling or walking! Plus, rolling around can be a real relaxing experience, so long as you’re able to navigate your way through the trees whilst staying upright. But, aside from being your forest tour guides, do Segways have another purpose?

Enter Segway Polo. Tipped (by us) to be the next big thing in the sporting world, Segway Polo is exactly what it says on the tin: polo, played on Segways instead of horseback (or on bicycles, which is another popular variation of the sport).

They might not say ‘neigh’ and they don’t come with reins, but Segways most certainly do have horsepower! Similar to riding a horse, the rider must be able to tame the beast – a tricky task when they’re simultaneously trying to thwack a ball into a goal with a mallet!

How did it all come about?

We have our friends across the pond to thank for Segway Polo. It all started not so long ago in 2003, when a version of the sport was played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at a Minnesota Vikings halftime show.

It was only really a year later when Segway Polo started to become popular, after members of the Bay Area Segway Enthusiasts Group (SEG) tried out the sport, fell in love with it, and developed it further.

Fast forward to today and there are European and international Polo Segway Championships and teams in countries across the globe, from Germany to Barbados; and from Sweden to New Zealand. The UK joined in 2014 with its own team and hosted its first-ever international tournament in April last year, with Germany’s Balver Mammuts taking the trophy.

Now a well-recognised sport, the International Segway Polo Association (ISPA) has been established as the official governing body.

Fun for everyone

As the UK Segway Polo website explains, Segway Polo is a ‘sport of equals’ – it doesn’t matter how fit you are, how old you are (within reason), or how much experience you have in playing Polo or other sports. All you need to know is the rules of the game, and all you need to do is master the arts of balance and control! (You could always get some practise in at Go Ape first!).

Now we know all about Segway Polo, we’re itching to give it a shot. We’re just wondering whether the forest floor would make a suitable pitch…