Last weekend the sixth annual Asahi British Beach Polo Championship took place at Sandbanks Beach, Britain’s “Monaco” of the South Coast. Over two days, the polo teams England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales came together and competed for the title in four exciting matches. Team England with Charlie Wooldridge (+3), Roy Prisk (+3) as well as Jack Kidd (+5) and Jamie Morrison (+5) came off as winners. In the evening a spectacular floodlit match took place. Here team Beau Design with Emma Lloyd (+1), Tim Vaux (+3) and Harold Hodges (+3) defeated team Project Kudos with Aaron Shepherd (0), Oliver Brown (+3) and Roddy Williams (+6).

The Oakley International Beach Volleyball series between England and Scotland saw Olympic athletes perform in front of the largest audience since last year’s games. In addition to the hotly anticipated polo and volleyball, The Asahi British Beach Polo Championship also featured the Charity Audi Q7 V Polo Pony Race, ‘Have a Go’ polo sessions, beach fashion shows and the Beach Retail Village.

This year the event proudly supported Variety, the children’s charity. Celebrity guests included Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud), Gemma Merna (Hollyoaks), Ray Quinn (X Factor and Dancing on Ice), Stephen Bowman (Blake), Emma Crosby (Newsreader) and Debra Stephenson (Impressionist/Comedienne). Celebrity guests were hosted by Caroline Monk who coincidentally won the ‘Best Dressed’ award selected by Gemma Merna and Stephen Bowman. After the sport finished the beach became the most unique venue for the polo after parties.


The teams:
England / Amika (+11)
Charlie Wooldridge (+3)
Roy Prisk (+3)
Jack Kidd / Jamie Morrison (+5)

Ireland / Asahi (+7)
Lloyd Jones (+1)
Aurora Eastwood (+3)
Sean Wilson-Smith (+3)

Wales / Clogau (+9)
Ricky Cooper (0)
Roddy Matthews (+4)
Seb Dawnay (+5)

Scotland / Life Magazines (+11)
Martin Young (+2)
Sebastian Alexander (+4)
Adolfo Casabal (+5)

Beau Design (+7)
Emma Lloyd (+1)
Tim Vaux (+3)
Harold Hodges (+3)

Project Kudos (+9)
Aaron Shepherd (0)
Oliver Brown (+3)
Roddy Williams (+6)