The Indian Polo Association hosted an intensive player development programme for over 50 Indian players throughout September. The course was developed for the Indian Polo Association by International Polo Academy (IPA) and sponsored by Jindal Panther TMT Rebars, owned by Indian polo patron Naveen Jindal. The main course was hosted at the country’s elite equestrian centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Participants included some of India’s top national team players as well as beginners who had previously had little exposure to quality coaching. The course was delivered by International Polo Academy’s team of high level coaches and specialists and supported by a number of key partners such as world leaders in video analysis Dartfish and polo filming company PoloCam.
The course consisted of several parts and included a rigorous assessment process using Dartfish technology and as well as a part which focussed on every element of the player’s game – from the basic horsemanship skills to on-field performance. As is standard with all IPA courses, players were given access to Olympic level strength and Conditioning programs, but also given an insight into mental preparation and performance psychology by IPA Sports Psychologist and IPA Program Director Miranda Banks.
India Polo Association’s Colonel Navjit Sandhu: “Indian Polo Association has taken initiative to expose our players to quality training techniques and consistent with the methods employed internationally. In this endeavour we hope to reach a standard of play as acceptable in the international arena. Towards the end this initiative has been outstanding.”
Leading Argentine coach Eduardo Amaya was also amongst the coaching team: “We’ve seen enormous potential here with some genuine talent on show. I can see Indian polo making great strides in a short period of time. It is realistic that they can compete with the world’s leading polo countries.”
“Modern polo started in India. It’s our responsibility to take polo to new heights in India,” Said Naveen Jindal, Sponsor, leading Indian Patron and owner of Panther TMT Rebars.
Faiz Siddiqui (+2), who attended and also participated as an Assistant Indian Coach as part of the course legacy program said: “These 10 days were the best invested 10 days of my polo career.”
Irish coach, Eddie Kennedy who is based at Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in the UK said: “There is definitely a wealth of talent here in India. India has such an old heritage for polo that it would be wonderful to see India making its make on the modern game.”