The Venue: Rugby town centre.
The Participants: 50 brave local souls.
The Sport: Polo
And not a horse in sight.
No, the entire town wasn’t hallucinating or playing an elaborate game of make believe; rather they were trying their hand at Segway Polo – an old sport with a new twist. The Segway polo demonstration, which took place as part of Love Rugby Town 1st Thursdays initiative, was held to promote the International Segway Polo Tournament being held at Rugby College on April 19.
Oxygen Graphics is a proud sponsor of the 2015 International Segway Polo Tournament. The Rugby-based design team provided the logo, banners, invitations, posters and other promotional material.
“We wanted to sponsor this event because of the message the sport conveys,” said Malcolm Freeman, Oxygen Graphics owner. “It’s a fun and interesting all-inclusive event. It’s a sport of equals. It’s open to everyone – young, old – all abilities. That was important to us.”
Other local sponsors include Brownsover Hall Hotel, acting as the main hotel sponsor of the event, Rugby FM, official media partner and the Rugby Round Table, who are providing day-of volunteers.
So far sixteen teams from around the world will compete in the UK’s first international Segway polo tournament, with five of those teams from the UK. Other countries participating include Barbados, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
“The crowd at the March 5 inaugural 1st Thursdays event really enjoyed the Segway polo display,” Malcolm Freeman said. “Based on their interest at the demonstration, I can imagine the turnout at the actual tournament is going to be high.”