Among the many great things about St Andrews are the beaches – perfect for surfing, cleansing ourselves of sins (academic or otherwise) and this year, put on by the Polo Team, Beach Chukkas.
A chukka is a subdivision of a polo match, a sort of mini game that lasts seven and a half minutes with three players per side; usually four when played on the beach.
The event will take place on 23 February, when St Andrews will face off against Warwick.
The Polo Team, built around Tom Bell, has done well for itself, with two novice teams doing very well in tournaments in Edinburgh last November, placing first and second in their leagues.
“Warwick is a very strong team, they have good horses, good coaches, but for a smaller uni, we punch above our weight level,” explained team captain Charlie Campbell.
The event will not be ticketed and is free for anyone who might be interested in watching a bit of polo.
“We’re trying to undo the image of polo as this inaccessible sport,” Hugh Halsey, President of the club, explained.
And people do indeed seem interested. Benjamin Calmas, Committee Rep, said that there are about 400 people who have expressed interest in the event on Facebook. It is a great way to spend a St Andrews afternoon on the beach!