Barbados to compete in revamped World Polo Series: Barbados-based Jodie Kidd in Birmingham for assisting contest


The sport's new 'Twenty20' rules - more teams, fewer players per team, smaller pitches and mixed teams - are designed to produce more speed, more goals and more spectator interaction.

Barbados is to be one of the teams involved in a watered-down version of Chukkas, similar to the Twenty20 match for cricket, which Jodie Kidd and her brother Jack (Yes, the same Kidds with the Holders Festival) have been flogging in Britain, it’s called “Polo In The Park.”

More teams, less players and increasing crowd interaction is the goal of the revised game set for a mere three months away;-

The World Polo Series will be a succession of Polo In The Park events in a central location of six major cities worldwide, with a team from each participating country playing in the tournament; London, New York, Moscow, Barbados, Geneva, Milan, Durban and Sydney.”

The mini-chukkas start in London, but rove like the Antiques Roadshow;-

The World Polo Series’ Polo In The Park takes place at Hurlingham Park in London in June, but in the lead-up to the tournament, a roadshow will be making its way around Britain to increase the sport’s appeal.

The roadshow is due to visit Birmingham in April to teach would-be polo enthusiasts about the merits and magic of the match.

Since 2007, more than half of all new polo players in the UK are women. As the sport opens up to a wider audience, schoolchildren are also being encouraged to give it a go.”

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