The Coronation Cup is Moving.
The Coronation Cup date has been confirmed along with a change of venue. The Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), Stephen Hutchinson, has announced that the date for the 2018 Coronation Cup will be Saturday 28th July, with the event moving venue from Guards to the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.
In July last year the HPA signed a 5 year agreement with Flannels regarding their wide ranging support of English Polo; from the grass roots where it all begins, through the British Junior Polo Championships and the young England games, to the England Ladies and national England team when it plays for the Coronation or Westchester Cup. The HPA are now in the process of signing an agreement with the Royal Berkshire which will provide a hub for English polo. As well as providing grounds for the HPA, the Royal Berkshire will also in due course be providing a venue for meetings, seminars and coaching.
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Royal Berkshire to hold next year’s Coronation Cup at the club. It is a great location with excellent facilities and we have been watching with great interest the investment that the club has been making in their grounds over the last 4 years. The Royal Berkshire has much to offer and the move will assist in re-invigorating this most important and classic event in our polo calendar.” said Stephen Hutchinson.
“We have had an excellent relationship over many years with Guards Polo Club and they have been a great partner in staging truly memorable Coronation Cup events, however we are keenly aware of the need to embrace change, for our players, spectators and sponsors. We have been listening to what each of these parties has to say on the future of polo and we are developing and implementing strategies which will endeavour to meet their aspirations while still providing a sustainable future for the game and honouring the considerable history and tradition associated with it. We are looking forward to and have already commenced discussions with Guards regarding innovative projects on which we will be working together in the future.”
Jamie Morrison, Chairman of the Royal Berkshire welcomed the decision saying, “We are honoured that what has historically been one of the most prestigious and historic events of the polo year is coming to our club. Innovation has been at our core since our inception and, as those who follow polo will know, we have never been afraid to try new things. So we are really looking forward to working more closely with the HPA seeing what we can bring to the Coronation Cup for all those involved.”