Ascot Park Polo Club actively promotes women's polo. It is the home of the International Women's Polo Association (IWPA) which it sponsors and provides financial supports. Women are very active in all areas of the club and we are very happy to welcome more women to our ranks. Currently:-
50% of students learning polo are women
35% of the total playing membership of the Club are women
Following its initial conception in 1989 and its formal UK launch in April 1997, the IWPA now has representatives in 33 countries worldwide and is involved in the organisation of 10 International tournaments. The Association's main sponsor is the Ascot Park Polo Club which supports its Founder and Chairman, Pippa Gillard (née Grace) and funds the Association's administrative costs.
The Association assists with the International development of the growing number of women players. It aims are to:
Increase the number of new women players through the identification of international playing opportunities and scholarships.
Encourage the provision of facilities for female players at clubs around the world.
Increase the level of sponsorship and financial support directed towards women's polo and its players.
Promote the use of female Professional Players.
Encourage the development of National Women's Polo Development Committees.
The IWPA creates opportunities for women at clubs throughout the world and in particular at its home base, the Ascot Park Polo Club were both the UK National Women's Polo Tournament and the Women's World Polo Championships are hosted.
Ladies Chukkas are held every Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. In addition, the IWPA organises its annual subsidised National Ladies Training Day at the Club.