Chestertons Polo in the Park will host the first International match at Hurlingham Park since 1939, this June.
The history-making match will take place on the evening of Friday 5 June, the first day of the three-day event.
The game was officially sanctioned by Hurlingham Polo Association before being confirmed and marks the return of International polo to its spiritual home; where the rules of game were originally formalised in 1875.
Chestertons Polo in the Park started seven years ago in South West London, bringing the sport’s finest into the heart of the city. The popular event fast became a must on the summer sporting calendar, with a host of social activities taking place on site across the weekend.
“We have been working hard on having an England International at Chestertons Polo in the Park for a long time and I am so thrilled that we have finally managed to achieve it,” said Rory Heron, Managing Director of Chestertons Polo in the Park.
“It is fantastic to give so many people, who wouldn’t normally get the chance, the opportunity to watch world class polo right on their doorstep. We have scheduled the match to take place on Friday evening so that people can come and cheer on England straight from work.”
Polo ceased at Hurlingham Park at the start of World War II, when the pitches were used as army quarters and allotments. After the war, the polo fields were acquired by London County Council and developed into new housing and a public sports ground which is still used today. The sports ground is now where Chestertons Polo in the Park takes place with support from the local council, whereby the polo event funds much of the park’s facilities.