SEGWAY POLO: Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams coming to watch the action

Mark Weller coaching the group to play Segway Polo   (pictures by Drew Bickell)
Mark Weller coaching the group to play Segway Polo (pictures by Drew Bickell)

Rugby to host UK’s first international tournament on Sunday

Anyone interested in seeing the sport of Segway Polo being played at its best should head down to Rugby College on Sunday afternoon from 12noon to 5.30pm.

The UK’s first international tournament is being staged in Rugby at the Technology Drive complex, with top players from all over the world.

In the build-up BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell had a go at the sport earlier this month to film one of his regular Saturday morning features about unusual sports.

He was shown the basics by Mark Weller, Team GB Captain and Founder of UK Segway Polo.

On Sunday, aside from the 11 international teams coming from Barbados, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Spain and Finland, including the current World Champions, the Stockholm Saints, there are also five British teams taking part, including one from the hit BBC technology series BBC Click; also Team GB, Team England, Cornwall Segway and Segway Events.

Also joining this historic occasion will be The Gadget Show with Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, also keen to watch the Segways in action.

Local dance group, Impact Dance Studio will be performing at 12.40pm. Their founder Hayley James said: “We’re delighted to have been asked to perform at this event and are looking forward to showing the spectators just what can be done with energy and enthusiasm. We also can’t wait to watch our first ever game of Segway Polo!”

Mark Weller, Coach & Founder of UK Segway Polo, said: “We’re pleased Impact could join us for the day, not simply because they’re an incredibly talented team of dancers, but because they share a common factor - they take a fair approach to recruiting new members, no matter what their level of ability or amount of experience.”

Admission is free and spectators can enjoy an action packed, fun filled afternoon of Segway matches, mini fun fair, face painting, Segway rides and shopping, whilst food and drink will also be on sale. Rugby FM’s Jason Moss and ‘Face of British Polo’ Karl Ude-Martinez will be commentating as the action unfolds on the pitches.