Television cameras in Rugby for build-up to UK’s first international tournament
On hearing about the UK’s first ever Segway Polo tournament, BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell visited Rugby College on Monday to find out more - and his feature will be televised on BBC1 tomorrow morning (Saturday, April 4).
Players present during the filming included members of Team GB including Mark Weller, Drew Bickell, Penny Werth and April Baron-Harrison; members of Team England - Dave Billany, Nathan Angell and Simon Angell; key sponsor of the tournament, Malcolm Freeman, MD of Oxygen Graphics; and professional polo players Phil Baker and ‘Face of British Polo’ Karl Ude-Martinez.
Coaching Mike Bushell was Mark Weller, Team GB Captain and Founder of UK Segway Polo, who said: “Bushell demonstrated how straightforward the sport Segway Polo is - it took him just moments to get the hang of and by the end of the afternoon was scoring more goals than even some of the polo players! I’m looking forward to putting a league together imminently, so am inviting interested parties to get in touch – the more people who play, the better the league.”
Mike Bushell of BBC Breakfast, said: “Rarely have I enjoyed a sport quite so much so quickly and Segway Polo is one to watch. It’s one where those of any fitness level can take part, making it suitable for various purposes such as recreational hobbies, corporate team building days or group parties.
“It’s also one in which players can excel relatively quickly and with little experience, whilst it won’t break the bank. This really is a sport of equals.”
Bushell’s record of trialling over 400 sports including Footgolf and Rush Hockey has now enjoyed a new addition to his portfolio with this latest sport on the field. Although a fledgling sport in the UK, Segway Polo is experiencing growing popularity and enthusiasts are very pleased Mike Bushell has given his stamp of approval.
Since its introduction into the UK in 2014, this will be Segway Polo’s first ever national broadcast. This will also mark the beginning of the two week countdown to the first ever International Segway Polo Tournament in the UK, taking place at Rugby College on Sunday, April 19 from 12noon-5.30pm.