Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Special WHD feature - Polo For Heroes - Danny speaks to Steve Collins


Today on West Herts Drivetime, Danny Smith went toe-to-two with the man known as 'The Celtic Warrior' – former WBO World Middleweight boxer champion – Steve Collins!

This was of course, all in a good cause as Danny spoke with Steve (who will be the captain of a team) for St Albans Polo Club about their forthcoming charity event – Polo for Heroes – which is being held at St Albans Polo Club on Saturday 23rd July.

The idea for Polo for Heroes, was hatched between Tristan Welch head chef of Launceston Place and one of Britain’s rising stars, polo fanatic Clare Dingwall and members of St Albans Polo Club when they all met at the highly successful ‘Chef’s for Heroes’ fundraising event last year.

The aim is to raise money for ‘Help for Heroes’, a charity that supports members of Britain’s Armed Forces who have been wounded serving their country.

Polo is a supreme test of horse and rider and requires nerve and skill to drive a small white ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long wooden mallet. For spectators it’s a fun, buzzy and hugely exciting experience watching two teams of four players contesting chukkas at high speeds across a wide, open space. Polo is not an elite sport – far from it. It’s open to everyone, both as participants and spectators and attracts people from all walks of life. If you don’t know the rules of polo, don’t worry, everything will be explained.

Spectators will be treated to thrilling edge-of-the-seat action as teams, which include celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment take on the might of the military polo teams – a real clash of the Titans!

Doors open at 1pm, with the polo tournament taking place mid-afternoon, dinner served early evening and carriages at midnight. VIP guests will enjoy a champagne reception and a three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Tristan Welch, which includes a glass of wine.

There will also be an auction and a raffle followed by an evening of entertainment.

All this for just £100 per person, so why not get a group of family and friends together and book a table of 10? Alternatively, come along on the day to enjoy the polo and bring a picnic or take advantage of our onsite catering stalls. Entrance payable on the gate at £5 per person.

Contact Clare Dingwall at www.poloforheroes.co.uk to secure your place at this fabulous, worthy event.

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