Three pupils from Christowe - Gus Roberts, Denis Antonov and Ed Walker - organised the Christowe Charity Polo Day last Sunday at Longdole Polo Club. It was the first fundraising event for Christowe's House charity for the year, WellChild, a locally based charity that works to provide care for seriously ill children in their own homes rather than hospitals and hospices. They have raised £750 so far.
Four polo teams from Marlborough College, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham College and the three boys themselves representing Christowe provided excellent sport all afternoon with the College team of Ben Kinsman, Charlie Turk and Monte Swain Grainger narrowly beating the Christowe boys in a tense and exciting final.
Monte Swain Grainger was awarded the medal for ‘Most Valuable Player’ and Ed Walker's pony Dubious won the Polo Times ‘Best Playing Pony’ rug.
Further entertainment was enjoyed with an electric bicycle polo tournament fought between the Christowe year groups with the Fourth Form coming out on top.
The highlight of the afternoon had to be the teachers’ chukka. Dr Mallard, Mr Mace, Mr Freedman and Mr Wilson had barely ridden before but were brave enough to give polo a go. With the help of Denis, Gus and Ed they proved to be great sports with vociferous support from the spectators.
Despite the challenging weather, it was a fabulous afternoon helped along by College parents, Ed Walker's father provided hilarious commentary, Charlie Turk's mother provided top-notch medical cover and Gus Robert's father, some awesome team shirts. So many families and friends came along to enjoy the sport and to support WellChild, and our thanks go to those involved.