U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), in conjunction with its licensing partner in the United Kingdom, Brand Machine, announced it recently served as Official Apparel and Team Sponsor for the Outsourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup. Held at Flemish Farm, Guards Polo Club in Windsor on July 9, the day included several games featuring His Royal Highness, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge who was team captain for the U.S. Polo Assn. Team. The other teams competing in the event included BP Medical and Thomas Goode. The Duke of Cambridge played extremely well highlighting his athleticism and teamwork on the field as he led the U.S. Polo Assn. Team to a strong showing on the day.
U.S. Polo Assn. was honored to create custom-designed performance jerseys for all participating polo players, umpires and flaggers as well as special event caps for attendees. The annual event raised funds and global awareness for a number of important charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge including: Centrepoint, EACH, Family Action, Fields in Trust, Forward Trust, London Air Ambulance, Mountain Rescue & England & Wales, and Tusk.
“For the Duke of Cambridge to captain the U.S. Polo Assn. Team and for us to serve again as Official Apparel sponsor partnering with the Outsourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup was truly an honor,” said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “Our brand is very proud of our global philanthropic efforts through events such as these featuring the sport of polo while also benefitting important charitable causes that positively impact so many lives around the world.”
Guards Polo Club, where the event took place, is considered one of the largest and most important clubs in Europe in terms of membership and number of grounds as well as one of only four polo clubs in the United Kingdom that stage elite high goal tournaments. Located within the Great Park at Windsor, the Club celebrates more than six decades of premier polo in the outstanding natural surroundings of Smith’s lawn. Founded in 1955 as the Household Brigade Polo Club, with His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as President, the name was changed to the Guards Polo Club in 1969. At Flemish Farms, further into the Great Park at Windsor, Guards Polo Club has 120 stables and two additional polo fields with a spectacular backdrop of Windsor Castle.