by Singapore Polo Club
What is an atom? According to the Oxford English dictionary, atoms are basic units of matter and the defining structure of elements. The term came from the Greek word for indivisible, because it was once thought that atoms were the smallest things in the universe and could not be divided.
Some might ask us, “Why ATOMS?” It might seem abstract, but the above definition probably goes some way to explaining the name and the concept. The academy has an innovative programme which will take things back to the absolute basics, to be used as the building blocks to create outstanding, well-rounded players. Added to that it is open to the smallest of the small, starting with kids from the tender age of 5 years old and up.
Conceived in pre-pandemic times, ATOMS is a pioneering new chapter of polo for anyone wanting to learn this exhilarating game, paving the way for novice players and polo pros in the making to not only fine tune their skills but realize their full polo potential. For beginners, the programme follows a 12-week cycle, beginning with an introduction to polo and going through three levels of a similar length to prepare players to eventually take the polo test and gain a handicap. For more experienced players, there is a fast track to the ATOMS Elite programme, where advanced players will jump forward to competitive chukkers and matches on the outdoor grass field.
The great thing about the programme is that you don’t have to be a member of the polo club to take that first step. Therefore, for the beginner player, it enables you to “try before you buy,” so you can undertake the 12-week introduction as a trial with no obligation to go forward further, unless you absolutely enjoyed the experience and want to seriously commit to the game.
Whether you have never sat on a horse before or are an experienced rider, ATOMS is the place for you. It caters to everyone from ages of five to 50, teaching you the ropes of the galloping game. Our team of certified international instructors will be there to guide you through your paces, starting off with the basics of learning to ride for polo and progressing to hitting a ball before you know it.
The ATOMS Polo Academy has the first and only programme of its kind in Singapore, and will be a Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) accredited course. Established in 1876, the HPA is the governing body for polo in the UK, Ireland and many other affiliated countries around the globe. The most prestigious polo association in the world, it was responsible for the creation of the original regulations and rules under which the game is now played.
As an added bonus, students of the ATOMS Polo Academy will also have the opportunity to take their passion for the game beyond Singapore and experience what it’s like to play in the UK, the United States, Jamaica, and many other exciting destinations around the world through our network of affiliated clubs and polo academies.
Aside from lessons, the younger kids will also have exclusive access to the ATOMS Club Room. The Graffiti “Kid Zone” will include a 55-inch TV, PS4, Foosball table, board games, and a novel library where students can borrow and exchange real books as well as snacks and drinks for purchase. Students can relax here as they wait for their lesson to begin or while waiting to be picked up after. It’s a great space to be social with other students and make new friends off the field. For the artists in our midst, the graffiti wall next to the Club Room is there for everyone to make their mark with a can of spray paint if they so desire. Students will also have access to the rest of the Singapore Polo Club facilities.
Another innovative feature of this programme, which is open to polo club members, is the horse Quarter Lease option — a cost effective way to participate in the programme while “owning” a horse without the financial implications. Some might call this an equestrian “time-share.” This gives students the opportunity to bond with a particular horse, thus giving them confidence as they ride the same horse each time they come to the club for a lesson.
Come join us, and we will make a polo player of you.
To book your first lesson, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +65 6854 3955. For further information, check out www.atomspoloacademy.com