PoloWeekly sat down with Chris Kiesel, manager and instructor at Polo Club Bern in Wichtrach Switzerland. Chris shared everything you need to know if you are considering taking up polo in Switzerland!
Can you give us a brief background on Polo Club Bern and what makes your club special?
Polo Bern in this form exists somewhat 12 years, Mr Jobst Wagner, enthusiastic polo player himself, is and has been the president of the Club for many years! We are 20 active members at the moment and growing! Will be moving to our new yard, infrastructure, that we have been working on for the last 8 years, in two weeks!
The location is impressive with view on to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (Swiss Alpes) with the beautiful River Aare near by! The structure of Group lessons is pretty unique where you not only work on your personal skills but furthermore get to understand the game, positions and movements on the field, I believe, way faster! We are a small but fun and friendly Club that is still run very professional!
What are some of the most important tournaments that you host throughout the year?
We organize 3 Fun Cups throughout the season, where we adapt the rules a little to get everyone playing, guests very welcome! Entry only as individual Players and Teams get mixed up to get very equal teams and the chance to play with other people! Our main Event is the Berner Polo Trophy that is usually held last weekend of June first Weekend July! Teams from outside very welcome to enter!
Can members from international clubs come and participate in the tournaments?
Yes. All are open to the guests. We had visiting players from all over the world. England, France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, HongKong, Kazakhstan, Russia, Australia, Argentina, India, Sweden, Hungary, USA.
What kind of other tournaments do your members participate in, do any of your members travel to play?
Our members play mainly here in Switzerland, Germany but as well sometimes in France and elsewhere.
Are you seeing a lot of new interest in polo in Switzerland?
A lot is maybe overdoing it a bit but think it is picking up a little again, but definitely ladies polo is getting bigger and bigger!
If someone is interested in coming and taking lessons at Polo Club Bern, what is the best way for them to get started?
The best way to get started at our club is to give me a call or drop me a mail, usually start off with private lessons but try to get people that are interested into a weekly group, if really keen they should do both as that way they improve a lot! We have a couple of really nice school horses to rent to start with, and can be rented for games and tournaments as well. All of the information can be found on our web site www.polobern.ch.