Scotland may not be the first country that springs to mind when you think of polo but students from St Andrews University were undeterred. Since beginning their small, university-level event in 2014, the Tournament has now grown and this is the first year that the tournament is hosting international teams. As well as teams from all over the UK, there are teams from Australia and the United States playing in the tournament on Saturday 27 April at the Errol Park Estate in Perthshire, All funds raised will be donated to Help for Heroes – since the start of the tournament £36,000 has been donated to the charity.
Supporting Scottish food makers is an important part of the tournament – street food vendors popping up at the event include The Cheesy Toast Shack, previously featured on Avocado Sweet, and normally pitched on Kingsbarns beach, has won Street Vendor of the Year and were finalists in the best of Scottish Street Food. Ròst Eats and Barnacles & Bones, both of whom are regulars at The Pitt street food market in Edinburgh, will also be there.
And, with over 2000 attendees St Andrews is the largest polo tournament in Scotland and one the students can be proud of. As for the national reputation, Scotland can give Argentina a run for their money when it comes to steak but the polo might take just a bit longer.