Since capturing a record 3rd consecutive WOZ Challenge Cup – Segway Polo World Championship in Sweden earlier
this year, the Segway Polo Club of Barbados (SPCB) has seen an increase in interest in the sport on the local scene.
This is the news coming out of the SPCB, which has been working diligently to recruit and train new players. According to president and head coach, Nevin Roach, the club has adopted a new approach towards recruitment, which saw the club partnering with the Academy of Sport, Cave Hill to deliver a free Segway Polo programme to the UWI community.
Roach adds that in the past, new players would be allowed up to 3 free sessions before having to pay a nominal fee for practice sessions, a structure that the SPCB president believes is somewhat of a deterrent to some people who might be interested.
However, he reports that although initially the first session of the UWI programme saw only 2 new players the numbers have consistently grown to about 20 to date. Roach is elated at this accomplishment and has stated that “as a club, we have been waiting a very long time for this, to have in excess of 14 players at practice regularly is a dream come through and most importantly, the new players have been absolutely enjoying it. It’s really a good time for the sport at the moment and local companies have also been showing some interest in Segway Polo as a team bonding activity for employees.”
Swim coach and law student Kyle McEachnie, who has been recently recruited, stated that the level of difficulty he
initially anticipated was laid to rest after his first session, as he found that the game was not as difficult as it seemed. He added that “it’s fun! It’s different from traditional sports and I also love the fact that any and everyone can play regardless of their fitness level. I improve with each session and hope to be able to play in the Barbados Cup next year May.”
The SPCB has also been working very closely with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), from which it has received numerous opportunities to introduce European visitors to the developing sport as a tourist activity, as well as maintaining a good relationship with the Royal Barbados Police Force through equipment support and training.