Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Companies 'selling' Bike Polo Experiences
Yesterday I received a dozen or so worried emails when a Amazon deals voucher got mailed out with a 'bike polo experience' offer for £38, down from £75. On further research this site was emailed to me: http://www.bikepolo.co.uk/ and then I was sent the organiser's contact details. I called him up to find out why he had decided to charge for bike polo in London when he had never been part of the polo community, was not putting anything back into the sport and clearly had no idea about the rules, safety or structure of our sport. He really didn't care about any of this and basically told me that the London Association can do nothing about it. Now, I know he's charging people for our sport which is atrocious but what is worse is that the company is completely misrepresenting us, playing on the wrong bikes, no safety equipment and even using our courts. If someone gets seriously hurt, the repercussions could be awful. It seems he has purposely avoided contacting the LHBPA and gone to mallet distributors directly to get equipment, otherwise we could have advised on how best to teach bike polo - like we have with many local authorities, schools and sports coaches.
This is a London issue at the moment but ultimately it could affect the whole UK by forcing our sport to be regulated by a body that is not ourselves. It really pushes the need for us to be a recognised sport in my mind (but that's just my opinion).
I have tried to remain professional throughout my contact with these people so please don't contact them sounding off but I would like you to check out their website and give me your thoughts on our best way of dealing with this: http://www.bikepolo.co.uk/