Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
The EURO CAMP project
I have been thinking about organizing a polo event that would be accessible to a population that is too shy, inexperienced and mostly teamless for tournaments. Though I believe that a player's first tournament is a transformative experience that seals one's passion, it can be daunting, frustrating and demoralizing for fresh players.
This is why this event is oriented toward beginners with 3 days of camping and polo with friendly workshops given by experts (on subjects like bike control, ball control, court placement, goal tending, defense play etc, pick-up games), evening activities (footdown, knife fights, slaloms etc), and games with stat taking by the crew to track the player's improvements/weaknesses. The camp would end with a double elimination tournament for thrills.
The location is the Leipzig roller hockey court, which is ideally situated on the outskirts of town where we can be as loud as we wish, play at night (the court has lights) and camp right by. The court hosted the Peppermint tournament recently and it was absolutely amazing. There is a workbench and a kitchen, showers and restrooms, and at the time there was a big tent to shelter us from the rain. Unfortunately the place was completely flooded after the tournament and the loss the court owners took was consequent. We are hoping that if this camp is successful, it could generate a little relief fund for them and ensure that Leipzig keeps this great spot.
As of now, we have the idea, we have the location, we just need to fill in the details: organize food, find instructors, see how we can compensate them for their time, find the sponsors etc...
Would you be interested in giving a workshop ? What would you teach ? What would you like to see taught ? Or more generally what do you thinnk of the project ?