Learn to play polo with Steve Thompson. Lessons available in the UK and Europe for Summer Polo Season or virtually online to suit any polo season.

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Hi everyone,
i’m Steve Thompson!!

Having taught internationally for over 30 years I have always been passionately driven and highly motivated with all of my students to make them the best players they can possibly be. 


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I base my teaching on
2 key principles


Every polo pro has 2 arms 2 legs and a body and so do you, so why is it that they can do what they can and perhaps you can’t yet – But you are both using the same body mechanics?


No horse should feel stress or discomfort just because a human wants to play a sport or hit a ball.

Let’s face it , this sport is not cheap so surely it’s a great plan to first of all get your own personal skill sets sorted out and then you can take them to the pitch and be a contributory team player!

The alternative, is to be wearing the same coloured shirt as your team mates but the harsh reality is you will be a spectator on the pitch observing the game from your own personal speeding ‘furry sofa‘ likely contributing very little….harsh…but fair!

From private sessions , corporate groups , mentoring demonstrations and team building activities I have amassed a wealth of knowledge and understanding during my time as a coach.

People learn in different ways – some visually , technically or verbally for example and I always try to accommodate all learning types.

private sessions

Perfect for those wanting to build on their current skill sets

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Group sessions

Ideal for friends or team mates wanting to practice together

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Virtual sessions

Superb opportunity for the overseas players and those looking for a technical and visual approach to their learning.

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There are example videos and pictures on this site which will present specific techniques of shots.

There is also information about my best selling book How to Look Cool Whilst Learning Polo for those wanting a technical approach that they can read and absorb at their own rate.

In addition to this we are now able to offer unique virtual lessons at our new, purpose-built studio in the UK. And if you are local, or visiting the UK for the Summer season 2022 I will be based in the Windsor, Berkshire area for live one-on-one or group lessons and clubs visits (including Europe).

I look forward to meeting you …and I can’t wait to see you on the pitch …or the screen!

Best, Steve


Read my reviews on trip advisor

star rating  Are you a hobby polo player? Do you want to learn how to play polo? Do you like watching polo matches or mingle with the polo audience? Here is the... read more

September 7, 2018

star rating  Thanks so much to Steve and the team for a great introduction to polo. Amazing location, fantastic horses and expert tuition. I cannot recommend the academy highly enough!

April 14, 2018

star rating  Thank you Steve and Valerie for a fantastic experience at the Dubai Polo Academy. Having limited time in Dubai I booked morning and evening lessons with Steve, followed by Chukkas.... read more

November 17, 2017

star rating  Just spent an amazing few days at the Dubai Polo Academy. My husband loved the fast polo. The regular club members are really friendly and welcoming. My daughter and... read more

Frances B
December 29, 2016

star rating  Whether you're a complete Beginner or Advanced player looking to improve, I really can't recommend Dubai Polo Academy enough! Steve is an uncommonly gifted teacher who really understands how to... read more

December 7, 2016

star rating  Steve, Valérie, Lee and the team are just a fantastic group. I have three boys who started polo classes at DPA two years back and are now playing tournaments in... read more

October 7, 2016

How to look cool whilst learning polo

For those wanting a technical approach that they can read and absorb at their own rate.

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