The minister for sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, was on hand to present the prizes at a polocrosse tournament in Kent last weekend.

The UK polocrosse team was warming up for this summer’s Polocrosse World Cup at the tournament in Goudhurst on 28-29 May.

Mr Robertson, who lives in Kent, visited the tournament after the Kent Target Polocrosse Club invited him following an interview in H&H where he spoke of the need of equestrian sports to involve fathers and husbands more (H&H 7 April).

Penny Webb of Kent Target Polocrosse Club said: “We invited Hugh because polocrosse is such a wonderful family sport, with parents and children often playing on the same team. It was great that he could come along and it really added something to the event to have such an important guest.”

Mr Robertson said he had “a great time” watching the UK team in action.

“Polocrosse is such an exciting sport to watch, and I wish the team all the best in their World Cup campaign in July,” he added.

The World Cup will take place at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre in Warwickshire on 8-17 July — the first time the competition has been held outside of Australia.

And on 4-5 June the UK team will face Ireland at the Northern Racing College in Bawtry as both countries finalise their preparations for the World Cup.

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