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Horse riders in the north west will soon be able to take up polocrosse as a new centre is opening on their doorsteps.

Mobberley Riding School in Knutsford is opening Cheshire’s first polocrosse centre.

Polocrosse, played on horseback, is a combination of polo and lacrosse. Each player has a stick with a raquet head with a loose net attached — and the aim is to score goals by throwing the sponge rubber ball between the opponent’s goal posts.

The launch of the new centre will be marked on Monday 6 April with an open day.

On the day there will be advice and tuition available from players and coaches from Celyn Polocrossse Club in North Wales — whose members have played on Welsh and UK national teams.

Sarah Diggle, Mobberley Riding School manager, said: “We already have our own polocrosse team but we want to offer the opportunity for more horse riders to enjoy what is an exciting, fun, competitive horse sport at a grassroots level.

“By basing the Cheshire Polocrosse Centre here we will be filling a huge geographical hole in the sport’s growing national network. We really want people to come and have a go which is what the open day is all about.”

Mounted and on foot coaching will be available on the day for riders aged 8 and over.

For more information tel: 01565 873123