Guards Polo Club is to throw open its non-playing membership to the general public for the first time, in a move which could almost double the number of its members.

Until this year, applicants had to be proposed and seconded, as at many polo clubs. This season, however, people with no connection to the club can apply for membership, priced at £225 per year, plus a one-off joining fee of £150, subject to attending an interview.

About 500 new members can be accommodated, and the income generated may help towards a new clubhouse, designed by the Prince of Wales, to replace theexisting one.

The 48-year-old club in Windsor Great Park has around 600 non-playing members, who can bring up to three guests to any of the season’s 400 matches, with priority stand seats for the Hildon Queen’s Cup final and International Day.

Other benefits include discounts on ticketed events, use of clubhouse facilities and invitations to events and receptions.

The new policy does not apply to full playing membership, which, standing at 115, is closed and full – and, of course, more than 15 times the price.

For further details contact Louise Richardson (tel: 01784 434212) or visit: www.guardspoloclub.com

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