CHUKKA FOR CHANGE: SPORTS STARS TRY OUT POLO AHEAD OF LAUREUS KING POWER POLO CUP

  • A.P. McCoy, Victoria Pendleton and Jonathan Joseph learn about the sport of polo ahead of Laureus King Power Polo Cup on June 16
  • It's a privilege to be here today to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good’ – says A.P. McCoy
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LONDON, May 9, 2016 – Laureus Ambassadors and sporting legends A.P. McCoy and Victoria Pendleton were today joined by England and Bath Rugby star Jonathan Joseph in a learn-to-play polo session.

The three sports stars were given an insight into the fast-paced and exciting sport from King Power Foxes player Hugo Lewis, British Young Player of 2015. The event previewed the Laureus King Power Polo Cup, which takes place at Ham Polo Club on June 16. Last year, the King Power Foxes won both the Queen’s Cup and Gold Cup with ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha, Vice Chairman of Leicester City Football Club on the team.   

Laureus Ambassador and National Hunt record winning jockey A.P. McCoy, said: “It's a privilege to be here today to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good, something I’m passionate about. I’ve spent my life around horses and today was a great experience, it was enjoyable to learn about the sport of polo and the skill required to compete at the highest level. I think I chose the right career as a jockey though!

Fresh from her remarkable performance at Cheltenham, Laureus Ambassador Victoria Pendleton, enjoyed immersing herself in a new sporting environment. She said: “I’m always looking to set myself new goals and challenge myself so learning polo was fun for me! I know how important the work Laureus Sport for Good does and it’s an honour for me to be here to spread the message about the power sport has to improve the lives of young people around the world.

England and Bath Rugby star Jonathan Joseph said: “This is a bit of a change from my usual Monday training session but learning from Hugo about polo has been amazing. The people who play the sport are incredibly talented. Through rugby, I’m aware of the power sport can have to unite and inspire people around the world, and I hope people really get behind the Laureus King Power Polo Cup next month, to raise lots of money which will make a positive impact on the lives of young people.”

The Laureus King Power Polo Cup will see a Mercedes Benz AMG team take on the St Tropez Polo Club, as some of the world’s best polo players take part in an exhibition match in front of a star-studded audience to raise funds for Fundación Laureus Argentina.  

The Fundación Laureus Argentina was founded in 2003 by Academy Member and legendary rugby player, Hugo Porta. The Fundación is based in Buenos Aires and currently supports eight projects: Asociación Civil Mostrando Caminos; Club Deportivo Barracas (Mi Club Nuestro Lugar); Programa A Ganar; Fundacion El Desafio (Deporte Por La Vida); Proyecto Fatima (Fundación CUBA); Virreyes Hockey, Granja Andar and Fundacion Temas (Escuela de Boxeo).

Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people. The mission of Laureus Sport for Good is to use sport as a means to tackle some of the toughest social challenges facing young people today such as violence and crime, discrimination, unemployment and lack of education. 

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Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. Laureus is composed of three core elements - the Laureus World Sports Academy, Laureus Sport for Good and the Laureus World Sports Awards - which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport as the means to promote social change. The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela. At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, he said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” This has become the philosophy of Laureus; the driving force behind its work. The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy are: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Sergey Bubka, Cafu, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Yaping Deng, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, David Douillet, Rahul Dravid, Luis Figo, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick (Chairman), Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Häkkinen, Tony Hawk, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Mike Horn, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Tegla Loroupe, Dan Marino, Yao Ming, Edwin Moses, Nawal El Moutawakel, Li Na, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Alexey Nemov, Jack Nicklaus, Brian O’Driscoll, Alessandro Del Piero, Gary Player, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Carles Puyol, Raúl, Steve Redgrave, Vivian Richards, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz, Sachin Tendulkar, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt, Li Xiaopeng and Yang Yang. The Laureus Academy Members volunteer their services as global ambassadors for Laureus Sport for Good, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change. Laureus Sport for Good addresses social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people. The mission of Laureus Sport for Good is to use sport as a means to combat some of the toughest social challenges facing young people today such as violence and crime, discrimination, unemployment, lack of education and health threats including HIV/AIDS and obesity. The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year. The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury – 60 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today. The Awards are presented at an annual Awards Ceremony, attended by global figures from sport and entertainment, which is broadcast to 160 countries and territories. The Awards continue to support Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does with athletes and partners to transform the lives of individuals and promoting to a global audience the power of sport as a development tool to combat challenging social issues. Laureus was founded by its Patrons Richemont and Daimler and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen. Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz is the inventor of the automobile – and has been passionately shaping its future since 1886. As pioneers in automotive engineering, it is both our inspiration and responsibility to continue the tradition of the brand with trailblazing technologies and high-quality products. Like no other trademark in the automotive world, Mercedes-Benz appeals to both the hearts and minds of its customers. We give our very best for customers who expect the very best. Since the founding fathers Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, our corporate history has been one of innovation and pioneering achievements. Many technical innovations that are nowadays standard in automobiles first entered the market in a Mercedes-Benz. This is the basis for our claim to leadership in automotive engineering. The brand stands for Modern Luxury, and enjoys an outstanding reputation for quality, safety, comfort, design and comprehensive, sustainable mobility. IWC SchaffhausenWith a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people and maintains partnerships with organisations dedicated to climate and environmental protection.

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