Glenpatrick Polo

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Partnership Opportunities

Polo is called the Sport of Kings and for centuries it has drawn royalty to its ranks. In the minds of many, the game has always belonged to the rich, the famous, and the privileged few. But there’s more to the sport than the glamorous world that surrounds it. Sport of Kings

It began as a war game more than 2,000 years ago and is one of the oldest team sports in history. Most of us in Ireland today know very little about it, but there was a time in the 1920’s and 30s when polo would draw a crowd of 20,000 spectators at the All Ireland Polo Cup. The event was hosted at the historic All Ireland Polo Club in Phoenix Park Dublin which at the time was bigger than Gaelic, Rugby and Football!

Polo is a growing sport here in Ireland and further afield with more and more competitors and spectators getting involved. We have some incredible Irish players and ponies; involvement in the sport is growing at a rapid pace.



History of Success

The Glenpatrick Polo Team was founded by Ian Megahey in 2019; who’s family has had ties to the Equestrian World for many years. Megahey first tried his hand at polo in 2018 and was bitten by the polo bug very quickly thereafter! He formed the Glenpatrick Polo Team a year later and the team have seen growing success ever since, with back-to-back Pakistan Cup wins in 2021 and 2022. The Glenpatrick Polo Team won the prestigious accolade of ‘Team of the Year’ at the Irish Polo Awards in 2022. They were the most successful team of that season winning 4 prestigious tournaments including the coveted Pakistan Cup hosted in the Phoenix Park.



Building Team to Represent Ireland 2024

Glenpatrick’s success has been building since its formation; with Megahey putting the team in place and strategically directing the tournament’s played.

2023 is set to be the most ambitious season yet with a step up in level required to enter the Gerald Balding Trophy in Cirencester, England. The highest level of play in Ireland is 4 Goal, meaning each player in the team has to collectively have a handicap of 4. The Gerald Balding Trophy is an 8 Goal tournament, a considerable step up for the team. Ian Megahey and the Glenpatrick Team will also be representing Ireland in the United States in July 2023 at Newport Polo Club. An exciting tournament with thousands of spectators in attendance.

Along with these International tournaments, the Glenpatrick Polo Team will be aiming to play on the Irish Circuit throughout the season, hopefully retaining their title at the Pakistan Cup and the Best Team of the Year in Ireland. A long term goal is to enter the Glenpatrick Polo Team to represent Ireland at the European Championship’s hosted in Spain in 2024. With your support this could be possible! And early sponsors will gain first refusal to sponsor the Team for this very large tournament.




James Connolly- 2 Goal James is based in Wicklow, Ireland has represented Ireland is Azerbaijan, Zambia, New Zealand and South Africa. He plays in both Ireland and Sotogrande, Spain. And works between both hospitality and property sectors.

Michael Connolly- 2 Goal Michael began riding horses aged 10 and competed in all disciplines at pony club. He tried polo at the age of 13 and was hooked. Michael represented the Northern Ireland pony club teams at the Pony Club championships in Cowdray for six years. This led to invitations to play internationally where he has competed in New York, Florida, Canada, Uruguay, Spain, France and the UK. Michael played on the successful Horseware Team for eight years and now plays mainly in Ireland and Spain. He usually plays as a number four and competes regularly throughout the summer season.

Max Hutchinson- 4 Goal Max started playing polo at the Northern Ireland Polo Club with his father and sisters at age 11. He has been fortunate to compete in many tournaments throughout his career, winning some prestigious ones along the way including the Ellerston Spring Cup, The Queen Mother, Eduardo Moore and Coun try Cup. He has won a gold medal with Ireland in the FIP European Championships with his Dad which he claims to be the best moment of his polo career.

Ian Megahey- 0 Goal Ian Megahey, founder of the Glenpatrick Polo Team, started playing polo in 2018. Having showjumped to a high level prior to this, he has considerable experience on horseback however is the least experienced polo player on the team. He has risen quickly from -2 to 0 since starting to competitively play in 2019. With a view to move to 1 at end of this season.



Calendar of Events

The polo season runs from May to September and has tournaments played across the island of Ireland and in England. This is not a single-location event partnership. Instead Glenpatrick Polo offers you the opportunity to forge a strategic partnership with brand engagement at multiple events across the UK & Ireland.

May The May Cup: Cambridge Polo Club Gerald Balding Trophy, Cirencester, England: Prestigious 8 Goal Tournament

June Stuarts Cup Tournament: Phoenix Park, Dublin

July Derby Cup Tournament: Phoenix Park, Dublin Ireland V USA Tournament: Newport Polo Club, New York

September Pakistan Cup: Phoenix Park, Dublin

August The Open Tournament: Phoenix Park Dublin Freebooters Trophy: Phoenix Park, Dublin



Partnership Options Why Partner with Glenpatrick & Become a Commercial Patron?

1. A fitting ambassador and end-to-end managed programme: Ian’s personable character, as well as his great understanding of polo and the business world, makes him a fitting ambassador to promote your brand and engage with your staff & guests. 2. Link your brand to the glamours sport of Polo- Polo is well known to be the Sport of Kings, linked to the rich and famous! The polo events have great hospitality options for staff and guests. Polo is synonymous with luxury, high end and elite! Link your brand to all of these attributes. 3. A long lasting partnership- Ian’s ambitions for the Glenpatrick Polo Team mean bigger tournaments on a global scale, meaning growing engagement for your brand, nationwide coverage, and access to a sport that has high profile business linkage.



Your opportunity Partnership Pillars 1. Engaging Content: Promoting your association with the sport of polo! Ian and his team can provide innovative and engaging means of content to further your digital output with name, fame and image rights. 2. Brand Visibility: The world of polo aligns itself naturally with a plethora of business sectors and we can reinforce your company’s standing as the best in class! 3. Events Activation: Throughout the 2023 season there our great opportunities to welcome staff and guests to polo tournaments in England and Ireland! 4. Corporate Messaging: Polo is a sport built on hard work, our love of animals, speed and passion. We wish to use the clear synergies between this and Glenpatrick Polo’s performance to support this messaging, building brand image and loyalty in the process. 5. B2B Networking: We as a Team want to understand our partner’s commercial goals, as well as marketing ones. We will together work to explore every potential commercial opportunity!



Partner Packages

Gold Starting from £10,000

Silver Starting from £5,000

Bronze Starting from £2,500



Gold Starting from £10,000

•Headline Sponsor Team Shirts • Branded Caps, Hoodies and merchandise for players & grooms • Branding on vehicles • PR Photoshoot Included to announce partnership •Coordinated Social Media Campaign throughout the season • Tickets to Polo Tournaments



Silver Starting from £5,000

Bronze Starting from £2,500

• Branded Team Whites (Polo Trousers) • Logo on Player Caps, and other merchandise • PR Photoshoot Included to announce partnership •Coordinated Social Media Campaign throughout the season • Tickets to Polo Tournaments

• PR Photoshoot Included to announce partnership •Coordinated Social Media Campaign throughout the season • Tickets to Polo Tournaments



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