Is that a horse or a bike? Children saddle up for Hainault polo tournament

The polo tournament saw children from five London boroughs go head-to-head

The polo tournament saw children from five London boroughs go head-to-head - Credit: Archant

“Energetic” high school pupils took part in a special bike polo competition in Hainault, aimed at encouraging them to cycle in their leisure time.

The Inter-borough Bike Polo Tournament, featuring Year 7 and 8 pupils from across five London boroughs, was held at Fairlop Oak Power League, in Forest Road on Thursday.

The unusual sport, which is based on polo, saw students swap a horse for a bicycle.

Youngsters from Oaks Park High, The Forest Academy, The Palmer Catholic Academy, The Ursuline Academy, Trinity Catholic High, Valentines High, Wanstead High and Woodbridge High took part in the event, now in its second year.

Cabinet member for culture and leisure Cllr Ashok Kumar said: “It was a great day and everyone was very enthusiastic and energetic.

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“I think we need to get more people cycling especially as extra money is available to councils to make their roads safer for cyclists.

“Cycling is something we will be focusing on in the future as the activity is extremely good for your health and is a great way to get around.”

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