Behind the scenes of Polo Park Zürich: polo teacher Steve Thompson
As Polo Park Zürich is growing every year, it is important for the players have a various choice of teachers.
Polo manager Francisco Podesta is in charge of the beginners players and to inject the polo passion in their veins. Once the players have been breathing and living polo, PPZ offer them the possibility to train with various professionals in the club. Sometimes, PPZ invite Steve Thompson to join the team. From year to year, Steve is seeing his students evolving, thanks to the continuous teaching in the club. All teaching methods are different and good ways to learn. And in polo, learning is vital!
Steve Thompson is international renowned polo teacher. After many years teaching in Dubai, his skills took him to teach polo under the cerulean skies of the Caribbean. He’s also the author of the book: “How to look cool whilst playing polo”, for sale in our boutique.
“As a coach I am extremely privileged to be invited to teach at numerous clubs around the world. Having said that however, very often the invitation more often than not fills me with dread ! The glamorous and romantic idea of boarding a plane at someone else’s expense and being hosted at various clubs around globe is actually a far cry from the reality for an inbound coach. There is often huge pressure and expectation for me as a trainer to solve a multitude of problems in an unfamiliar environment. For the record the ‘wooden thing’ that I demonstrate the swing with, is called a mallet... it is not a wand and I am not Harry Potter !! As the old saying goes ‘you cannot buy skill’, you can only buy the knowledge with which to train essential techniques.
So, getting straight to the point of the article - impressions of a host Polo Club. In comparison to many of my previous encounters with host polo clubs Polo Park Zürich is nothing less than an absolute polo Nirvana. As a coach I am without doubt silently critical of everything that doesn’t appear to be right or correct. So having never once been to Switzerland, I accepted the invitation to visit PPZ from my home in glittering Dubai, and braced myself for what I was about to endure. I