Become a Member
Become a member
No person may play in any match, organised game or practice chukka at or conducted by an affiliated or provisionally affiliated club in the UK or Ireland unless the membership requirements and formalities as set out below have been met and completed.
To find out about each type of membership, click on the type from the list below that applies to you.
2017/2018 Outdoor Membership Fees
|UK & Ireland*||Overseas*|
|Full Associate MembershipFull Associate membership is only available to a playing member of an affiliated or provisionally affiliated club who has a current HPA handicap listed in the HPA Year Book or has been given a handicap following submission of a CV form.||£155||£305|
|Day Membershipa. Purpose. The purpose of Day Membership is to enable:
(i) Those considering taking up the game to play in practice chukkas,
(ii) Players on a short visit from overseas to play some chukkas or the occasional match.
(iii) Individuals who are no longer playing to take part in a one off tournament or match; eg as part of an Old School or Hunt team.
b. Application. Day Membership can only be applied for by the club or owner of the ground for domestic club tournaments or invitational matches at which the person intends to play. Membership must have been confirmed in writing by the HPA. The fee for the “one day membership” will be £30 per day (£15 is for insurance) or £50 for two days and £25 per day thereafter.
c.Payment. Clubs must collect the subscription fee from the player and inform the HPA of any person taking this membership out before they play. An invoice will be raised immediately for payment by the club.
d. Allotment of Handicap. It will be the clubs decision as to whether or not a CV is required but any team(s) participating against the player must be happy with the handicap allotted.
|Junior Associate Membership (18 and Under)Junior Associate Membership is only available to a playing member aged 18 and under, of an affiliated or provisionally affiliated club. Junior Associate Membership is an annual membership from 1st April to 31st March and is the only membership for which includes the Arena Season.||£70||£70|
|Chukka MembershipChukka Membership is available to individuals starting the game and to grooms if their employer wishes them to play their ponies in chukkas at the Club to which they belong. Chukka members cannot play in any match and may only play in chukkas at their Club as permitted by their Club. They will not be handicapped but as a member of the HPA they will be covered for public liability under the HPA’s policy.||£115||£185|
|Direct Non Playing Members click here||£105||N/A|
2016/2017 Arena Membership Fees
|UK & Ireland*||Overseas*|
|Arena Full – paid up Outdoor Member||£85||£85|
|Junior Associate Membership||£65||£65|
*A principal place of residence will be the members only home but if they have more than one home it is where they mostly live.
Residence for nine months of the year in a particular country will be treated as sufficient to establish a principal residence in that country.
- 1. Signed Registration/Declaration Form
All players must lodge with the affiliated club a signed declaration to be bound by the rules, regulations, orders and directives from time to time in force of that club and of the HPA. The declaration for any person under the age of 16 on 1st January must be countersigned by a parent or guardian.
- 2. CV Form
Any person who requires a handicap above S (Starter) and who does not already hold a current HPA handicap is required to submit a CV form. The form must be signed by the player and countersigned by his club, and sent to the HPA at least 3 working days before he is due to play in any match. Until the CV form has been stamped and signed by the HPA, the player is not eligible to play. (See Regulation 6).
The handicap awarded will normally be the highest attained in any country during the 12 months previous and will be placed in brackets until confirmed by the Handicap Committee as per Regulation 6.6.
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The brackets signal that a player’s handicap is under review and is therefore more likely to be changed at any time.
See 2b Annex C to the Rules for brackets in the 22 goal.
Removal of Brackets.
Brackets may be removed by the HPA when it is clear to the main Handicap Committee that the player is correctly handicapped.
- 3.Overseas Sponsored Players (OSPs)
Status Guidelines for Overseas Sponsored Players
To apply for “non OSP” Status (ie for those holding European passports – NB must be an EEA country)
For a list of EEA Countries click here
To apply for full change of OSP Status (for those OSP’s permanently domiciled in the UK)
Overseas Sponsored Players
What you get for your HPA membership
Public Liability Insurance. For full policy please click here.
The Hurlingham Magazine. Once your address has been passed to the HPA by your club the HPA will then inform the publishers. Please note that you will only receive the Summer edition if we receive your name prior to 1st June; you will receive the Winter edition from 1st October.
The Year Book (Blue Book). Available to collect from your club at the start of the season.
Pocket Rule Book
Discounted tickets for International at Guards.
HPA Car Badge – giving free car access to the Internationals at Beaufort and Chester. For Guards International please contact the HPA office for details.
Access to the Injured Players and Officials Fund. For further details please click here.
Access to the Polo Charity.
Once your club has forwarded your details to the HPA you will be sent the following:
Your Membership Card (–2 and above)
The Pocket Rule Book