The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarships in association with the Federation of International Polo have been awarded for 2018/19 to Clara Forstner and Georgie Pask.
Clara, who has just embarked on her final year studying Global Management, first became interested in polo soon after arriving at Regent’s, and describes the sport now as her ‘greatest passion’.
She said: “Having put many hours of training and organisation into it, I feel extremely honoured to be awarded the polo scholarship and am very excited to welcome new students onto the team.
“Polo is extremely fun but can also be very challenging physically and mentally, which is why I believe everybody can learn something from the sport.”
Georgie added that she was delighted to be given the scholarship, and that she hopes to inspire more people to try a sport which is such a big part of her life.
She said: “The scholarship will allow me to continue playing a sport that I love while at the same time developing the sport at Regent’s which already has an enviable reputation.
“Polo is much more than just a game – it’s a community of people who all have one thing in common. It’s addictive - once you’re in it, it’s impossible to get out! I’m very excited to see what the year ahead brings.”
The scholarships are the only equine polo scholarships awarded by a UK university and were named after Prince Filippo Corsini, the heir to a noble Florentine family. Prince Filippo was an accomplished equestrian and showjumper whose life was cut short by a tragic accident in 2016 when he was in his first year of study at Regent’s.
The scholarship was relaunched in 2018, in association with the Federation of International Polo (FIP), who bestow the title of FIP Youth Ambassador upon the successful scholars.
Regent’s Head of Student Recruitment Neil Herrington said: “Regent's is increasingly being regarded as the go-to UK university for polo players, particularly given our close association with FIP, and we're delighted to have Clara and Georgie as this year's scholars to help us reinforce this particular aspect of the Regent's experience.
“As well as the monetary value of the scholarship, we are confident that the title of 'FIP Youth Ambassador' will be of great benefit to Clara and Georgie, both on and off the field.”
To win the scholarship, Clara and Georgie needed to submit a 500-word statement, as well as video footage of them in action and a reference from a registered polo club.