• Guards Polo Club and Access Private Bank extend relationship with new Corporate Partnership agreement


    Guards Polo Club is delighted to announce that it is expanding its relationship with Access Bank – one of Africa’s foremost financial institutions. Already co-creators of the spectacular Access Bank Day at Smith’s Lawn, which annually raises substantial funds for UNICEF, Access Private Bank has now signed a three-year Corporate Partnership with Guards Polo Club. Support such as this, especially from a brand that is already deeply embedded in the sport, is vital to Guards Polo Club as it continues to develop and improve its polo fields at Smith’s Lawn, Flemish Farm and Coworth Park.


    Neil Hobday, CEO of Guards Polo Club, said on signing this agreement: “Guards Polo Club is delighted to enhance its relationship with Access Bank. Herbert Wigwe, Chairman of The Access Bank UK Ltd, and his fellow directors already have a clear understanding and passion for polo – here in the UK and in Africa – and so this new partnership will be of great benefit to Guards Polo Club and the wider game itself. Of course, the support of knowledgeable partners such as Access Private Bank is invaluable as we are continually striving to maintain our position as one of the best clubs in the world.”


    Jamie Simmonds CEO and Managing Director of The Access Bank UK said “We are delighted to have this opportunity to cement our relationship with Guards Polo Club even further.  This event continues to raise the profile of the work that we are doing in Nigeria, with Fifth Chukker and UNICEF, to support the development and support for disadvantaged children in the country.


    This new agreement takes effect immediately and will run for three years, creating a stable, financial platform for Guards Polo Club’s executive management team to execute its long-held plans to improve and extend the grounds at Smith’s Lawn. In addition, both organisations are already hard at work on planning the Access Bank Day 2018. This key fixture in our calendar brings together polo patrons from Guards Polo Club and our reciprocal Nigerian club, Fifth Chukker, plus a sprinkling of 10-goal, South American magic.