Factbook about polo

A factbook is a little short book with facts about different topics. If you make it with a few pages, it can be called a pixi factbook. It is made easily readable and with short sentences. To help the understanding, pictures can be used for better explanation.

Facts about polo

The history of polo

  • Polo is one of the oldest sports in the world.
  • Polo was played in Persia as early as 500 BC (før Kristus) and then later all over Asia.
  • In the beginning of the 19th century (århundrede) polo came to Europe.
  • Polo has been on the Olympic Games program 5 times. Most recently (senest) in 1936.


How to play polo

  • The polo game is played with two teams.
  • Both teams have four riders (ryttere).
  • The riders score by using a wooden mallet (trækølle) to hit a small hard ball into the opposing team’s (modstanderhold) goal.
  • A game is divided into periods called “chukkas” and usually lasts (varer) two hours.



  • To play polo you need different kind of equipment (udstyr).
  • You need an equestrian helmet (ridehjelm), a shirt, riding boots, and white trousers.
  • For your own safety it might be a good idea to wear kneepads (knæbeskyttere), face mask, a whip (pisk), and gloves (handsker).

Polo around the world

  • Polo is a popular sport and has more than 100 member countries in the Federation of International Polo.
  • It is a professional sport in about 16 countries.
  • The British Prince Charles likes the sport very much and used to play.


James Beim

  • James Bein is one of the famous polo players in England.
  • He was born in 1980 and started playing polo when he was 11 years old. His professional career (karriere) started when he was 17.
  • During (igennem) his polo career he has won a lot of competitions (konkurrencer) in both England and the rest of the world.
  • James still plays for the English national team and is the captain (anfører) of the team.


  • Read the facts about Polo.
  • Translate for one of your classmates.
  • Discuss the content and make some questions regarding polo for each other.
  • Make your own facts about one of the World Championship disciplines: Jumping, Dressage, Paradressage or Vaulting (remember to translate difficult words).
  • You can make a presentation for the rest of the class or a classmate.
  • You can also make a factbook.