The Atoms Polo Academy

The Atoms Polo Academy is a unique place to learn to play polo in a safe, fun and exciting environment. Set on the grounds of the newly refurbished Singapore Polo Club, Atoms welcomes you, your friends and family to come and experience the exhilaration of the galloping game. Our local and visiting international coaches will put you through your paces from the basic rules to learning how to ride for polo if you are an inexperienced rider, to tactics and beyond.

Make some new friends, enjoy unique events and the warm hospitality of a like-minded community.

The Academy will have an approved HPA curriculum for learning to play polo and affiliations with leading clubs and academies around the world for exchange programs.

The Team

  • Sattar Khan

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    Sattar Khan

    Sattar Khan

    Sattar Khan is a 3 goal polo professional and instructor, who hails from Pakistan.  An experienced player, he has represented Singapore at two FIP World Cup Polo Tournaments and has also played in numerous other professional tournaments around the world. He enjoys sharing his polo knowledge and experience with his students.
  • Sunny Khan

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    Sunny Khan

    Sunny Khan

    Sanaullah Khan is a 2 goal polo professional and instructor also from Pakistan, who is a seasoned member of the Singapore Polo Club coaching staff.  He is a mainstay in club tournaments, and has also competed in events in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
  • Roon Kai

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    Roon Kai

    Roon Kai

    Roon Kai has been a part of the Singapore Polo Club from an early age joining the Riding Section first at only 9 years old. His father, Ang Ban Tong was a polo silver medalist at the 2007 SEA Games, and he thus followed in his footsteps, eventually representing Singapore on the national team. Polo has taken Roon Kai all over the world, from Argentina and Australia to Chile and New Zealand. He also spent some time in England where he was the manager and coach at Leadenham Polo Club.

  • Waqas Khan

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    Waqas Khan

    Waqas Khan

    Waqas started riding and playing polo since a very young age. He currently holds a polo handicap of 3 goals. His father, Sattar Khan is a polo pro by profession. Waqas has participated in many local tournaments and has played polo in United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, and Pakistan.  He has also won the under 14 Potrillos polo tournament in Argentina. His love and passion for the game has motivated him to pursue polo professionally in the future.
  • Pua Yien Yien

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    Pua Yien Yien

    Pua Yien Yien

    Yien Yien started riding at the age of five in Australia and has 19 years working experience in the equine industry as a MEM/EA NCAS Level 1 General Coach. She is also proficient in training endurance and race horses.   For the last 12 years she has been a skilled equine chiropractor and masseuse, so our riding school horses benefit greatly from her healing touch.   She will be a part of Atoms Polo Academy at the intro level for those who have never been on a horse before, teaching them the rudiments of riding and getting comfortable in the saddle.
  • Laurent Ruelle

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    Laurent Ruelle

    Laurent Ruelle

    A native of Belgium, Laurent started his equestrian journey at 10 years old in a horse riding summer camp, which sparked his interest in Show Jumping and Dressage. With experience in jumping up to 110cm, Laurent can ride up to Elementary level.  After a 20-year hiatus, he started working in the equine industry again and is certified with a BHS Stage 3 and currently heads the SPC Pony Academy. His greatest joy is seeing our young talents grow. Laurent will also be a part of the Atoms Polo Academy at the introductory level for those who have never been on a horse before, teaching them the rudiments of riding and getting comfortable in the saddle.
  • Katherine Desbaillets

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    Katherine Desbaillets

    Katherine Desbaillets

    Katherine is an experienced Grand Prix rider who started riding at the age of 4.   With over 17 years of European training and competition experience, she competed at her first Grand Prix test at 17 years old with a score of 72%.  In the intervening years  she has worked with some of the best in the equestrian world; Paul Weier for 7 years (3 months every year) and Michel Henriquet (Student of Maitre Nuno Oliveria) in France and has also competed at Grand Prix level on some of their horses. More recently, she lived in Austria for a year and trained horses with Hans Erdmann and Marcel Schumacher. Presently, she goes back to Europe once a year for 2 weeks to train and compete to continuously maintain her level of riding and training.

    She now also has 15 years of teaching and training experience.  Katherine has trained 7 horses from “green level” to Grand Prix level in Switzerland, Thailand and Singapore, and owned 4 dressage horses which she trained up to Grand prix level from the age of 4 and 5 years. She has also successfully trained more than 10 riders to PSG and 2 riders to Grand Prix level.

    She will be joining the Atoms Polo Academy team at the introductory level, to fine tune beginner riders and make them more proficient before they progress onto the next level.

The Facilities

The Singapore Polo Club is set in 24 acres of lush tropical grounds, within touching distance of the city’s vibrant business and commercial districts. Its newly renovated clubhouse with its colonial era open verandah, provides expansive views over this green oasis whilst providing an elegant yet understated ambience. The Club has the one and only regulation size grass polo field in Singapore, an international standard covered arena, as well as a number of other outdoor arenas for polo and other equestrian activities. More than being just a polo club, it’s a lifestyle club, with facilities for dining, tennis, working out as well as pampering.. Apart from its own designated location at the Mount Pleasant Rd stables, its own tack shop for equipment and supplies from some of the world’s best known polo brands, the Atoms Polo Academy will also include a dedicated space for the kids to “hang out” in the Atoms Club Room equipped with boardgames, a foosball table and a PS4 for the gamers in the mix.

The HPA

The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) is the governing body for polo in the UK, Ireland and many other countries throughout the world. As such, it is responsible for the regulations and rules under which the game is played. The association originated as the Hurlingham Polo Committee in 1875 (which drew up the original rules for polo). 

The Hurlingham Polo Committee was re-titled as the Hurlingham Club Polo Committee and expanded to include representatives on the Council from the armed Services, County Polo which at the time included the three London polo clubs – Hurlingham, Ranelagh and Roehampton – and from all associations within the Empire where polo was being played in 1903. Later, in 1925, the Hurlingham Club Polo Committee was re-designated as the Hurlingham Polo Association, which it remains as today. Apart from rules and handicapping, the object of the HPA is to further the interests of polo generally and support by all possible means the common interests of its affiliated clubs and associations in the UK and around the world.