The South African Polo Association is the official administrative controlling body of polo in South Africa. All clubs affiliate through their provincial bodies to SAPA which, in turn, affiliates to Hurlingham Polo Association (based in UK) and Federacion Internationale de Polo (based in Argentina). SAPA consists of a President, Vice-President and Executive Committee which includes a representative from each province (usually the Provincial Chairman).
These members are elected by the affiliated members of SAPA at the AGM of the Association. SAPA has a constitution which was first formulated in 1905 making it one of the oldest sporting bodies in the country. The role of SAPA is to administer the annual fixture lists, the handicaps of all players, any disciplinary matters, coordinate the Development Programme for previously disadvantaged youngsters and to govern policy relating to all matters regarding polo and polo ponies.
SAPA is also responsible for procuring sponsorship for International matches and various other tournaments. SAPA is a Section 21 non profit organisation and assists its affiliated provinces with grants and interest free loans for the benefit of its members.
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