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AMS Polo - Meet Pte Darwin

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As part of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) day celebrations 2018, the Army Medical Services (AMS) Polo Team would like to celebrate the contribution made to the team by QARANC personnel.

The AMS Polo Team is comprised of personnel from the four Corps that make the AMS; the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC), the Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) and the QARANC.

2017 was a successful year for the AMS Polo team and the successes would not have been possible without the contribution of the QARANC players.

Meet some of our players….. 

Name: Mollie Darwin

Rank: Pte

Regular or Reservist: Regular

Role: Student Nurse (DSHE)

How long have you played polo: 2 years

Did you ride before you took up polo: Yes, I’ve been riding for a total of 20 years.

How did you get into polo: I joined the university club as a way to be around horses while away from home.

Besides AMS Polo where else do you play: Offchurch Bury Polo Club and Birmingham City University Polo Team.

Do you own a pony: Yes, I own 2 ex-racehorses and a Cob.

What do you like about polo: The teamwork and trust between teammates and horses.  Polo is a game where you ride one handed as fast as you can, while trying to hit a small ball and remaining aware of the seven other horses and riders around you. It’s an incredible sport to participate in and watch.  

What elements of the sport do you use in your job role: Working as a team; in polo you have to support each other whether that be marking a player so your team mate can get to the ball or following up behind so you can take a hit if your player misses. In both the army and nursing, teamwork is the very basis of achieving success in any task; whether that is providing effective healthcare or delivering an effective section attack. 

Do you partake in other equestrian sports: No

Advice for non-polo players: Give it a go! Even if you’ve never sat on a horse before, I would highly recommend trying it.

Tell us one polo fact: Polo must be played with the right hand because the games principles follow the same rules as the road. 


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A Career in Army Nursing


The QARANC employs Officers and Soldiers in both the Regular and Reserve Army, as Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, and Health Care Assistants, and we are always looking for people. If you are interested in a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant which also offers other great opportunities then you are just the person we are looking for. A career in the QARANC is more than a job, you will have access to extensive training and development opportunities, not just related to your job, but personal development too. You will have the opportunity to use your skills in diverse settings – wherever the Army is employed health care professionals from the QARANC are there. Right now there are QARANC personnel working around the world, including Sierra Leone, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Germany, and Cyprus. Being in the QARANC you will have access to, and be expected to undertake adventurous training, and you will have access to free medical and dental care, as well as robust annual leave and pension package. For information contact a member of the QARANC recruiting team on: 01276 412741, 01276 412742 or 01276 412740 or visit

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