Inanda Giving Disadvantaged Polo Players A Chance


Incrementally, the Inanda Club, with its support of the game is changing the current perception of polo in South Africa of it being a sport enjoyed by only the wealthy and urban privileged few to a sport which is more wide-ranging, encouraging and available to underprivileged communities, nurturing those players who wish to join the sport.

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“Inanda Club Development Cup players can boast a number of victories to their credit in various tournaments which have taken place in Gauteng, including the Cell C Inanda Africa Cup. The programme has encouraged and imparted to the young sporting talents the practical skills of polo, team spirit, sportsmanship, trust and respect. We are delighted to have had continued success with the tournament. This motivates us to grow the project further” states Paul Oosthuizen, Inanda Club General Manager.

The Inanda Club’s development work is in line with the Government’s Transformation Charter for South African Sport. The Charter encourages transformation in sport through broader community involvement including the creation of development programs at grassroots levels to deliver facilities and infrastructure to previously deprived communities with the goal of unlocking the potential of youth in South Africa.  The Inanda Club’s polo school, is the ideal way for young polo players to learn the exhilarating game of polo. The Club provides first class polo facilities and has developed a robust pipeline of promising youth polo players.

Zompie Tsotetsi is an emblematic example of a success story of the development programme. He joined the Inanda Polo Academy in 2014 and has since become a professional polo player and coach, changing the perception of polo in South Africa. Zompie, who now plays off a two handicap (2), runs a business in the Free State, making a living from what is now his career.

Zompie Tsotetsi was the recipient of the Most Valued Player (MVP) Award at the 2014 Development Cup event while Lucky Nsingo and Thokozane Zondo, both minus one (-1) goal players, were awarded the MVP prize at the 2016 Cup. They then proceeded to play for the Land Rover Above & Beyond Team at the Africa Cup event of the same year.

Come and witness the ‘home of polo’ bridging divides through the ‘Sport of Kings’, and fast track the winning development player into one of the biggest tournaments on the continent, the Cell C Africa Cup Polo, played in August 2018.

Details

Event:              Inanda Development Cup 2018

Dates:              Sunday, 16 June 2018

Time:               10:00 – 18:00

Venue:             Inanda Club, Forrest Road, Inanda, Sandton

Cost:                Hospitality tickets are available from the Mason Company Public Tickets, R100 – Per Person will be available at the gate on event day while those wishing to include a BBQ option can expect to pay R350 Per Person.  All above costs are exclusive of 15 % VAT.
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