Land Rover Africa Cup, a unique knockout polo championship, now in its 6th year, returns to the Inanda Club for a day of quintessential polo on 17 – 18 September. But what’s particularly interesting, is Land Rover’s commitment to the development of two up-and-coming players.
One of the many highlights at the 2016 Land Rover Africa Cup polo tournament will be the debut of Team Above and Beyond. The team consists of two polo veterans and two up-and-coming development players, and they will participate in a weekend of thrilling horsemanship on the weekend of 17 – 18 September 2016.
Playing in their first international tournament are development players Thokosane Zondo and Lucky Nsingo. Both were in a selection of six players who were put through their paces at the Inanda Development Cup earlier this year. After demonstrating their talent on the field and passion for the sport, Thokosane and Lucky were voted as the most valuable players of the tournament. To further aid their development, Land Rover sponsored each of the MVPs with a full complement of new polo gear for the upcoming Land Rover Africa Cup tournament in September.
Joining Thokosane and Lucky are seasoned polo pros, Terence Spilsbury and Richard Pohl. Both have a love for the sport, and horses, and boast extensive playing experience. Additionally, Richard will contribute his valuable experience from successes he has had at local tournaments and representing South Africa at an international level.
“These aspiring polo aces have made it into Team Above and Beyond on their own merit, through hard work and dedication,” said Craig James, Polo Manager at the Inanda Club. “With Terence and Richard, Thokozane and Lucky will have superb teammates and mentors who will hopefully take them to success at the Land Rover Africa Cup.”
The Inanda Development Cup was formed to help give opportunities for those who are passionate about the Sport of Kings, but unable to afford playing on a regular basis. Those who participate are often involved in the polo community as polo grooms, caring for the horses, as well as instructing beginner players. Becoming professional players is not just a progression of their passion, but also opens up doors for them to make a living playing and becoming heroes in the community.
This year, Land Rover’s first ever convertible – the Range Rover Evoque Convertible – will face off against Inanda’s finest thoroughbred pony. With spring well and truly in full bloom the Evoque will let its passengers enjoy the same, open-air thrills as the players on the field – horsepower al fresco.
“We need to work hard to make sports more accessible, by backing talented players and giving them opportunities to show their mettle,” says Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “With our involvement in the Inanda Development Cup and sponsorship of the Land Rover Africa Cup, we’re doing just that. And we hope that the Team Above and Beyond will inspire young polo players across the country.”
The 2016 Land Rover Africa Cup, starring Team Above and Beyond, will take place on the weekend of 17 – 18 September. Tickets are available at Ticketpro: www.ticketpros.co.za