One of the country’s most sophisticated social and sporting occasions makes a much-anticipated return in 2019. On 14 September guests from across the continent and abroad will flock to Johannesburg’s Inanda Polo Club. The occasion? The prestigious annual Nedbank International Polo event. A sporting fixture with a heritage of elegance, congenial hospitality and sensory scintillation.
The Nedbank International Polo is one of the longest running polo tournaments in Southern Africa – bringing the exclusive polo community together in a premium sporting experience. The South African Polo Association continues its’ successful partnership with its’ valued sponsors – with Nedbank at the helm of the equestrian celebration. Inanda’s spectacular grounds offers the oasis for the day’s events.
With an illustrious history, the game of polo is the prime opportunity for guests to experience high intensity, sophistication and effortless charm whilst learning more about the sporting culture and enjoying an enthralling experience on the Johannesburg social scene.
This year, the talented and highly skilled South African team will compete with New Zealand. This competitive rivalry dating back to 1972, will be the 7th occasion the two countries have duelled for the coveted title. This is coupled with a world class entertainment experience – decked with succulent food and drink as well as good music – all backdropped by beautiful people dressed to the nines for the prestigious equestrian event.
The Nedbank International Polo offers guests an array of picnic and premium hospitality options, catering for the discerning guest wanting an unforgettable match-side offering. VIP guests will enjoy exclusive lounges, creating the perfect setting to immerse into the world of thoroughbreds and delighting in match contests. Johnnie Walker and Heineken join the day’s festivities as valued partners to the Nedbank International Polo. The atmosphere promises to be nothing short of a luxurious and spectacular day – making it the ultimate celebration for one to see and be seen.
“South Africa has a long-standing sporting rivalry against New Zealand and the home team will be doing their level best to improve the 2-4 standing of polo tests between the two countries,” said Russell Watson, President of SA Polo Association. “We look forward to the contest of these evenly-matched teams and I am certain the match will be played in the best spirit of the game.”
Joining forces again, Nedbank and the SA Polo Association further cement the successful partnership forged in 2018, producing an unforgettable multi layered experience.
“We’re excited to bring the second instalment of this great event, designed to give our Nedbank community an unparalleled experience and inviting them to join the new nobility in our belief that money has the infinite capacity for good, if one understands its true nature. We’re not only providing a lifestyle experience but aligning with our brand purpose ‘money experts who do good’ by showcasing emerging entrepreneurs during the polo,” said Ciko Thomas, Group Managing Executive for Retail and Business Banking at Nedbank.
Guests will be spoilt for choice, with various package options including general admission, polo picnic sites, the Tanqueray Gin Garden and corporate hospitality. The day promises an exhilarating and action-packed polo match, not forgetting a showcase of local and international fashion and style.