Cape Town - It has been officially confirmed that Prince Harry will be playing in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which will take place for the first time on African soil, on Saturday, 28 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate – a leading polo, lifestyle and residential estate set in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
Val de Vie is set to welcome royalty and honoured guests to its premises – and to the scenic Paarl-Franschhoek Valley – as the official host of this esteemed event, which was conceptualised by Prince Harry in 2010.
Now in its sixth year, the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup is the largest one day charity polo event in the world, and is specifically held to raise money for Sentebale – a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso to assist Lesotho's vulnerable children. To date, the event has raised over R60 million (£3 million) for Sentebale and once again, all proceeds of this year's polo cup will go to the charity.
This year's event will take place two days after the opening ceremony of Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre in Lesotho – the first centre of its kind in Southern Africa that will provide children affected by HIV/AIDS with the best care available.
Val de Vie Events (Pty) Ltd was selected to organise this event.
Prince Harry will join Sentebale ambassador, Nacho Figueras on the Sentebale ISPS Handa team and they will be up against the likes of Royal Salute ambassador, Malcolm Borwick on the Royal Salute team. Three Val de Vie Polo Club members will also take to the field for this momentous match.
"We are extremely honoured to host the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at Val de Vie. It is likewise a privilege to welcome the founders of Sentebale – Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso – to our estate. Like Sentebale, we are passionate about helping those in need, and are pleased to be able to play a supporting role in the excellent work that this charity is doing in a country so close to ours, " Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate, Ryk Neethling said.
One of the most sought-after estates in South Africa – just 35 minutes from Cape Town – Val de Vie could not be a more fitting venue for the event as it has become well-known locally and internationally as a prime polo destination, with full equestrian facilities, a riding arena and two immaculate polo fields kept to Hurlingham standards.
Since its inception in 2004, Val de Vie has experienced tremendous growth and has launched a number of new property developments. It has received many a prestigious international award for a number of these developments and the security it offers its residents, including the title of Safest House in Africa for its Polo House.
Val de Vie established its own polo club in 2007 and the game has since become intrinsic to the estate’s lifestyle. Polo games are played three times per week during the warmer months of the year from October to April and a wealth of high-end events, including the BMW International Polo Series, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, and the Cintron Pink Polo are regularly held at the estate. As such, Val de Vie has certainly earned its reputation as one of the finest venues where polo is played by top international representatives – and royalty.
For more information on Val de Vie visit the website.
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