The T20 Global League Paarl-based team, the Stellenbosch Kings, will be staying in the heart of the winelands for the duration of the tournament. Val de Vie Estate is ‘home’ to the team for the next couple of months, providing accommodation in the newly launched Pearl Valley Hotel, operated by the Mantis Group.
At a media launch at Val de Vie hosted in the L’Huguenot wine cellar, Bollywood megastar and new owner of the team, Preity Zinta, announced the name change of the team to Stellenbosch Kings. The team was previously known as the Stellenbosch Monarchs. Preity is also co-owner of the IPL Kings XI Punjab, and the name change falls in line with ownership of the IPL franchise.
The T20 Global League South Africa is set to debut in the last quarter of 2017, with eight participating teams consisting of local and international players. The Stellenbosch Kings will most likely be captained by Faf du Plessis and coached by Stephan Fleming.
Val de Vie Estate warmly welcomes the players and management of the Stellenbosch Kings and look forward to providing world class hospitality and creating lifelong ambassadors for the estate.
The Pearl Valley Hotel on Val de Vie Estate, is located in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek area and conveniently situated close to the N1 highway. The team will have access to two fully equipped gymnasiums, an indoor heated swimming pool, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and miles of trails for jogging and cycling. Two state of the art restaurants on the estate will provide healthy meals and snacks to the team members. Regarded as the most secure estate in Africa, the team can settle in with complete peace of mind.
Boland Park, home ground for the Stellenbosch Kings, is only 10 minutes away from Val de Vie Estate and will see the team play their first home game on Saturday, 4 November at Boland Park, Paarl at 14:30 against the Jo’Burg Giants.
From January 2018, Stellenbosch will be a short drive away with the opening of the Val de Vie Bridge connecting the estate to the R45 Simondium Road, reducing traveling time to Cape Town and the International Airport.