Stellenbosch Football Club

Stellenbosch University and Stellenbosch Academy of Sport sign MOU to develop soccer in the Winelands

(LtoR Standing) Ilhaam Groenewald Chief Director of Maties Sport, Rob Benadie CEO of SAS & SFC, Prof Stan du Plessis Chief Operating Officer of Stellenbosch University. Seated in front of them (LtoR) Geraldine Mettler from Stellenbosch Municipality, Jannie Durand CEO of Remgro and Prof Wim de Villiers Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University. © Courtney Williams/SFC.


Media Release

Stellenbosch FC/Stellenbosch University

11 October 2021


Stellenbosch University (SU) and the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today (11 October 2021) that will see the two entities collaborate till 2029.

The MOU which was signed in Stellenbosch, endeavours to foster a better relationship between SU and SAS to develop quality footballers for Stellenbosch and the greater Winelands community while forging a holistic pathway for the players, support staff and administrators.

The partnership will see Stellenbosch Football Club use the University’s Lentelus Football Complex for the purposes of training for three seasons (2022/2023) and the Danie Craven Stadium for Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches for nine seasons (2028/2029), all effective from the commencement of the 2021/2022 season.

At the event, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said that “Sport has the unique ability to bring people together and create social cohesion, and that is precisely what the MOU between SU and the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport sets out to do. Football is the biggest global sport, so creating a platform in Stellenbosch to create career opportunities for talented young players, will have a positive impact on the university community, our town and the Western Cape.”

CEO of SAS and SFC, Mr Rob Benadie added that “Our Club’s strategic plan was fast-tracked with our immediate elevation to the PSL in 2019.  Fortunately, we are based in a town with a rich sport heritage and have the University and other key stakeholders partnering with us to assist our continued growth.  It is incredible to see how excited the town is about the SFC brand and the prospect of building a home fortress at the iconic Danie Craven Stadium.

We hope to build on the incredible history that Maties Rugby has created and continues to generate at this venue.  The Club sincerely thanks Messrs Johann Rupert and Jannie Durand from Remgro and Prof Stan du Plessis, Chief Operating Officer, and his Executives at the University in making this dream a reality.  I am confident that this partnership is going to be a very exciting and successful journey that will benefit much more than football!”

(LtoR) Prof Stan du Plessis from Stellenbosch University, Rob Benadie CEO SAS & Stellenbosch FC, Jannie Durand CEO of Remgro, Geralddine Mettler from Stellenbosch Municipality, Prof Wim de Villiers Rector of Stellenbosch University, Ilhaam Groenewald from Stellenbosch University and Jerry Laka from Stellenbocsh University during the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport & Stellenbosch University partnership announcement held at de Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch on 11 October 2021 © Shaun Roy/BackpagePix