- Naledi Nkopane is a talented polo player, horse groomer, and lead coach
- He started off as a gardener before learning how to ride horses
- He is keen to open up the sport to kids form underprivileged backgrounds
Polo is a sport that's often only accessible to those who have the resources, but one man, Naledi Nkopane, is keen to change that.
Naledi is a talented polo player, head groom, and lead coach at Poloafrica Development Trust in the Free State, Briefly.co.za learned.
Amazingly, he started off as a gardener. He became curious about riding horses while tending to the polo sports grounds, Beautiful News reports.
Naledi developed a passion for the sport and worked his way up slowly but surely. He is now keen to open up the game to young kids from underprivileged backgrounds:
The kids who grow up in poor communities are often excluded from costly sports. I want them to have the opportunity.
The Poloafrica project, which is sponsored by Laureus Sport for Good, helps him to do just that. He teaches kids how to ride and care for the horses.
The project also imparts skills related to responsibility, empowerment, and positivity to the children. In addition, they get Maths, English, beekeeping, and singing lessons.
Naledi hopes the initiative will help tackle inequality in sports:
Sport has the power of changing lives. It doesn't matter where you come from or your family. If you want to play polo, you have the chance to play. I'm proud to be teaching the next generation of polo champions.
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