Maties Partnership with Stellenbosch Football Club a Pivotal Moment in Women’s Football

A pivotal partnership which sees Stellenbosch Football Club purchase the Stellenbosch University fanchise promises big advancements for women’s football at the University and in the wider Cape Winelands community. Photo: Stellenbosch FC 

Women’s football in the Cape Winelands has received a big boost as Stellenbosch Football Club has purchased the franchise of Stellenbosch University. The collaboration between the two parties will aim to advance the development of women’s football in the University town, as well as the wider Cape Winelands community. 

Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director of Maties Sport at Stellenbosch University and also a chief advocator of women’s sport, confirmed on Stellenbosch FC’s website the University’s commitment to empowering females through sport. 

“The partnership with Stellenbosch Football Club marks a pivotal moment in advancing women’s football, with a pipeline that combines education and sport.

“Together, we are committed to building a legacy where every player identified to join the club, every goal scored, and every moment experienced becomes a step forward in creating a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls in football.”

Chief Director of Maties Sport at Stellenbosch University, Ilhaam Groenewald

A statement on the Premier Football League’s sides’ website read: “The Club would like to extend its gratitude to Stellenbosch University for their invaluable role in this partnership, and their shared belief in the transformative power of sport and the pursuit of sporting excellence.

“By joining forces, we hope to create an environment where Stellenbosch becomes a destination town for women footballers in our country, and a platform upon which they can thrive both on- and off the field of play.”

Nathan Peskin an experienced coach took charge of the Stellenbosch FC Ladies Team. They played their first-ever fixture this weekend against fellow Western Cape side, the Badgers Academy FC in the opening match of Stream B in the 2024 Sasol League season. The game ended 0-0. 

“Core to our club’s vision is to build a sustainable football pathway for the region and to be a catalyst for social upliftment,” said Rob Benadie, CEO of Stellenbosch Football Club.

“We want to see the females in our catchment area provided the same opportunities as the males to play and compete at the highest levels of football in South Africa. The decision to establish a women’s team alongside Stellenbosch University is the latest step towards accomplishing that vision and is one that we are excited to see come to fruition.”


Main Photo caption: A pivotal partnership which sees Stellenbosch Football Club purchase the Stellenbosch University franchise promises big advancements for women’s football at the University and in the wider Cape Winelands community. Photo: Stellenbosch FC 

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