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Stellenbosch Academy of Sport

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Stellenbosch Academy of Sport

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Name:Stellenbosch Academy of Sport
Location:South Africa
Phone:+27 (0) 21 861 7800
Sports:Athletics, Triathlon, Football, Rugby, Hockey

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The Stellenbosch Academy of Sport is located just east of Cape Town, South Africa and offers indoor and outdoor world-class training facilities along with on-site accommodation.

The Stellenbosch Academy of Sport seeks "to be recognised as a world class, professional, sport training and preparation environment." 

The facilities and services on-site include indoor and outdoor training fields, a state-of-the-art gym, access to leading sports scientists, doctors, coaches, physiotherapists and biokineticists, cutting-edge conference facilities, comfortable athlete accommodation and performance-nutrition catering.

Recent visitors include National Triathlon Athletes (Germany, Australia), SA U20 Rugby Team and Saracens Rugby Club (UK)



By air; Cape Town (CPT) airport which is approximately 35km away from the sports academy. 

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Stellenbosch is a university town which lies on the banks of the Eerste River within the Cape Winelands. 

The sports academy is within walking distance of Stellenbosch town centre with its many cafes and leisure activities. Further out, Table Mountain is 60km away, Cape Town is 50km and Newlands Rugby Stadium is 55km. 

The local climate is described as "Mediterranean". The winters month (March - October) are cool, rainy and sometimes quite windy, with daytime temperatures averaging 16 °C (61 °F). Summers are dry and warm to hot, with some February and March days rising to over 40 °C (104 °F).

The Sports Academy has 62 rooms and the accommodation centre is run by an independant orgaisation. The bedrooms all have 2 extra long single beds, en-suite bathrooms, equipped kitchenette, wireless internet access, twin workstations and TV with all South African channels, including DSTV (satellite).

All rooms are serviced daily and on the ground floor there is a private garden with a recovery swimming pool as well as athlete relaxation areas. The Academy also offers permanent offices to longer-term clients.

The SAS restaurant serves nutritional meals to our resident and visiting teams and athletes on a five week menue cycle. This set menu can be flexible and adapted to individual needs. 

Alternative Accommodation is available within easy reach of the sports academy. Meals can be taken at your hotel or at the academy. 


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Training Facilities

Gym & Performance Testing


The two-level gym has cutting-edge cardiovascular, strength, power and other equipment. Specific training and equipment areas include:

  • Ground base hammer system
  • Power cages with drop platforms
  • Cardio area (bikes, rowers, treadmills, etc)
  • Free weights
  • Floor / mat area

The academy's experienced strength and conditioning coaches are available to assist and support you, if required.

The Strength & Conditioning team can also offer:

  • Designing individual athlete training programmes
  • Designing periodisation team or squad training programmes
  • Performance testing and analysis
  • Personalised conditioning sessions




There are 5 playing fields that are used for a variety of sports as well as a grass athletics track.

There are store rooms and changing rooms at the field for the athletes' convenience and rugby equipment available, such as tackle bags, hit shields and scrum machine.



The training centre holds a 50x40m sized synthetic field, allowing training to happen day and night, in good weather or bad.

It is an excellent surface and environment for speed, skill and agility testing as well as rehabilitation exercises. Being adjacent to the outdoor grass fields and changing rooms, it is central and easily accessible.



The Recovery Centre is completely equipped for all modalities of Physical Therapy, recuperation and improvement.

It is an active recovery area that includes an ice bath and recovery/relaxation pool with available physiotherapy practice.



Physiotherapy; The Physiotherapy Practice works closely with private clinics and visiting sports teams to integrate treatment and rehabilitation for athletes. 

Sports Massage; there is a sports massage service available.




There is a 25m, 14 lane pool for all water-based sports, a grass athletics track as well as road and mountain trails through the beautiful landscape that are accessible for runners and cyclists.

The Academy is a 5 minute walk from the University of Stellenbosch's sports facilities which include:

  • Football fields
  • IAAF-certified athletics track
  • Tennis and netball courts
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pool
  • Astroturf hockey fields
  • Cricket oval

Stellenbosch Academy of Sport also offer visiting athletes specialised technical training equipment, as well as conditioning and rehabilitation equipment to enhance preparation and performance. This includes:

  • rugby balls, tackle shields, tackle suits, scrummaging machine
  • anti-gravity treadmill
  • cybex machine
  • speed and other testing equipment
  • eye-hand, foot and body co-ordination equipment and software
  • physiotherapy equipment and materials

Training Camps

Tim Don at Stellenbosch


Watch the video of Tim Don training at Stellenbosch

and then read an Phil Mosley's account of his experience at the Academy of Sport. For more about Phil see here ....

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