The University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre (hpc) is Southern Africa’s first elite performance sports facility. Launched in May 2002, the centre is the training ground for tomorrow’s sporting champions and the venue of choice for sports professionals and enthusiasts alike.
The hpc’s unique combination of world-class training facilities, medical services, accommodation, nutritional and scientific expertise, research and hospitality has established its local and international reputation for excellence and success. The hpc is situated on the grounds of the University of Pretoria’s Sports Grounds (LC de Villiers). These facilities annually attract international athletes, as well as local sporting bodies for training camps or specific team preparation.
The hpc has become the preferred location for Team South Africa pre-departure camps. It is also the preferred centre of specialisation for a significant number of national federation teams.
The hpc Academy Programme is a sporting initiative that has been endorsed by several national sporting federations in South African sport. The following sporting groups have been accommodated into the Academy Programme: Judo South Africa’s high performance programme, SA Table Tennis’s resident squad, Rowing South Africa (ROWSA)’s resident squad, the South African Football Association (SAFA)’s women’s under 19 Basetsana squad, the South African Golf Development Board Academy, Triathlon South Africa’s centre of specialisation and high performance programme, the Tuks Gymnastics Academy, the Tuks Swimming Academy, the Tuks Taekwondo Academy, the Tuks Athletics Academy, the Tuks Squash Academy and the Tuks Golf Academy.
The Academy Programme is currently supported by various international sporting federations and many African federations have enrolled their talented sportsmen and sportswomen into the programme. These include Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast. Athletes from these countries form part of the hpc and compete in the local club, provincial and national competitions as part of their performance development.
The hpc is a valuable asset, not only to the University, but also to the country, and is a model for future centres of excellence
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The Institute for Sports Research strives to combine, structure and integrate existing unaddressed Sport Scientific and Biokinetics requirements incorporated within the training, service and research responsibility of the UP, with those of established or envisaged academic departments.
Research is undertaken in an ad hoc and continuous manner on a co-ordinated, interdisciplinary and specialised basis, with the aim of publishing research results.
Training of post-graduate and undergraduate Human Movement Science students by enriching their research and community service exposure.
Sport Testing The demands of international competition are becoming increasingly strenuous. It is essential that South African sports participants and coaches keep abreast of the latest sport science information, which can contribute to the optimisation of sports performances.
Modern test equipment and expert staff are available to participants.
We offer the following:
- Medical Aid Testing
- General Fitness
- Corporate Health Testing
- High Performance Sport Testing
- Contract Research
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