Institute for Sport Science and Sport Development
fidelity award: Bronze
SPORTS AND FACILITIES
Permanent sports in the centre:
Altitude training environment - 1530m above sea level
Sport facilities: Grass (training) and synthetic athletics tracks;
Astro-turf hockey fields;
Rugby fields (our major sport at the University);
1 high performance sport gymnasium + 2 other general public gymnasiums within walking distance;
Excellent surroundings for road running and cycling;
We are currently already handling some 1100 international athletes during our summer months (Sept-April).
Some athletes like Jan Zelesny, Mick Hill, Jonathan Edwards and Spanish Soccer Team (2010 FIFA World Cup winners as well as many others regard our facilities and the country-side atmosphere as the best in the world.
Support services: Full extent Sport Science and Sports Medicine support services;
Study arrangement, available for athletes in the centre or externally: In the University
Admission athletes of other countries for training under fees:yes
Residence number of beds - several at 3 levels: Basic (1 star) can accommodate some 150 athletes (bed only - breakfast elsewherre) 3 Star 2-4 bed units - can accommodate 60 (bed only but with own small kitchen/unit. 4 Star - 80 rooms - 2 bed units (fully equipped - restaurant on ground floor (see website www.nwu.ac.za/sportsvillage) .It has heated swimming pool, lecture hall. coaches meeting room, massage/physio facility - walking distance from HP gymnasium. Apart from that, there are also various guest houses and hotels available in town. Special rates have been negotiated at these facilities.
Excellent game farms and other entertainment close-by
ENVIRONMENT (enviromental conditions)
Altitude: 1530m above sea level
Average temperature autumn 20
Average temperature spring 24
Average temperature summer 32
Average temperature winter 17
Thunderstorms/rain during summer months - especially late afternoon