It is a world-class, state-of-the-art training facility offering the finest amenities to participating athletes, specifically tailored to enhance performance and maintain development.

The words "elite" and "excellence" roll off the tongue when applied to the business of professional sport - the modern day extension of the games played centuries ago by the world's forefathers. Those same forefathers may have used sticks and bits of rock to generate some form of physical activity, but the nature of sport has evolved so much, to the extent that sport is no longer solely a leisure activity, but also a multi-million dollar business and a viable, prospective career for promising youngsters to aspire to.

There is, however, no point in aspiring to a career of mediocrity, and in the cut-throat world of modern day professional sport, elite performance is the benchmark for success, satisfaction and fulfilling one's potential.

The Stellenbosch Academy of Sport seeks to provide the environment in which to develop and train, in order to attain that 'excellence of performance'.

The Academy offers an all-encompassing world-class facility, situated in the beautiful South African winelands of Stellenbosch. 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.

SAS has a staff compliment of over thirty to service the needs and support resident and visiting teams and athletes. Our client facing team members include:

Rob Benadie CEO
Johan van Wyk Manager Performance Unit
Toni van Hoeweninge Senior Physiotherapist
Jaco Louw Executive Chef
Hannes Prinsloo Conditioning Coach
Tracy Ellis Physiotherapist
Pieter Liebenberg Manager Hospitality
Llewelyn Morkel Conditioning Coach
Stephan Jordaan Facilities Liaison

Board members are Neville Williams, Pieter Louw, Morne du Plessis, Lucas Verwey, Marlene Coetzee-George , Rob Benadie (CEO)

"To be recognised as a world class, professional, sport training and preparation environment."

Nestled in the Cape Winelands, in the vibrant sport rich university town of Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport is situated in the perfect location in which to train and prepare for your next assignment.

  • Walking distance to centre of town, coffee shops and recreational activities
  • 35km from Cape Town International Airport
  • 55km from Newlands Rugby Stadium
  • 60km from Cape Town's Table Mountain

Away from the distractions of urban city life, but with enough of a developed infrastructure, the town of Stellenbosch has a culture and history of academic learning and sports excellence.


The Stellenbosch climate sees summers that are dry and warm to hot, with some February and March days rising to over 40°c. Summer is from October to March, with temperatures averaging 22°c to 34°c (60°f to 94°f). Winters are cool, rainy and sometimes quite windy, with daytime temperatures averaging 16°c. Winter temperatures can drop quite significantly and persistent rain does have the potential to disrupt outdoor training. But, with the state-of-the-art indoor grass facility, wet weather is not a deterrent.

The Stellenbosch Academy of Sport service offering is that of a world class, all-year, elite sport training facility, incorporating best-of-breed practices, experts and facilities, to encourage the development of elite, high-performance sports achievement.

SAS and Stellenbosch is able to provide professional services and facilities to most athletes and sport codes, including:

  • rugby
  • football
  • cricket
  • field hockey
  • athletics
  • cycling and mountain biking
  • golf
  • swimming

Visiting sports teams both local and international will appreciate the environment and the Academy believes in building partnerships with athletes, clubs, franchises and international teams, who are looking for a facility in which to prepare for their next assignment. The Academy has positioned itself as a venue of choice for elite teams, athletes, technical staff and administrators.

The SAS gymnasium is a world class, high performance environment that will cater for all your conditioning goals. It is exclusively for the use of our SAS clients.

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

Our gym is serviced by experienced strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and other specialists who are available to assist and support all your requirements.

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.

Our 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.

Sport massages can also be arranged.

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.

Furthermore, the Academy is located in close proximity to both the university and Paul Roos Gymnasium secondary school, with both institutions offering supplementary facilities to those enjoyed by the Academy's world class offering.

The training facilities at the University of Stellenbosch, which are five minute's walk away include:

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

SAS has at its disposal and can 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

Our comprehensive, integrated sports-specific conditioning programmes are designed to understand the needs and demands of elite, high performance athletes and deliver maximum results.

Our Strength & Conditioning coaches have multi-sport experience and work with athletes and teams from the development phase through to the performance, elite arena.

Services include:

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

The Physiotherapy Practice consults with private clients as well as contracted sport teams.

Our focus is on integrating our treatment and rehabilitation interventions into the athletes’ training programme. There are three full-time physiotherapists on-site, working closely with leading health professionals and sport medicine practitioners.

We pride ourselves on our rehabilitation skills and track record – focusing on safe, research-based, accelerated protocols.

Sport massage services are also catered for.

There is a 62-room sports accommodation facility at the Academy, which is professionally co-managed by the internationally recognised Southern Sun Hotel Group.

The facility comes with secure private parking, which is access controlled. Within the accommodation facility, each room offers two extra-long single beds, en-suite bathroom, 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.

Only the highest quality products are used. All meals are freshly prepared and flavoured with herbs from our own organic herb garden. No preservatives, colourants or sauces are used.

We have an experienced and creative culinary team, headed up by an Executive Chef.

Although we have a five-week menu cycle with standardised recipes, we are flexible and can cater for your individualised catering and nutritional requirements.

We also provide banqueting for conferences, functions and events at SAS.

The Academy offers three conference or team rooms that together seat 80 people, and that are fully equipped with the required automated technical and audio visual equipment.

  • The boardroom seats at least 16 and has separate access with coffee bar
  • The conference areas can be separated or opened up and leads onto an external balcony
  • The facility is ideal for team meetings, press conferences, etc

Based in Newlands, Cape Town, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) was founded in 1994 and exists to “enhance the sporting performance and health of all South Africans”.

SSISA is at the forefront of sport science and research, and as managing agent of the Academy, lends all its experience and expertise to SAS.

SAS can also make available the specialist SSISA service offerings to visiting athletes and teams at SAS.

Visit SSISA website

Enhancing eye-hand, foot and body co-ordination works to improve response skills. EyeGym is a high tech online software programme devised by visual skills scientist and leader in the field of visual performance training Dr. Sherylle Calder. EyeGym works under the pretense that when players see more, they can assess the situation much quicker, exercise their options, and ultimately make better decisions.

Having both eyes move, align and focus as a team enhances an athlete’s ability to interpret and understand the potential visual information that is available. Through its revolutionary programme, EyeGym seeks to do just that – improve visual co-ordination and response skills. Dr. Calder has worked with numerous sports teams and athletes, including:

  • 2007 Springbok World Cup rugby winners
  • 2003 England World Cup rugby winners
  • Golfers Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Robert Karlsson amongst others
  • Leading Formula 1 team
  • Various international football teams
  • International field hockey
  • Davis Cup tennis players
  • Proteas cricket team

Visit EyeGym website

Our on-site Physician, Dr Herman Kotzé, is based at SAS. He attends to all our athletes’ needs, but his practice is also open to the general public.

He is dedicated to providing comprehensive and quality care to athletes, promoting lifelong fitness and wellness, and encourages prevention of illness and injury.

He seeks to help the patient maximize function and minimize disability.

Local and international individuals and teams that require a professional training and preparation environment and/or sport services such as specialised conditioning and rehabilitation. The Academy also hosts delegates attending courses or conferences.

The Academy is the proud home of The SA Sevens Rugby Team and The Western Province Rugby Institute. The players, coaches and management staff of these teams are permanently based at the Academy.

The Academy provides you with a professional environment where you can base yourself and team for any period of time to optimally prepare for an event or competition. Our knowledgeable team can tailor your visit to your specific requirements so that you can focus on your performance objectives.

W.P. Rugby Institute
Springbok Sevens

National Triathlon Athletes (Germany, Australia)
SA U20 Rugby Team
PAMPAS Vodacom Cup Rugby Team (Argentina)
Saracens Rugby Club (UK)
Rugby Coach and Referee Educational Programmes/Courses (International Rugby Board)
International Dance Group (Cuba)

"Great facility, amazing atmosphere for preparation. Congrats SAS." – Rodrigo Jimenez Salice (Pampas)
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1 Krige Street, Stellenbosch
Western Cape, South Africa, 7600
PO Box 456, Stellenbosch
Western Cape, South Africa, 7599
t +27 (0) 21 861 7800
f +27 (0) 86 580 9805