The Home of Dreams

by | Jul 4, 2008

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The High
Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria has become the "Home of Dreams" to a
number of our elite sports men and
women, many of whom will be flying the South African flag at the Beijing
Olympics next month The HPC was launched in May 2002 by then Minister of Sport,
Ngconde Balfour to provide an environment in which South Africa’s talented sports
stars could be developed in an integrated and holistic manner.

The HPC is
highly rated internationally, with a more than 70% return clientele. Up to
50 international teams/groups train at the facility annually. One of the HPC’s
highlights includes being awarded the contract by SASCOC and the Sport &
Recreation South Africa to service the South African athletes in preparations
for Beijing.

The facility
also hosts numerous world record holders, Olympic gold medalists & world
champions in their preparation for major international events, provides sports
science service to top international and local athletes, develops top SA
talented youth through its sport school and academy programmes, and plays a
pivotal role in talent identification and development of previously disadvantaged
youth.

20080704HPC3.jpgSome of the
women’s teams that train at the HPC include the SA Women’s Cricket team,
National Women’s Soccer team, Banyana Banyana, Springbok women’s rugby, and the
National women’s hockey, volleyball, and basketball teams.

The facility
is situated on the University
of Pretoria sports
grounds and hosts a four-star hotel and four-star budget accommodation,
restaurant, gymnasium, sports science and medical unit, and auditorium.

Athletes
also have access to world class sports facilities of the University of
Pretoria, including a heated Olympic pool, tartan track, rugby and soccer
fields, tennis and squash courts, hockey astro, indoor sports centre, HPC gym –
cardio section, Olympic lifts section, spinning bikes, and testing room.

Hettie de Villiers,
Exco member and Principal of TuksSport school, told gsport that the HPC
attracts athletes because it offers a centralized "resort" service (transport,
accommodation & training facilities) and a complete sport science testing,
rehabilitation, and recovery.

If an
athlete is keen to train at the High Performance Centre, she needs needs to be
accepted through an application process in order to be placed on an HPC
program. Application procedures can be found on the HPC website (www.hpc.co.za) under "academies".

The aim of
the HPC going forward is to focus on improving its knowledge and understanding
of servicing athletes & coaches as well as identifying and developing
talented youth. There is a big focus on international trends and expertise as
well as developing its own unique services through research. The HPC believes
in good, honest service to its clients, and its belief is backed up by positive
feedback from athletes and coaches alike.

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Contact the HPC:  

Phone: 012 362
9800

E-mail: [email protected]

Website:
www.hpc.co.za <http://www.hpc.co.za/>
  

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