High Performance Sport Academy

SAS also known as Stellenbosch Academy of Sport is a world class training and preparation destination.

Opened in 2012, SAS is a custom-built facility dedicated to the needs of professional teams and high performance athletes. Stellenbosch and SAS cater for many sport codes, including: triathlon, swimming, cycling, athletics, mountain biking, rugby, football, cricket, field hockey, golf.

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.


Why SAS and 3YO?

In addition to the world class facilities, Stellenbosch and SAS offers: A sport-rich heritage, within a vibrant University town; excellent climate; minimal “lost time” for travelling European athletes and professional on-site staff that understand professional sport. Where 3YO teamed with SAS to take the headache out of your planning your training in terms of exclusive access & guided open water swim locations; knowledge of best known routes, downloaded GPS routes, backup car to ensure ultimate safety & comfort (snacks & drinks, first aid kit, mechanical repair kit ) to your cycling and ultimate guided running routes in and around Stellenbosch.

Training Facilities

The SAS facilities and layout are aimed to providing the perfect training environment.

On-site training facilities at SAS includes: Five outdoor grass fields (great for recovery runs) ; Covered/indoor training arena (synthetic, 50mx40m); Grass 400m athletic track; 25m Outdoor swimming pool

Off-Site Stellenbosch training facilities 1.5km from SAS accessible to SAS/3YO clients, includes: World Class Swimming pools (Outdoor heated 50m-10 lane,Outdoor 25m-14 lane, Indoor 25m); IAAF Athletics stadium; Road and off-road Cycling and Running tracks



SAS Physiotherapy Practice consults with private clients, contracted sport teams as well as 3YO clients. SAS focus is on integrating their treatment and rehabilitation interventions into the 3YO athletes’ training programme. There are three full-time physiotherapists on-site, working closely with leading health professionals and sport medicine practitioners. SAS pride themselves on their rehabilitation skills and track record – focusing on safe, research-based, accelerated protocols.

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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 SAS/3YO clients. The two-level gym has cutting-edge cardiovascular, strength, power and other equipment. SAS’s gym is serviced by experienced strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and other specialists who are available to assist and support all your requirements.

Included services

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


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.

Sas Rooms

Athlete restaurant

The SAS Athlete restaurant serving sport nutritional menu which can be tailored to specific requirements. 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. SAS has an experienced and creative culinary team, headed up by an Executive Chef. Although SAS have a five-week menu cycle with standardised recipes, SAS are flexible and can cater for your individualised catering and nutritional requirements.

Other SAS facilities and features

SAS is fully equipped boardroom and meeting rooms. The SAS accommodation includes athlete lounge and coffee bars which typically has “Olympic Village” feel with relaxation/recovery pool. SAS is centrally located and within 5 minute walk to restaurants, coffee bars, centre of town; 10 min to golf courses, wine farms; 25 min to ocean; 40 min to Cape Town Waterfront, Airport. To ensure your safety it has 24hr security. SAS is not open to the public – guaranteeing only elite sports people are in the facility.

SAS/3YO offer includes

Subject to availability and specific requirements, is typically fully inclusive of the following on-site services:
o Accommodation (fully serviced)
o Daily sport nutritional meals & all-day fresh fruit
o Meeting rooms (with A V equipment)
o Access to training fields and indoor arena at SAS
o Access to state-of-the-art gymnasium
o Team physiotherapy areas
o Access to recovery pool and ice bath
o Complimentary WIFI voucher
o Team laundry (training and match kit)

Additional on-site services at SAS that are available at reasonable rates include:

o Sport science testing and assessments
o Physiotherapy, sport massage and rehabilitation services
o Sport medicine services (incl. on-site doctor)
o Specialist visual skills services of Dr Sherylle Calder (EyeGym)
o Consumables and equipment (sport strapping, tape, braces, bicycles, technical equipment, etc)
o Laundry services (for individual laundry)
o Internet access (should additional be required)
o Transport / airport transfers

Together with 3YO, SAS takes pride in understanding our clients and their sport objectives whilst at SAS and are able to tailor their services to suit your particular requirements.

Our Pricing Plans

For any questions regarding our pricing plans above, don’t hesitate to contact us!

International flights. All drinks other than specified. Additional meals, gratuities other than with included meals. All items of a personal nature. Activities/tours not specified Visa fees (not needed on most passports). Travel and medical insurance