High Performance Centre

The multi-million rand indoor sports centre, situated on the City Lords Fields overlooking the astroturf and rugby field, is set to change the face of sport at Kingswood.   

Built on the site of the original Captain Rich Shooting Range, the High Performance centre caters for a host of various sporting disciplines and other multi-purpose activities.  It has ground and mezzanine levels that serve different purposes but combine to form a genuinely impressive sports facility.

The predominant feature of the ground level is the massive main playing surface. The flooring is the result of months of intensive research and investigation into indoor sports surfaces around the world by the construction team, to find a surface that was truly multi-purpose in nature but that also extremely durable and aesthetically pleasing.  The main playing hall will provide for five indoor cricket nets, as well as full sized basketball, netball and indoor hockey courts. 

A fully equipped and well ventilated weights room is another exciting feature of the ground level. Here, students and HPC members will have access to strength and conditioning machinery and equipment that can cater for large groups of people at a time. A large storage area for gymnastics and sports equipment, is located next to the weights room. 

Also on the ground level are suites for a biokineticist and physiotherapist who will play a major role in the prevention and management of injuries for Kingswood athletes and sports teams. Adjacent to these suites is a kitchen and hosting area that will be used to cater for events and sporting fixtures. 

The mezzanine floor boasts a circuit area that has been specially designed to provide athletes and members with a fully body workout to meet their particular physical needs. A wooden floor is situated at the centre of this wing as a venue for all dance, stretch, aerobics and routine workouts. A cardiovascular/aerobic area equipped with machinery and equipment with a particular emphasis on aerobic training is the other major feature of this level. 

Also on the mezzanine floor is  a climbing wall, the offices of the College Head of Sport and Sports Administrator, as well as ladies and gents toilets and changing rooms and ablution facilities. This level has a 360 degree viewing platform which also serves as a running track. 

The new Kingswood facility will be used predominantly by pupils of the College, Old Kingswoodians and parents.  It will also be the home of the Kingswood High Performance Cricket Programme. The newly appointed High Performance professional cricket coach will oversee the programme as well as play a role in the management of the centre. 

The HPC will be truly multi-purpose in nature as it will also play host to several other activities such as school dances, fund raising events and will be a major examination venue for Grade 12 students in particular. 

Looking ahead, we hope that the HPC will afford all our students that something ‘extra’. We hope that will give our top athletes the base and support that they need to excel at the highest level, whilst we also hope that will act as a catalyst in instilling in every child an appreciation of the benefits of being regularly involved in physical activity and sport in general.

 

 

 

 

 

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