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The University

Stellenbosch University is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. The scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.

The Coetzenburg Sports environment is formed out of a certain number of role players and facilities that offer a wide variety of services to high performance athletes. Below is a summary of what you can expect to find at Coetzenburg for your training, testing and recovery needs.


Stellenbosch University recently established a new unit for Neuromechanics (also known as the Human Movement Analysis facility) within the Central Analytical Facilities (CAF) to support a wide range of human movement research in healthcare, engineering and sport.

Neuromechanics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates neuroscience and biomechanics to understand how the human nervous system and musculoskeletal system interact to control movements. Knowledge of how human movement is controlled and organized in different contexts play a critical role in efforts to improve the health and well-being of society in a number of fields.

For more information on the CAF Lab click here www.sun.ac.za/caf


Sports Physio Lab                     

The Sport Physiology Laboratory at Stellenbosch University recognises that we have a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to certain sports. We provide an integrated service programme that combines state of the art physical assessment, individualised exercise prescription (in consultation with the coach), periodic performance reviews and re-assessments.

Through this integrated approach we can play an important role in developing and maximising the athletic potential of all athletes, eliminating the guesswork from their training and optimising their training time. For example, many athletes already train with heart rate monitors; however, this is only one step in the right direction. One has to establish specific heart rate training zones to really optimise one’s training and this is best done under controlled conditions in a laboratory.

For more information on the Sports Physio Lab click here: www.exerciselabatsun.co.za/

Stellenbosch Biokinetics


Situated at the foot of the breathtaking Stellenbosch mountain, this centre is a training facility that forms part of the Sport Science Department of the University of Stellenbosch, providing quality service in a relaxed yet professional environment.
Biokinetics is the profession concerned with health promotion, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation, by means of scientifically-based physical activity programme prescription.

For more information on Stellenbosch Biokinetics click here: http://biokinatsun.co.za/biokinetics/


Francois Retief Sports and Wellness


Specialising in spoiling customers with great sport massages, manually manipulating soft tissue, all the while looking at enhancing your recovery, prevention and rehabilitation. Other services include structural therapy, personal training, strapping and taping.

For more information on Francois Retief Sports and Wellness click here: www.facebook.com/frsportand/

Maties Gymnasium


Maties Health and Fitness Centre is situated in the heart of Stellenbosch at the Coetzenburg Sport Complex. It is in immediate vicinity of almost all of the University’s key sporting facilities, sporting codes, academic and research sports faculties and health services including, physiotherapy and biokinetics.

The 3808 Square Metre Gymnasium offers the following:

  •  Cardiovascular exercises for general fitness and to strengthen the heart
  •  Indoor running track
  •  Weight training
  •  High Performance centre
  •  25m Indoor swimming pool
  •  50m Outdoor swimming pool
  •  A Kiosk offering a variety of healthy options
  •  Sufficient free parking
  •  Health Screening
  •  Personalized Exercise Programme Design