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The Tuks Sports Campus is housed at the UP Hatfield Campus and the university’s expansive sports facilities (on 760 000 m2 of land that stands at 1500 m above sea level) at the L C de Villers Sports Grounds.

This Sports Centre sees 9 000 students actively involved during the course of year, has 30 sports clubs, and 10 academies. 1 000 volunteers form part of this internationally recognised facility to help make it the success it is.

The Campus has an events coordination department that hosts projects and events from small training course to seminars, workshops and conferences. Also closing ceremonies, meetings and other functions are hosted for local and international events.


  • A leader in the field of sport participation and management both locally and internationally;
  • A professional home for athletes and volunteers who participate in Tuks Sport programmes;
  • A catalyst for sports development by adding value and making a contribution towards sustainable sports programmes in the larger South African community. 


  • Service and Leadership 
  • Integrity and Accountability 
  • Collaborative Effort
  • Ownership
  • Evaluation 
  • Equity


  • BSportSci - Bachelor of Sports Sciences
  • BSport Sciences with Option Golf
  • BA Human Movement Science Option: Sports Psychology
  • BA (Human Movement Science)
  • Full Time Certificate Course in Spots Sciences ( for sportsmen who want to pursue a career in sports such as agents, spots tourism, gym managers and co-ordinators as schools and others.

 Indoor Sports Centre

( at the L C de Villiers Sports Grounds)

  • Main hall with 3 000 permanent seats (1 600 m2
  • 2 courts each for netball, basketball and volleyball and 8 for badminton
  • 1 Gymnastics hall
  • 3 Halls for judo, karate, badminton, fencing, table tennis, basketball and volleyball
  • Fitness, strength and conditioning centre (student gymnasium)
  • Sport laboratory with rehabilitation gymnasium 
  • Auditorium (150 seats) 
  • Committee and lecture rooms, Restaurants and cafeteria, Barbecue area, rooms for medical doctor and physiotherapists, 2 function rooms (capacity 100 and 250 people)
  • Heated indoor swimming pool (12 m)
  • Climbing wall

Outdoor Facilities

( at the L C de Villiers Sports Grounds)

  • Tartan Athletics Stadium (track and field) 
  • 3 000 seat pavilion with 2 000 informal seating on grass embankment 
  • Facilities for throwing and jumping events 
  • Grass track with tartan strips for turning, hurdles and all jumps 
  • 2 Hammer and discuss throwing circles 
  • Cross country track with 2 routes (1 km and 2 km)
  • Dam for canoeing
  • Cricket oval
  • Clubhouses, 4 cricket ovals, 24 cricket nets 98 all weather
  • Hockey complex
  • 7 Grass hockey fields 
  • 3 Netball and 3 basketball all weather courts
  • Rugby Stadium to accommodate 4 500 people and another 4 000 on grass embankment
  • 6 Rugby fields with flood lights (1 sharing with soccer)
  • Numerous Football fields 9 with training level flood lights 
  • 7 Squash courts
  • Olympic Standard Swimming pool complex with 1 heated 50 m pool and pavilion with 3 000 seats
  • Committee and lecture rooms
  •  Restaurants and cafeteria with Barbecue areas
  • Doctors Rooms : Medical Doctor and Physiotherapists
  • 2 function rooms accommodating 100 and 250 people
  • 25 m heated pool 
  • 22 All-weather tennis courts.
  • 1 beach volleyball court.

Notable mention

The High Performance Centre (HPC) accommodates the following sporting groups into the programme: 

  • SA Tennis Association Performance Centre and resident squad (SATA), 
  • SA Table Tennis resident squad, Rowing South Africa resident squad (ROWSA), Swimming SA National Training Centre and resident squad (NTC), SAFA women’s under 19 Basetsana squad,
  • SA Golf Development Board, Gymnastics, 
  • Tuks Swimming, Tuks Tao Kwando, Tuks Athletics, Tuks Squash and Tuks Golf academies.
  • Archery, Aquatics, Aikido, Athletics
  • Badminton, Bodybuilding, Basketball
  • Chess, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling
  • Dance, Fencing, Football
  • Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Softball
  • Judo, Karate, Lifesaving, Netball
  • Rowing, Rugby, Squash, Swimming
  • Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon
  • Driekamp, Underwater Hockey
  • Volleyball, Water polo, Wrestling


In 2002 The High Performance Centre launched the Institute for Sport Research, the Sports Law Centre and the Sport Science and Medical Unit.

In May 2002 South Africa’s first elite performance sports facility was launched, the High Performance Centre. This facility is housed at the Pretoria University’s L C de Villiers Sports Campus. This has been a boon for the South African sporting community.

In 2007 93 senior Proteas and Springboks were trained as professional sportsmen as well as 4 South African rugby union team captains

In 2010 the FIFA world cup national football team from Argentina was hosted by the HPC. 

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