Durban - Durban’s sporting landscape is set for a major shot in the arm after confirmation that a state-of-the-art high performance centre will open its doors in May.
The Prime Human Performance Institute (PHPI) will add another dimension to the city and bring it on par with the likes of Cape Town, Pretoria and Rustenburg.
All three are major drawcards for top international teams and stars due to highly-recognised facilities - the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, the High Performance Centre and the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus.
Approximately R12 million has been invested in the coastal facility, which will be based at Moses Mabhida Stadium, one of the prime venues for the 2010 World Cup.
“Basically it will be a one-stop shop for everything and we are very proud to be able to present such a facility,” said PHPI chief executive officer Brandon Goodenough.
Premier Soccer League (PSL) club AmaZulu are one of the key stakeholders in the project, while other partners include the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Investec International Rugby Academy.
Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts said the facility would offer the national team an alternate option for future training camps,
He also believed it was a major draw card to prevent athletes from leaving the east coast.
“We are a breeding ground for a lot of athletes and a lot of them end up leaving Durban because up until now there hasn't been a facility like this,” Roberts said.
“So it’s really for us to offer them something in their back garden where they can get the training, conditioning and the rehabilitation that they require without going out of the province.”
Among its features, the facility is expected to boast the only high altitude simulation centre on the continent.