Top Sports Academies in South Africa

South Africa is buzzing with sporting talent, but professional sports stars like Wayde Van Niekerk and Caster Semenya rely on specialist coaches to hone their talent into medal-winning performances. We’d like to highlight a few of these coaching centres across the country that are doing a brilliant job at shaping the sporting talent we have.

1. Into the Net – Netball Academy
Founded in 2011 by Lushinka and Colleen Scott, the academy wants to grow the passion for and awareness of netball. Into the Net has played its part so well that several netball Academy girls have reached provincial and national ranks. Having fun is always their goal, but the Academy places emphasis on teaching the girls to be confident in their abilities. To register, visit

2. FAPLUS – Football Academy Plus
Offering professional football coaching and training for the ages of 8 – 18 years old, Football Academy Plus is committed to enhancing each player’s soccer performance. With a total of 240 players and 12 academies around South Africa, Football Academy Plus is certainly making their mark. They are sponsored by Fifa, Puma, and GELFA. Apply for trials online at

3. Sportweni
The academy started in 1974 by two south coasters, Johan Perold and Leon Scholtz, who saw a need for sports tours for kids during the school holidays. Sportweni specialises in rugby, netball, cricket, golf, hockey, and soccer for primary and secondary students. They offer intensive training weeks and provide trained sports coaches to supervise the courses. Apply online at

4. Investec Academy
The Investec Rugby Academy is one of the leading rugby academies in South Africa. Not only do they specialise in courses for rugby players, but for rugby coaches as well. Their primary goal is to develop excellent rugby players and further their rugby careers. They also have a sister academy for hockey – The Investec Hockey Academy.  Register online and signup for a range of courses ranging from intensive five-day courses to one-on-one customised courses. Be sure to also check out their scholarship programme for budding young players at

5. Eastern Cape Academy of Sport
The Eastern Cape Academy of Sport specialises in a variety of services designed to provide their players and coaches with the best facilitation and support. In addition to player and coach courses, they offer a sports psychology program as well as sports science medical screening. The Academy believes in strengthening the mind and body of their athletes to compete at national and international elite levels. They offer training in athletics, swimming, boxing, netball, rugby and much more. Find out more about their courses at