Building faster and better athletes

2017-04-11 17:35
African Sport Training Academy (ASTA) managing director Ricardo Siljeur, Heathfield High School Sports Master Wesley Neuwmann and ASTA COO ziyaad Parker at the launch of the performance centre at Heathfield High.

African Sport Training Academy (ASTA) managing director Ricardo Siljeur, Heathfield High School Sports Master Wesley Neuwmann and ASTA COO ziyaad Parker at the launch of the performance centre at Heathfield High.

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Heathfield High School officially launched the sports performance centre which will go a long way in helping learners and the greater community to keep fit.

The official opening ceremony was on Saturday 1 April where those attending were showed the classes that will be taking place at the centre and the equipment that will be used.

The school has a rich history of sport and the performance centre will improve the body conditioning for the learners. The centre was made possible by African Sport Training Academy (ASTA) based in Athlone. The centre will offer bootcamps, spinning, pilates to keep everyone fit

Ricardo Siljeur, managing director for ASTA says this is what the school need to produce athletes that can compete national or even be professionals.

“Our aim by having the performance centre at the school is to improve strength and the ability for the learners. We want them to be fit which will help them to be faster and better athletes.

We have come together to put this facility as the school is well known for their rich athletes history so this can only help them to perform better. The centre is very vital as it will improve the health of the learners, concentrate and improve the strength of their bodies,” he says,

The performance centre has equipment which was sponsored by Virgin active. A total of R50 000 was spent in putting everything together. “Though we still need more or less the same amount to get the centre where we want it to be we are grateful that it is up and running and it will be very beneficial to the surroundings schools and the community as a whole,” says Siljeur.

“The facility is for everyone. Through a booking system other schools will be able to use it as well. We want to produce children that are healthy and fit. So other schools will be allowed to come and use the facility,” he says.

Apart from the centre being for learners it will also help the community as they will be allowed to use it.

“Whilst working on this project we looked around there area to see if there was a fitness place or a gym and there was none. So this centre will also help the community. There will be classes for the broader community after hours at a very reduced price. The money will go into paying the facilitators which will be taking the classes and they will be from the area. Also part of the money will go to helping the school,” adds Siljeur.

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