Information about Potchefstroom | HPI

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Information about Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom or Potch (as most people call it) is a University town of about 128,253 people, about 120km or 75miles to the south-west of Johannesburg.

It is the oldest town in the old Transvaal Province and has a rich history dating back to 1838. The North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) dominates the town which also boasts a permanent military base. Potchefstroom has for many years produced top sportsmen and women. Some of the more well known national sportspersons are Elroy Gelant,Sunette Viljoen, Willem Coertzen, Hezekiel Sepeng, Marius Corbett, Piet Goosen, Johan Claassen, Matt Proudfoot, Marius Hurter, Robert du Preez, Hannelie Arnoldi, Carina van Zyl and Sanet Meiring. Potch is also known as the "Home of Sport in the North West Province" with many provincial federations based locally. The town has already become "home-away-from-home" to many international athletes participating in many different sport codes.

Potch is popular for many reasons including being a university town with much to offer. It has very few industries and thus clean air and also a low crime rate. It has a good climate (especially during the cold northern hemisphere winters when it is our summer) and at 1400m altitude it offers a good balance between Altitude and Quality training. The North West University sports facilities in Potchefstroom, including the new NWU FNB High Performance Institute of Sport, are of an extremely high quality, and Potchefstroom boasts many other sports facilities that are world class. (see "Sports Facilities").

"One stop shop"
From our own experiences as athletes, coaches, sport scientists and sports lovers we strive to provide the best possible services and facilities to athletes and coaches visiting Potchefstroom. We strive to take care of all the requirements from arrival to departure. (see “Services” and “Accommodation”).


Updated by: Tebogo Motlogelwa