Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

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Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Canadian practice RUFproject have completed a football training centre in Soweto, South Africa, with wooden louvres wrapping the upper parts of the structure.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Designed in conjunction with Nike Global Football Brand Design, the exterior walls of the rectangular building are rendered in local sandstone.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The upper part of the building overhangs the lower, providing shaded areas for players between matches.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Located on the ground floor, the gym and catering area face the pitch and have moveable screen façades, opening them up to the field.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The facility comprises two full-sized pitches, two smaller ones, a clubhouse, player lounge, offices, viewing deck, gym and changing rooms.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Photographs are by Julian Abrams unless otherwise stated.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

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Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The information below is from RUFproject:


Football Training Centre Soweto

Situated in the heart of Soweto, the Football Training Centre is the centre of football in South Africa, where 1200 teams and 20,000 footballers play each year.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

In less than 6 months, the facility was transformed into a state of the art football training centre - the first of it’s kind in Africa, and the rest of the world.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Designed by the Canadian firm, RUFproject in conjunction with the Nike Global Football Brand Design, the facility encompasses 2 new full sized artificial pitches, 2 junior turf pitches, new lighting, a clubhouse & player lounge, an education facility for the Grass Roots Soccer & Life Skillz program, a Training Gym, Physio & First Aid facility, a Product Trial, Catering, Administrative Offices, Viewing Deck and new Change Rooms.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The Clubhouse & Player’s Lounge house regular and in-depth tips and insights from Nike Athletes & Coaches and a place for coaches and players to focus on the tactical and strategic aspects of the game.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The concept was to create a clear but intricately woven relationship of spaces, linking the programmes of the facility visual and physically through "cuts" in the solid mass of the rectangular structure.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Each room has views to and from other areas of the building which creates an intricate and selective transparency between functions.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The facility has been design from the outset for and around the player, supporting the various aspects of their day.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Everything has been considered to make the facility flow and remain open, and at the same time manage the reality of creating a secure and safe place to play football.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The gym, product trial and catering functions have operable facades, opening them up to the field directly to the fields, and a player’s tunnel bisects the main building creating a direct connection from the change rooms with the field for the players.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The facade is clad in a local sandstone, and wrapped with a local timber louvre structure to mitigate the solar heat gain to the west, north and east facades.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Cantilevering over the pitches, the overhang provides shade before and after the game.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The south facade has it’s sandstone exposed and houses a growing list of players who distinguish themselves on and off the pitch - their names permanently a part of the building and it's future.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

The intent of the project was to provide a lasting home for football in the dynamic neighbourhood of Soweto that would continue on past the world cup.

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Location: Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Main Building Area: 1300sqm
Site Area: 54,800sqm

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Lead Architecture & Design: RUFproject
Lead Architect & Designer: Sean Pearson

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Nike Global Football
Creative Director: Andy Walker

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Local Professional Team:
Client: Nike South Africa

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Project Manager: Lynette Mollet

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Local Project Manager: SIP Project Managers Ltd.
Project Manager: Colin Cater

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Local Architect: MMA Architects
Lead: Luyanda Mpahlwa

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Above photograph is by Allan James Lipp

Local Structural Engineer: AKI Consulting Engineers
Lead: Denis Nash

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Above photograph is by Allan James Lipp

Local Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Spoormaker & Partners
Lead: Corrie Prinsloo

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

Local Graphic Agency: Grid Worldwide Branding & Design
Lead: Kevin Pillay

Football Training Centre Soweto by RUFproject

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Contrator: Rainbow Construction
Lead: Eddie Bishop

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  • johaneide

    Nice, love that the gym is facing the field! The sight of the grass will surely remind and motivate the players who are using those boring training apparatuses, why they are doing it. Clever design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542814330 Kanwal Deep Kapoor

    well done….

  • felix

    Lace up, save lives?