The new aquatics centre’s pool will be indoor and big enough for two matches, or two sets of concurrent training sessions, and heated to allow for training all year round. It will have modern change rooms & abutions for both home and away teams with a new, safe, direct access route created to cross the road from Highlands Primary into both the aquatics centre, as well as the Goldschmidt Building.
Water sports attract large participation by Herzlian pupils with water polo currently the biggest sport at Herzlia with over 200 pupils (boys and girls) participating in what has become Herzlia’s signature sport. Herzlia competes in water polo against top sporting schools, both locally and nationally. Pupils already train as much as possible, when weather permits, during the year from 06h30 in the morning before school with Herzlia pupil’s dedication and passion above and beyond.
Andries van Renssen, UHS Executive Director says “I am over the moon about the great news that we have secured two significant donors to help fund the centre. The construction of an aquatic centre gives the school a central hub with recreational and communal areas for pupils. As the aquatic centre sits in the most magnificent setting – overlooking Table Mountain – the roof cover was designed in such a way that it showcases the magnificent view. A central kikar (plaza) will further transform the space into an interconnected facility that creates a central cafeteria and indoor-outdoor meeting spaces.”
Shane Brorson, High School Principal says “construction will take several months and we’ve got plans in place with local pools which we will use during this time. While there may be some expected disruption we hope to continue receiving support from the school community during this short period buoyed by the reality we’ll soon have an incredible Aquatics Centre which will elevate sports across all age groups. Our pupils will be able to specialise in their sport of choice and have the opportunity to condition themselves with the necessary pre-season training.”
Geoff Cohen, Director of Jewish Identity and Community says that “a brand-new pool complex is exciting and creates a sense of hype for the future. Having a one-of-a-kind facility with a one-of-a-kind view puts Herzlia on the map! It will allow us to host our own tournaments, as well as help nurture and grow the pupils’ passion for sports and improve their overall skill level. This is an exciting further investment in our water sports in the future on the back of our appointing Britt Hyland and her team from AquaSharks who, earlier this year, took over the ‘learn-to-swim’ lessons to all Alon Ashel Pre-Primary and Weizmann Primary curriculum.”
Ross Van Schoor, newly appointed as Head of Aquatics at Herzlia High School, explains that the ”building of the new aquatics centre brings about many opportunities for growth in fitness, skills development and achieving sporting excellence. A state-of-the-art facility will help take Herzlia sport to the next level.”