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UoW Adams Centre for High Performance

Our Background

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What is now a state-of-the-art centre of sporting excellence was once a vacant building that has been transformed by Bay Venues and Tauranga City Council.

The Centre’s partnership with the University of Waikato has taken the facility from being a high performance gym to also being a leading provider of testing and research into sport science and human performance.

A number of sporting tenants call the Centre home alongside various onsite sports services. The first-class equipment and sports science technology draw in high-performance athletes from all around New Zealand.

High quality sports physiotherapy is provided by Body in Motion with massage therapy, podiatry and sports medicine also available. Additionally, the Adams Academy membership provides support and guidance for emerging athletes.


Strength & Conditioning Programmes

Our strength & conditioning coaches provide individualised training to suit your sport.


High Performance Gym

650m2 gym packed with top-of-the-line equipment and a four lane sprint track.


Sports Services

Physiotherapy treatments, nutrition and sports psychology consultations are available onsite.

Our Vision

The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance will:

  • Put Tauranga on the map as a destination for high performance sport

  • Attract and retain world class athletes (in the past high-potential athletes have relocated to other centres due to inadequate training facilities)

  • Be used to implement and promote community sport and develop initiatives

  • Build community pride through the attraction of high performance athletes and sports teams

  • Be the epicentre of cutting edge sport science, research, and technology capabilities thanks to the strategic partnership with the University of Waikato

Success Stories

Find out what our Adams Academy athletes get up to outside the gym. From winning gold at the NZ Wrestling National Championships to qualifying for the Freeride Junior World Championships - our athletes are achieving incredible results here in New Zealand and on the world stage.

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"I love [the Adams Academy] and feel very lucky and privileged to train in such a safe amazing environment full of people who work hard and train hard for their chosen sports."

Response from Adams Academy Survey, 2020