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Where Vision Meets Reality

A new world-class multi-disciplinary sports training and development campus has recently opened in Thousand Oaks. The 96,000-square-foot Sports Academy will host competitions, leagues, camps, clinics, and offer specialized programs to meet every athlete’s needs. Professional to amateur athletes, passionate sportspeople, senior citizens, moms and youth all receive the highest quality training of a caliber typically reserved for the elite athlete.

“We believe in individual excellence and elevating human character. We will facilitate and lead an athlete through their development process, forging their character with positivity and resilience to effectively lead themselves and others to achieve their highest goals,” states CEO Chad Faulkner.

Sports Academy’s comprehensive approach to athletic and human development encompasses mind, body and spirit through its integrated Centers of Excellence. The Sports Academy team is enriched by the expertise of prominent local coaches and athletes, including Hall of Fame coach Bill Reddell, AJ Moye, Erikka Gulbranson, Tim Penprase, Julie Bennett, Jenny Kenyon and Marcio Sicoli, an Olympic gold medal-winning beach volleyball coach.

Step Inside

The first thing that captures the attention at Sports Academy is its floor space. The campus includes five basketball/volleyball convertible courts, a 7,500-square-foot sand pit for beach volleyball, sand soccer and multiple training purposes, and a 5,000-square-foot turf zone for personalized skills training in football, lacrosse, baseball/softball, futsal and soccer.

“We will empower athletes of all ages and abilities with Full Circle development,” affirms Sports Academy Director of Athletics Tim Jensen. “To us, everyone who walks through our doors is an athlete and deserves the best of our highly acclaimed coaches, trainers and practitioners.”

Special Programs

The Integrated Sports Medicine Center, led by Dr. Beau Daniels, includes medical doctors, nurses, chiropractors, nutritionists, a holistic medical specialist, and massage and physical therapy. A biomechanics lab features a 24 camera marker-less system to assess physical performance and guide training protocols to help athletes reach their goals with individualized injury prevention training plans.

Mindset Development is led by Kathryn Scardino, M.Ed., and Devin Markle, M.Ed., both formally trained in sport psychology. Technologies utilized train athletes to focus, increase reaction times, expand peripheral vision and manage heart rate under duress. Through sports science technologies, the Center performs concussion protocol testing to determine if an athlete is cleared to return to play.

Nate Borunda, the NFL and NBA go-to guy for speed and agility training for pre-combine athletes, leads the Sports Performance Center. Nate is also renowned among Conejo Valley high school and middle school athletes for his proven training methodology. The Center has a 60-yard turf track equipped with electronic precision timing for speed/agility drills and the training room includes state-of-the-art equipment. For track athletes, there is a 30-meter Mondo track with hurdles and blocks for developing proper running form and optimizing specific skills in sprinting, hurdling and jumping.

Dieter’s Close Quarters Defense® (CQD®), a personal protection and empowerment training program, is an exclusive offering of Sports Academy. CQD® is the only validated and continuously used self-defense skills utilized by U.S. Navy SEAL teams for 25-plus years. Sports Academy’s CQD® is led by retired Navy SEAL and State Department CQD® lead instructor Angel Naves. CQD® training will teach personal protection defense skills, decision-making under duress and stress management, resulting in empowerment and self-confidence. Specialized programs are adaptable for all ages and organizations.

Sports Academy’s dynamic Learning Center led by Dr. Kellye McKinna offers individualized tutoring, specialized services for those with learning differences, test prep for PSAT, SAT, ACT and aptitude testing for professional athletes and home schoolers. Committed staff can guide students through the college application process and a dedicated recruiting coordinator assists families with athletes being recruited for college athletics.

Sports Academy Foundation, led by 1984 U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Champion and 20-year LPGA tour veteran Deb Richard, is committed to delivering intentional programs for social change. Programs target military veterans, physically disabled, individuals with learning differences, abuse survivors and people committed to winning in life despite facing significant economic barriers.

An exceptional experience would not be complete for athletes or parents (and sporting event fans) without wholesome foods to nourish the body. Farm & Flame runs the Courtside Café and offers organic farm fresh selections to complement its legendary Texas barbecue prepared in a custom 5,000-lb. smoker. Delicious juices and smoothies are also available. From athletics to nutrition, Sports Academy offers a true Full Circle experience.

Sports Academy is located at 1011 Rancho 
Conejo Blvd. Email or visit to learn more.