Sports Center

A wide variety of sports, extensive accommodation, close to the campus, wide opening hours, and a lot of fun

Staff sports

Sport is not only good for your physical condition, it blows away the cobwebs and makes you more alert. A good balance between work and sport will maximize both physical and mental performance. This is why Tilburg University actively encourages its staff to take part in sporting activities. Doing so promotes personal wellbeing, which in turn enhances the organizational culture.

However, it is not only Tilburg University staff who are welcome in the Sports Center. Those of the partner educational institutes in Tilburg, such as Fontys and Avans, are also encouraged to join us.

Regular Sports Program

The entire sports program is available to staff members who purchase the sports membership. That gives you a choice of almost 50 sports! You can also come to the Sports Center for physiotherapy, help in devising a personal fitness program or nutritional advice. See the regular sports program for a complete list of options.

All these facilities are within a short walk of the Tilburg University campus. On nearby Academielaan you will find two large sports halls, three fitness rooms, four squash courts and a smaller room where various training sessions are held (for example yoga). Just over the street are a hockey pitch, a multifunctional pitch with artificial all-weather turf, a beachpitch and six full-sized tennis courts.

At the Sports Center are two dressing rooms with separate shower cabinets. These rooms are O60 (ladies) and 0121 (gentlemen).

Special Sports Program for Staff

Alongside the regular sports program, there are various activities for staff only. They provide an excellent opportunity to interact with your colleagues in an entirely different setting. You will meet people from all parts of the organization, or perhaps another organization altogether. You can work out in the fitness room or relax among fellow staff members during the Qi Gong sessions, without any students looking on. All staff sports activities are run under the guidance of expert coaches and instructors, and are tailored to the wishes and requirements of the participants wherever possible.

Optional Benefit

Tilburg University considers the wellbeing of its staff so important that it has included the Sports membership as one of the optional benefits which you can select in your personalized terms and conditions of employment. Click here for further information. If you choose to do so, the full purchase price of the sports pass will be reimbursed.

Staff Sports Contact Person

Eric Mathieu will be the staff sports contact person. Feel free to send him an email if you have any questions and/or requests. 

Eric's vision of sport and exercise fits in well with what we at the TiU Sports Center want to offer the staff. Eric has a holistic vision of sport and exercise that incorporates a physical level, mental level and nutrition. Working to stay in good physical health, while being out of balance mentally and eating whatever you want does not make for a harmonious lifestyle.

The TiU Sports Center gives shape to this vision by offering its services at all of these levels.

At the physical level, the Sports Center has a Healthcheck that examines an individual's lifestyle with respect to exercise, smoking and drinking. You can work out alongside the sports program and the Sports Center offers sportspeople the opportunity to create a personal fitness program together with our qualified fitness instructors. There is a physiotherapist at the Sports Center (at fixed times) who you can go to with any injuries or problems you might have, and we offer a CANS class to people wanting to avoid neck and shoulder injuries.

At the mental level you can take part in relaxation sports such as yoga and Qigong, which form a nice bridge between the physical and metal level.

Lastly, the Sports Center has trained nutritional advisors who can provide you with personal advice on what to eat and what not to eat.

Why are sport and exercise important?

  1. They improve your health and well-being on the work floor

  2. They improve your performance at work

  3. They lower the rate of absence from work

  4. They increase your enjoyment of your work

  5. They have a beneficial impact on your ability to withstand stress and prevent a burn-out

  6. (Group) sports also serve an important social function