Studying and Student life

Field Hockey

Field hockey is one the main student sports in the Netherlands and the hockey density (the number of field hockey players divided by the number of inhabitants) in Noord-Brabant is the highest in the country. Tilburg University wishes to contribute in increasing the level of hockey in Noord-Brabant even more and does so mainly in close cooperation with HC Tilburg and student field hockey association Shot.

Field hockey players

In order for a field hockey player to qualify for top sport status, he or she needs to play at the highest national level or the student should be part of a national (youth) selection. At the moment, there are eight field hockey players with a top sport status at Tilburg University. These students play in the Dutch premier division for Oranje-Rood (Eindhoven), HC Den Bosch, Push (Breda) and off course HC Tilburg, but there are also students who are active at the highest level in Belgium and Germany.

HC Tilburg

Since 2009, Tilburg University supports field hockey club HC Tilburg (formerly TMHC) and a close cooperation has arisen. There are, for example, (international) students in the first team of HC Tilburg who study at the university, and both facilities and expertise are often exchanged between Tilburg University Sports Center, Shot and HC Tilburg. In addition, the university might be able to provide additional support for top-level athletes of HC Tilburg whom study at the university.

Hockey Grant

Hockey and Rowing are considered Core Sports by Tilburg University, therefore, the university provides student athletes in these sports with extra facilities. For Hockey Tilburg University provides Grants student athletes that excel in both Hockey and Academics. In order to be able to apply for such a Grant, student athletes need to play Hockey on a Hoofdklasse team, study at Tilburg University and collect a minimum amount of ECTS during the year. For more information on the Hockey Grant, contact our Top Sports Coordinator.

Receivers Hockey Grant


  • Camille van Emstede, HC Tilburg, Master Supply Chain Management


Hockeybeurzen uitreiking groepsfoto

  • Robert Heslinga, Push Breda, Bachelor Bedrijfseconomie
  • Michiel de Leeuw, HC Tilburg, Pre Master Finance
  • Laura Nunnink, Oranje-Zwart & Nederlands elftal, Bachelor International Business Administration
  • Mark Rijkers, HC Den Bosch, Premaster Marketing Management
  • Tim Swaen, HC Tilburg, Pre Master Sociology
  • Casper van Wandelen, Push Breda, Bachelor Bedrijfseconomie


  • Mark Rijkers, Oranje-Rood, Master Marketing Management


Hockeybeurs 2017

  • Felix Gulinck, HC Tilburg, Bachelor Econometrie & Operationele Research
  • Michiel de Leeuw, HC Tilburg, Master Finance
  • Laura Nunnink, Oranje-Rood & Nederlands Elftal, Bachelor International Business Administration
  • Mark Rijkers, Oranje-Rood, Master Marketing Management
  • Willem Rath, HGC Wassenaar, Master Marketing Management
  • Tim Swaen, HC Tilburg, Master Sociology