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Sports in Maastricht

Sports enthusiasts find what they are looking for in Maastricht. First of all there is, of course, UM SPORTS that offers more than 65 different sports to students and employees: from Zumba to Climbing and from Ultimate Frisbee to Fencing, and from Muay Thai to Yoga. For those who want to plan their own time, the gym is the place to be and those who want to play in a team the sport associations are welcoming new members. Moreover, they organise training and activities for cyclists.

Life@UM - Sporten in Maastricht

Exceptional University Sports Centre

The University Sports Centre (USC) is Maastricht University’s sports facility and the home of UM SPORTS. It has a gym area with cardio and power equipment where you can exercise alone or guided by an instructor, a climbing wall and squash courts. Besides the wide sports offer, UM SPORTS also offers services to its members, such as a free physiotherapy consultation. Watch this video, for a glimpse inside the USC.

Extraordinary – and unique in the Netherlands - is that the USC not only offers many sports facilities, but also learning facilities. Students can study before or after a training, work-out in one of the 175 Learning Spaces or work with other students on a project or assignment.

Get a tasty cappuccino or a nice sandwich at the Sports Café  while you study or after your workout!

Exercise outside in the park or the hilly countryside

If you don’t feel like joining UM SPORTS, there are more than enough other opportunities. The city itself, but definitely also its surroundings is excellent for beautiful tours: running through the parks, boot camping on the Sint Pietersberg or cycling alongside the Maas rivers.  

There are of course also many sports associations, health clubs, yoga and Pilates studios in Maastricht that you can join or where you can take classes.  

High level
For more experienced sportsmen and –women the Limburg hills, the Eiffel and the Ardennes offer challenging tracks over beautiful hills and through green valleys alongside meandering small rivers. It’s not surprising that each year Maastricht is the (start and/or finish) location for several special sports events.  

Top sports woman and UM student

Name: Lisa Müllenberg
Age: 19
Residence: Maastricht
Sport: Judo
Study programme: Medicine

 I have about ten contact hours per week, which fits in perfectly with my training schedule. That was one of the reasons why I choose for the UM.   

Young judo talent
Already at the age of 3, she had her first judo training. From dad and granddad, both judo trainers. Soon she so much enjoyed this sport, that she could be found three times a week in the dojo. Not only did she like judo, she also turned out to be so talented that at the age of 14 she got chosen in national selection. From that moment on, she trained once a week in Eindhoven and twice a week in Nieuwegein. Quite a task besides high school? Not really, the school was completely cooperative and gave her all the space she needed. Two weeks to Japan for a training camp? That was not a problem either.

After high school, she started to study medicine in Maastricht. “I have about ten contact hours per week, which fits in perfectly with my training schedule. That was one of the reasons why I choose for the UM.”


In spite of the compulsory attendance rule for tutorials, she gets dispensation if she can really not combine these sessions with her training or match schedule. She gets the first opportunity to register for skills lab trainings and to choose those moments that fit in best with her judo schedule. “I have spoken with my study advisor about how we could combine the study programme with a top sport. She immediately said that I could take two years to do one year of the programme. But after all, that doesn’t seem necessary. It’s going great! "My training and match schedule always gets priority, also in the period preceding an exam. But so far the exams took place in the periods I didn’t have a training camp or tournament.” With the exception of a progress exam that she had to miss. “By the way, that was no issue. Because I had a good result for the three previous progress exams, I was allowed to miss this one. Besides, I have passed all block exams as well.”



Focus on Tokyo
Now and then, between a tutorial and a lecture, Lisa trains at UM SPORTS. “When I have little time and a judo training at night, I do my power training during the day at the university sports centre. But mostly I do power trainings at home or in Sittard.”

Everything is concentrated on the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo. These take place in the summer after she earned her master’s degree. At least if everything keeps going to plan. She is confident about doing internships. “Everyone is very flexible and well-willing.” She doesn’t foresee any problems. “I can be the first to choose my internship places. And if it’s really necessary, I am prepared to ‘park’ my study for a while. But we’ll worry about that when the time comes.”  


Large diversity of sports at UM SPORTS