Elite sports

Combining study with top-level sports: TU Delft makes it possible

TU Delft supports students who combine their studies with top-level sporting activities and invests in the development of talent in and outside the lecture halls.

Top-level sports and a degree programme both require 100% commitment. This means that it can be difficult to combine a normal curriculum with a top-level sports training programme. TU Delft’s top-level sports policy is aimed at preventing or limiting any possible delay in academic progress.

Photo: Koen de Leeuw, buddy triathlon (with Daniël Knegt)

At the beginning of every academic year, an individual study plan is drawn up with each top-level athlete so that ambitions and expectations can be established or adjusted. During the course of their degree programme, top-level athletes can also consult the academic counsellors and the top-level sports coordinator for advice and guidance. Naturally, top-level athletes have access to the sports facilities at the Unit Sports. Moreover, each individual top-level athlete is considered for eligibility for financial support in the form of the Graduation Support Scheme and sponsorship.

Our top-level athletes

In the current academic year, TU Delft has around 50 students with top-level athlete status. In addition to up-and-coming talents, they include Dutch, European and World champions and Olympic athletes. Our top-level athletes represent a wide range of sports. Delft is known for its professional rowers, but also has top-level participants in fencing, judo, car racing and sailing.

Photo: Boris Burkhardt, hockey

Follow the adventures and challenges of our top-level athletes on:

Spotlight of May: Reynier Burnaby Lautier

Every month we spotlight a special achievement, success or personal story.

This month a personal story by Reynier Burnaby Lautier in his preparations for Freedom to Dance:

"After a busy period, full of exams and following internships, we are now able to focus on the competitions we will be participating in the coming weeks. The first major competition where we will participate is Freedom to Dance in London, a premiere competition for the World Championships at the end of May. In preparation to this competition, we will spent a number of days in London. We are going to follow a training camp, with lectures that will be given by former world champions and contest simulations under the guidance of these trainers.

At the competition the world's best couples will participate, from all over the world. Representatives from among others Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Taiwan, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and of course The Netherlands use this competition as a final rehearsal opportunity towards the biggest tournament of the year, the Blackpool Dance Festival. This is the contest that the whole dance world works throughout the year. Blackpool has become an icon in the dance world.

In de period between now and Blackpool, we will also participate at a Dutch Championship. However, our focus is already on the upcoming international competitions. The Dutch Championship seems a trifle comparing to the dance level during the Freedom of Dance. After this competition we will spent a couple more days in London to train with our English trainers. Then we must quickly go back to Holland to join our colleges at the TU Delft. We'll keep you informed about the progress of the major competitions of the next two months! "

 Curious how their dance rehearsals look like? Check out this video.

Top-level sports coordinator

“My ambition is to ensure a climate and surroundings in which our top-level athletes can perform to the best of their abilities in both their sport and their study.” - Olga Peters, top-level sports coordinator

Top-level athletes are welcome to contact top-level sports coordinator Olga Peters for advice and guidance. She can give constructive input on the best way to combine top-level sports and study. Olga is the permanent point of contact for top-level athletes; her responsibilities include requesting and allocating TU Delft top-level athlete status and the associated facilities. She also arranges intake, draws up teaching schedules, organises meetings and talks and holds interim consultations, all in close collaboration with the faculty academic counsellors.


If you have any questions or would like more information about the top-level athlete scheme or related matters, please contact Olga Peters via topsport-sc@tudelft.nl.

Applying for TU Delft top-level athlete status

You may be eligible for TU Delft top-level athlete status if you have an NOC*NSF status or a Den Haag Topsport registration. Complete the top-level sports form (PDF) and send it to Olga Peters via topsport-sc@remove-this.tudelft.nl or hand it in at the Sports Desk for the attention of Olga Peters. She will determine whether or not you are eligible for the TU Delft top-level sports scheme. If you are eligible she will make an appointment with you.

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