Sports associations

On this page you can find all the information about the participating sports organisations and associations:


The ACLO is the main student sports organization in Groningen with 19.000 members each year. This makes the ACLO the biggest student sports organization in Europe! The ACLO provides unlimited use of facilities and a selection of more than 100 different sports. For only €59,95,- a year you can participate in all of our group lessons, rent a field, or sign up for one of our courses. Check out our website for more information!

De Groene Uilen-Moestasj

De Groene Uilen-Moestasj is the biggest student basketball association in the Netherlands. We stand for sportsmanship, fun, companionship, and are internationally oriented. Our 10 men’s and 8 women’s teams are active at almost all levels; whatever level you have, there is always a team for you! Each team practices at least twice a week. Every Saturday we play games at various locations, and the Willem Alexander Sports Center is our home hall. Would you rather go home on the weekend? Maybe a training membership is an option for you. Besides basketball we organize many other activities, such as monthly drinks, mix tournaments, and trips!

Drs. Vijfje

G.S.F.V Drs. Vijfje is the largest student futsal club in the Netherlands. Drs. Vijfje has a lot to offer for you as a student. It is up to you whether you want to play football on top-level or just want to have a great time with your team playing at a recreational level. The club consists of 40 men teams and 10 women teams, including 6 selection teams. But besides that, Drs. Vijfje has a lot more to offer than just futsal. You can join one of our committees for example or join our weekly socials in the ‘Jut & Jul’. One thing is for sure: Joining Drs. Vijfje will give you the time of your life!

G.B.D. Calamari

Are you studying in Groningen and would you like to scuba dive next to your studies? Then you should check G.B.D Calamari! At Calamari, you can follow Dive courses on various levels. For the ones that have a diving license, we organize diving trips to Zeeland five times a year. Next to diving, you can also work on your snorkeling technique during the snorkel clinic or work on your swimming condition during the swimming training. Would you like a bigger challenge? Then you should try underwater hockey! Interested? Check our website below and leave your email address behind to stay informed about our introduction activities.

G.e.A. Fairplay

Fairplay is the e-sports association for students in Groningen. In cooperation with the ACLO, we want to promote competitive e-sports and above all have fun doing so. That’s why we organize trainings and competitions, but also more relaxed activities. We aim to create a relaxed ambiance in our association where you do not necessarily have to compete, but can also interact and talk about about your favourite games! At this point we organize training sessions and competitions. Those interested in gaming are guided to improve their game, or simply have fun. Come on by!

G.S.A.V. Vitalis

Vitalis is the place for all things student athletics in Groningen! We offer training in all disciplines: javelin, hurdling, long jump, running etc. Of course we wouldn’t be a student association if we didn’t have proper parties! With monthly social drinks, activities and additional parties there is much more to be experienced when not training.

From 7 to 27 September we have our annual introduction period, this is the ideal time to sign up and get to know the association. You are also free to join outside this period but we highly recommend the introduction period to kick off your Vitalis membership! For more information please see have a look on our website or pop an e-mail to


Looking for a fun student badminton association and studying at RuG or Hanze? Then AMOR is the place to be! Very experienced players, as well as complete newcomers, are welcome to join.

​At AMOR you have the opportunity to train/play once or twice a week. On Tuesday we train in six different groups from 18:30-23:00 in the “Struikhal” (ACLO Zernike). Every group has a different level, so it is easy to fit in!

Apart from badminton, lots of social events are organized during the year, including but not limited to monthly socials, (running) dinners, weekend-camps, and BBQs.

G.S.P.V. De NoordPole

G. S. P. V. DeNoordPoleis a fun and unique association: it’s one of the only student pole dance associations in The Netherlands! Our members attend weekly classes on their own level, with enthusiastic trainers. We also organise many other activities, such as workshops, photoshoots and monthly drinks! Everyone is welcome, both Dutch and international students.

The goal is introducing students to the awesome sport of pole dancing for an affordable price and in a comfortable environment. We want everyone to feel welcome in our classes and to the other activities we organise all year round. Fun, safety and sportsmanship are the core elements of De NoordPole.

G.S.S.V. Squadraat

Welcome to Squadraat! We are the largest student association of the Netherlands, and besides the best sport on earth, we have so much more to offer! At our association, you are the one that decides how active you are. Do you want to follow training of your own skill level? That is possible! Do you want to join in one of our social activities? That is possible too! We also offer tosses; open hours which every member can visit to play some squash, and to get to know each other. Is this something you are interested in, or do you have a question? Send us an email at

G.S.T.V. Tritanium

Wanna tri? Become a member of Tritanium!

Finishing a triathlon gives you an amazing feeling, no matter what distance the race was. And afterwards many people will be impressed by your athletic abilities.

With triathlon you can choose from three different disciplines in sports. Therefore, at Tritanium, you can participate in three different kinds of training. Moreover you’ll see a lot of different levels at our trainings; from starting athletes to athletes that are highly developed in triathlon.

If you like competition, many of our members compete in a team at national level. From the 4th division (beginning) to the premier division (advanced).

Next to this, Tritanium shows her best assets at ‘de Batavierenrace’ and ‘de Ameland Adventurerun’. These races have a fun character and we always like to organize a fun weekend around it.

We know that beside the sporting, you also need to relax. Tritanium provides monthly drinks and dinner, parties, association-day, and many more activities!

Are you curious about Tritanium? Sign up for our introduction week (7-11 September) via

G.S.V.V. Veracles

Would you like to play volleyball at the greatest and greenest volleyball association of Groningen? Sign up for Veracles! With nine men’s teams (third class to first division) and 16 woman’s teams ( fourth class to top division), there’s a team for everyone. Even if you haven’t played volleyball before, you are more than welcome!

Besides volleyball, Veracles has got more to offer: fantastic gamedays, drinks and themed parties with your teammates, weekends with all Veraclesmembers, skitrips and many more. Want to have a taste of the Veracles ambiance? Check out our page! If you are interested and want some more information or want to join a practice? Send an email to There is no deadline for registration, don’t wait too long, ’cause we have limited places!

G.S.Z.V. De Golfbreker

G.S.Z.V De Golfbreker is the student swimming association of the Northern Netherlands. It is an association for and by students. Besides the regular practices, we have regular social drinks and activities, moreover we swim at a competing level of the Dutch Student Swimming Competition (NSZK). There are 5 bigger matches per year, where, next to the competition against the other student swimming associations, plenty of time is reserved for a good party.

Many active members within the association are part of committees that organise all kinds of activities and trips. Extra competitions, weekend trips and an annual big foreign trip are offered to anyone who wishes to participate.

De Golfbreker offers a mix of sport and sociability, where everyone can pursue his/her hobby without any obligation and on their own level. So if you’re at the top of the sport, or just curious if swimming is something you like, feel free to come and join three voluntary practices in the Willem-Alexander sportcomplex on Zernike.

G.S.B.V. De Mattekloppers

For 50 years now G.S.B.V. the Mattekloppers offer a variety of budo sports for students in the beautiful city of Groningen! Within the associtaion members can practice Jiu-Jitsu, Sysytema and Judo on a technical and competitive level. Every day there is the option to train so for a one-time payment you can train as much as you want! From the ambitious athlete to the casual sporter or total beginner, everyone stands on the same mat. Sporters from all over Europe and the Netherlands try to improve their technique and endurance, but should not forget about the traditional social drinks after the sessions. The Mattekloppers are the most unique, cheapest and funnest budo sport training environment in the North of the Netherlands. Additoinally to the trainings we also organise activities such as training weekends,
clinics and our special Mattekloppers-BBQ!

Are you interested? Feel free to come to one of our many sessions or
contact us via social media!

G.S.D.C. Ad Fundum

Are you interested in diving and do you want to learn it or continue doing it during your studies in Groningen? Are you fascinated by the amazing underwater world, both in the Netherlands and the rest of the world? Do you want to train on a weekly basis, do fun dry-events and make new friends with enthusiastic and social people? Then Ad Fundum is the perfect sports association for you! Besides the opportunity to get your diving license supervised by experienced diving instructors, we regularly go to Zeeland, a prime diving spot in the Netherlands. Interested? Come to one of our Introdives:!

GSIJV The Bulldogs

We at GSIJV The Bulldogs are all about having fun & playing Ice Hockey in Groningen!
We’re a diverse and social group consisting of both male & female students, of all ages & experiences, from all over the globe.

Do you think you can handle the fun? (or want to find out?)
Do you think you’re tough? (or want to get tough?)

Find out who’s letting the dogs out and sign up today!

Woof 🐶!

G.S.S.V. Donar 1881

Break the mold, try fencing at GSSV Donar 1881, the oldest active fencing club of the Netherlands.
Fencing is a sport with a rich history going back to the historic duel. Nowadays, fencing is a lot less violent, and has developed into an elegant sport with a long Olympic tradition. Modern fencing is a great work-out for both your body and mind.
Our club is very mixed in age, gender and fencing experience. Approximately half our members are international, and the other half is Dutch. We foster an open climate at our club for everyone to be themselves.
To join a training you don’t need anything other than normal sportswear. Alternatively you can do a beginners’ course at ACLO to learn the basics.

G.S.T.T.V. Idéfix

Table tennis is the fastest ball sport in the world and at G.S.T.T.V. Idéfix, the table tennis club for students in Groningen, you can practice this sport! At our association it does not matter whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced player – we provide practice and fun for all levels. And you will improve quickly thanks to our professional instructor. We take part in tournaments throughout the country and set up internal competitions, but we also host fantastic activities every month!

You can join our practice and learn everything about techniques up to three times for free! We have practice every Monday and Wednesday evening at hall 4, come by and join us!

H.V. De Cirkeltijgers

Are you studying in Groningen or are you planning to? And would you like to play handball at the most amazing sports club of the north? Maybe student handball club De Cirkeltijgers is the place for you!

With multiply teams on differnt levels, there are enough opportunities for the beginning and experienced handball player. Besides playing handball, we organise various other activities and monthly drinks. We are a close club where you know your fellow tigers. So, are you looking for a club where you can combine sports and social activities? Check out our Facebook, Instagram or website. Send a message to and join one of our practices!

Northside Barbell

The strongest association in Groningen!

Are you regularly in the gym? Don’t know where to start? Do you want to get involved in strength sports at the best and most social training location in Groningen? Then come train at Northside! For about € 8 per month you can train with the best materials, get coaching from experienced members and get advice for your training schedule or even your nutrition. Northside is the only strength sports association for students in Groningen; for both seasoned weight- and powerlifters, as well as beginners who want to get fitter and stronger together. Do you already play sports? For many other sports, strength training is the perfect addition and our coaches are happy to help you achieve your goals. In addition to getting started with training, you can participate in our monthly drinks and fun activities, such as movie nights in the gym and various dinners. Feel free to come along for a trial training without the obligation to join. It’s time to get fit and strong in the nicest city in the Netherlands!

SSV The Blue Toes

SSV The Blue Toes is the student association for salsa and ballroom dancing in Groningen. With us you will learn how to shine on the dance floor with dances like the quickstep and chachacha. Can you imagine how spectacular our galas are? You can also participate in dance competitions, join committees and meet other members at fun activities.

We are the perfect addition to your student life in Groningen!


Classes start on September 15th. The first two classes of a course are free trial lessons!

We have drink & dance nights with free workshops for you on September 3rd, 9th and 14th.



STUGG is a gymnastics association for both beginners and advanced gymnasts. Besides the practices we organize monthly drinks at a pub and other fun activities, mostly sport related. Outside of these organized events we also hang out together every now and then. So if you want to learn or improve your gymnastic skill. and be a member of a fun association, come and join us! For more information, take a look at our Instagram, Facebook and website.

U.G. Face Off

Looking for a fast and engaging teamsport? Then floorball is the perfect sport for you! Floorball, otherwise known as unihockey, lies somewhere between indoor hockey and icehockey. The main difference is that it does not allow for as much stick or body contact. Floorball is safe, low-cost and easy to learn, and therefore the perfect sport for anyone.

Besides fanatic, Face Off also has a very social atmosphere. Since we are a smaller association, we are accessible and you will get to know everyone very quickly! We train twice a week, on Monday and Friday. Drop by to experience how fun our sport is for yourself!


V.V. Kroton

V.V. Kroton is the oldest and tiniest student volleyball association in Groningen, but nevertheless we’re also the most fun! Kroton is very open to their members as well as non-members. Also, 1/3 of our members are international, so there are a lot of different cultures within Kroton, which makes it even more fun to join us! Besides volleyball, we have different parties every month, but also a lot of activities, such as camp, tournaments and running dinners. Want to know more or become a member?