Student Sports the Netherlands (SSN) is the umbrella organization for student sports in the Netherlands. SSN is a national organization that represents the interests of the approximately 200,000 student athletes in the Netherlands. This applies to both top and recreational sports and for athletes who play sports individually
as well as for athletes who are members of an association. In addition, more than 50 student championships (NSKs) are organized annually!
Student Sports the Netherlands has been an association since 2017 and has 17 members in 16
different cities. This group of members consists primarily of the 13 student sports councils (also known as OSSO’s). These OSSO’s represent the interests of the student sports associations and individual athletes at a local level. They
often work closely together with the university sports centre, of which a total of 14 are affiliated with SSN. Finally, three HBO institutions that are actively involved in student sports are affiliated with SSN.
In addition, we also work closely with Student Sports Unions (SSB) and organization committees (OC) of various events.
As described above, SSN has a variety of different members within the student community. SSN has close contact with its affiliated members and represents the national student sport with and on their behalf.
Student sport Unions
Just like regular sports, student sports also have sports unions (SSB). SSN currently has good and regular contact with eleven SSB’s. This means that there is an intensive cooperation in the field of NSKs and relevant information is exchanged.
With regard to its events, SSN has various organisation committees with which there is a substantive and/or financial relationship. These committees are mainly the NSK's committees, the Batavierenrace, StudentenWintersport and the GNSK committee.
More than 200,000 students participate in sports during their studies. Sports contribute to
relaxation, development, meeting new people and maintaining a healthy lifestyle during their study time. It is our mission to promote student sports in the
Netherlands in all these facets, together with and on behalf of our strong and locally involved members. Together with its members, SSN wants to ensure that
students can exercise in order to contribute to both their physical and mental well-being.
A strong and future-proof student sports network is of great importance for the student community and the positive effects that sport can offer during the study
period. Young people who go to study often drop out of the regular organized sports networks and in some cases stop playing sports completely. Well organized Student sports can prevent this outflow and can ensure that these students maintain an active lifestyle within the student sports associations and sports centers. In addition, sport is also an important place for meetingand socializing, which is very important for the mental health of the student.