Maties Sport
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Considering joining a sport club at Stellenbosch University? Do it! We even offer an Esports league.

And if sport isn't your thing, you can still be part of the Maroon Machine by becoming a #MatiesMVF (most valued fan). Simply exercise that thumb - Like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and become part of the bigger Maties Sport family without breaking a sweat.

We believe that sport is a great contributor towards student success – regardless of whether you are a high-performance athlete or someone who just wants to be active and healthy.

Competitive and recreational sport provide students with opportunities to socialise, develop friendships and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Maties Sport accepts co-responsibility for the optimal holistic development of student-athletes and the empowerment of high-performance athletes.

Maties Sport has 30 sport clubs, making it easy to find a sport that suits your needs and skills level.

High performance sport codes are: rugby, hockey, netball, football, athletics, swimming, cricket, basketball and tennis.

Competitive sport codes are: cycling, table tennis, squash, badminton, golf, gymnastics, rowing, canoeing, sailing, water polo, surfing, judo, equestrian, volleyball, fencing and chess.

Recreation and active lifestyle sport codes are: equestrian club, underwater sport, volleyball, Ultimate (frisbee) and cheerleading. The Maties Parasport Club also offers athletics, swimming, cycling, wheelchair rugby and goal ball for people with disabilities.

You'll have the opportunity to participate in local as well as regional, national and even international competitions.

Only an elite few will be selected for a Varsity Cup, Varsity Sports or USSA teams, but that's no reason to stay at home. The spotlight falls as much on the fans as the players, with Maties Sport launching a drive to encourage #MatiesMVFs (most valued fans) to support their teams when they play at home.

Benefit from:

  • The High Performance Sport Unit​. The focus falls mainly on three key areas: Sports medicine, performance enhancement and empowerment;
  • The Recreation and Active Lifestyle Unit (RALU) promotes physical wellness for staff and students and creates an environment for non-conventional sport and activities.
  • The Centre for Sports Leadership; and
  • Maties Gymnasium.