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Sports Performance

Gain expertise in developing physical training programmes for elite athletes and personal fitness enthusiasts. You'll learn to craft safe, effective schedules that boost performance and achieve goals in real-life scenarios.

About the exchange programme

More and more people are looking for help from professional trainers to reach their sports goals. In Sports Performance, you'll learn through practical tasks and modules covering motor learning, exercise physiology, and sport-specific strength training. Enhance your skills in authentic situations, applying what you've learned to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts reach their peak performance safely and strategically.

Why this programme?

  • Learn from experts to design safe and effective training plans that boost athlete performance and meet personal fitness goals.
  • Master practical skills in motor learning, exercise physiology, and sport-specific strength training through hands-on modules and tasks.
  • Gain real-world experience with an internship that puts your knowledge and training skills into practice in a professional setting.

More about Sports Performance

Elite athletes always strive to improve their performance and in order to achieve this physical training is a necessity to these athletes. Physical training has to be effective and negative side effects of training need to be reduced as much a possible. On top of that physical training needs to be strategically scheduled within an annual schedule.

In addition, a lot of people want to achieve personal (sport) goals, such as running a marathon, participate in a cycling granfondo or improving functional strength to name a few. In order to achieve these goals, more and more people are looking for professional trainers and are willing to invest in their training programs.

In this course, you will develop yourself as a strength and conditioning specialist by acquiring a large theoretical and practical background about functional, sport-specific physical training and you will learn how to apply this knowledge in an authentic environment.


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Content of the programme

The course has a task-based approach and is based on a profile of a strength and conditioning (S&C) specialist in which 8 core-tasks that an S&C specialist performs daily are described. The course consists of 4 modules that focus on these tasks. In these modules you will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills about several different topics, such as motor learning, exercise physiology and sport specific strength training. In addition, you are going to acquire the necessary (strength) training skills to optimally train (elite) athletes. In addition, you are required to participate in an internship where you are able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the course in an authentic environment.

You will receive 30 credits (ECTS) after meeting the following criteria:

Grading scale

All criteria are graded on a 1-10 scale.

Type of assessment

  • Theory assessment - Factor: 33%
  • Oral assessment - Factor: 34%
  • Skills assessment - Factor: 33%

Minimal combined grade: >5,5

  • Professional competence - Factor: 50%
  • Professional development - Factor: 50%

Minimal combined grade: >5,5

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How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online.

Deadline for application

Fall semester: 15 May
Spring semester: 15 November

Note: Not all exchange programmes are available every semester. To find out when this programme is offered, please check its specific details.


How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Practical information

Start moment(s)
20 weeks
Contact hours
14 per week

Fontys does not provide scholarships for its exchange students.

For more detailed information about practical matters, such as financial matters, residence permit, health insurance and accommodation, please click on the button below.


Location and contact


Theo Koomenlaan 3
Wilko van Dijk, Msc