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University Sports Centre officially opened

University Sports Centre officially opened University Sports Centre officially opened University Sports Centre officially opened

Photographer:Fotograaf: Loraine Bodewes

Law student visited USC more than 200 times this year

MAASTRICHT. A new logo, gifts for the Executive Board and a dazzling performance by two Latin dancers and the UM cheerleaders. The new University Sports Centre (USC) was festively opened amid great interest last Tuesday.

Fifteen years ago, Maastricht University employees and students exercised in the Randwijck sports hall, where mould adorned the shower walls, remembers Nick Bos, the vice president of the Executive Board. He had just started as director of the Student Services Centre and didn’t waste time before he and the then rector Arie Nieuwenhuijzen Kruseman went to the city council to talk about a new sports accommodation. That was fifteen years ago. Bos: “The process seemed more like a marathon than a sprint,” but now there is a “centre that is open seven days a week for a student-friendly price”. With its squash courts, climbing wall, table tennis tables, mats for fencers, a large fitness area, several halls, and pub/restaurant Time Out, it can measure up to the best university sports centres in the country, say Birgitte Hendrickx and Netty Bekkers, head of UM Sports and coordinator PR & Communication, respectively.

The Executive Board was thanked six times last Tuesday afternoon. Three children from various primary schools that can use the sports hall, each gave Bos a drawing that he accepted with great delight. Bob Meijer, chairman of the oldest student sports association Saurus, presented an oar sporting the Saurus colours. Medical student, multiple Belgian badminton champion and participant of the Olympic Games in London, Yuhan Tan, thanked the board on behalf of all top athletes, including the two karate champions who put on a short show earlier that afternoon. Mark Gieling, student member of the University Council and involved in the working group that focuses on study spaces at the UM, thanked for the numerous learning spaces that have been created in the centre.

One of the last to mount the stage was Laura Messchendorp, a law student. She is the student who visited the USC most this academic year: more than two hundred times. “A sports centre is important to students. It is good for relaxation, or, as in my case, to get rid of excess energy.”

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