Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life. - Billie Jean King

If sport gets you going then NWU Sport might just be the place for you. With several world-class coaches in various sports codes and excellent facilities situated in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and the Vanderbijlpark, we strive to deliver quality and competitive teams in all forms of sport to participate in league and USSA competitions. Sports codes that are supported by the NWU include:

Sports Codes

"Listen, the work is behind the scenes. The competition is the easy part." - Usain Bolt

"Swim your own race." - Penny Heyns

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.” - Greg LeMond

“To stay in, you’ve got to not get out.” - Geoffrey Boycott

"Happiness is a long walk with a putter." - Greg Norman

"Hockey goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance." - Felicity Luckey

"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." - Vince Lambardi

"It doesn't matter how fit you are or what size you are. Netball is literally for anybody." - Helen Housby

“You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going.” - Morgan Wootten

"I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can recover when they fall." - Serena Williams

"If there is no blood on the line, it is not rugby league." - Russell Crowe

"You can't score a goal if you don't take a shot." - Johan Cruyff

Sport News

How six days in Potchefstroom saved Australia Bertie Jacobs Our dreaded enemy, our mortal foes. The Australian cricket team elicits a special kind of response from South Africans (and every other test-playing nation), most notably in the form of vitriol and expressions not fit for the printed or digital page. Battles between our respective bests, especially in the red ball format, are the stuff of legend.


Lee-Anne Diab - Improving athletes’ recovery through science North-West University (NWU) alumna Lee-Anne Diab has turned her passion for sports into a successful career. The sporting fanatic is currently the first female sports scientist in rugby at The Blue Bulls Company, and one of the first women consulting for national and international sporting codes.


Club player Kazlo boasts with 50 games for the first team Taking the field in 50 games for your rugby club’s first team is definitely an exceptional achievement. Kazlo Holtzhauzen of the rugby club of the North-West University (NWU) in Vanderbijlpark – the NWU Vaal Rugby Club – achieved this honour earlier this year.


Ilze goes all out to follow her sports dream Ilze du Plessis believes that your attitude determines whether your path through life is going to be thorny or strewn with rose petals. And if you look at the long list of accomplishments this 18-year-old first-year student at the Vanderbijlpark Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has achieved on the sports field, it is clear that she is focused on success.