Paralympic athlete Maikel Scheffers supports Cruyff Foundation mission via Master in Sport Management

Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Maikel Scheffers will conduct a study on behalf of the Johan Cruyff Foundation

Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Maikel Scheffers started the Master in Sport Management at the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam on September 13. During the program, he will conduct a study on behalf of the Johan Cruyff Foundation. In doing so, the Cruyff Foundation is contributing to the mission of Johan Cruyff Institute to educate top athletes for a career in sport management and to retain their knowledge and qualities as athletes in the world of sport.

“We strongly support Johan’s idea to guide top athletes and Paralympic athletes, both inside and outside their sports,” says Niels Meijer, managing director of the Cruyff Foundation. “In addition, we have been working closely with the International Tennis Federation for years, so giving our support to Maikel is a logical choice.”

Paralympic athlete Maikel Scheffers supports Cruyff Foundation mission via Master in Sport Management - Johan Cruyff Institute

Maikel Scheffers and Niels Meijer

The five-times Dutch champion is very grateful for this opportunity and is looking forward to what the school year will bring him. “I expect to further develop myself at a management level and to grow in my experiences,” says Maikel enthusiastically. “I want to learn a lot from my fellow students and the professors so that I can apply that in my future job. Sport is my passion and in recent years I have already talked and negotiated a lot with organizations and sponsors. I want to further develop myself in this area and this Master fits perfectly with my ambitions.”

Over the next 10 months, Maikel will write a business plan to further investigate the international ambitions of the Cruyff Foundation, which will look at how the Foundation can get even more children around the world to be active through sports projects.

After succesfully completing the program, the amiable athlete will receive his diploma in June. But for now, the first priorities are to get used to being a student and to make a good start. Maikel says: “My first impression of Johan Cruyff Institute and the program has been very positive during the first weeks. Everyone is very friendly, helpful and focused on the student. The Master program is focused on innovation and educating the new generation of leaders in sport management and this suits me well. I expect this will help me a lot to prepare for what to do after my tennis career.”


Johan Cruyff Institute Amsterdam uses a rich learning environment that fosters educational tools based on a student interaction model. We aim for a mix of students from sports and business sectors, which also enables students to share their unique experiences and learn from each other. Through ‘Cruyffian’ teaching methods the students will engage actively in creative challenges that require effort, commitment and intuitive thinking. Visit the web pages to find out about our programs, which we deliver in English:

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