Since March 2009, Sports Centre Papendal holds the status of Centre for Elite Sports and Education (CEE). Top-level athletes have the opportunity to train, study and live at a single location, with little time lost on account of travel. The city of Arnhem, where Papendal is located, is one of four Dutch cities boasting Centres for Elite Sport, the three others being Amsterdam, Heerenveen and Eindhoven. Together with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, NOC*NSF has compiled the CEE program, aimed at helping to get the Netherlands into the global top-ten sport ranking. The CEE status is only granted if a centre complies with stringent and regularly tested criteria.
Each day, around 350 athletes train at Papendal, representing thirteen different sport federations. The following sports are being practiced at Papendal:
- Football 7-a-side
- Wheelchair basketball
- Table tennis
- Snowboard / skiing
- Cycling (track & road)
Of the athletes active at Papendal, over 100 live in the sports hotel at Papendal on a permanent basis. Additionally, another group of athletes is housed a few kilometers from the sports centre. To be able to fully concentrate on their sports, athletes live and study near Papendal to minimalize travelling times.