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Saint Louis University—Madrid's Department of Athletics promotes physical activity and sports in support of the mental, social and physical well-being of the community, as well as values such as teamwork, hard work and commitment.

SLU-Madrid's football team.


SLU-Madrid partners with the Real Canoe N.C., one of Spain's most important training centers for competitive swimmers, to offer flexible class schedules and personalized attention in order to allow high-level competitive swimmers to continue their university studies while training at Real Canoe N.C.

Real Canoe N.C. prepares athletes for national and international competition and many former Olympians have trained at the club. Contact Cesar Rioja, sports director for SLU-Madrid, at for more information.

American Football

SLU-Madrid students play in the Black Demons American Football Club, a local team that is in the LNFA (Liga Nacional de Fútbol Americano).


SLU-Madrid students play with a local team known as Los Bisontes de Madrid at the Polideportivo Ganapanes. Baseball practice is held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, and softball practice is held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays.


Shoot hoops with César Rioja, SLU-Madrid’s sports director and a former professional basketball player. The group meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Pabellón Triángulo de Oro for practice and pick up games. Players of all levels are welcome.


Students interested in golf can take advantage of individual classes, group lessons and driving range practice at a facility near campus.

Gym Membership

There are several gyms in the surrounding area and throughout Madrid that offer special rates to SLU-Madrid students.

Horseback Riding

Riding classes are offered in the Club Las Encinas de Boadilla. The price of the class is 20 euros plus 5.20 euros for the round-trip bus fare. To sign up for classes, contact César Rioja, SLU-Madrid sports director, who’ll contact the school and let you know the class schedule.

Field Hockey

Students play with the Club Hockey Pozuelo Team at the sports club in Valle de las Cañas. For more information, email


Students play with the team Montes Lacrosse on the court (artificial surface) of the School of Montes. Male and female athletes train at the same time, and equipment and protective gear are provided for players. Practice is held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, email the team coach at  


Students who wish to play paddle can take private or group classes and compete in intramural competition that ranks 10 pairs of players.


SLU-Madrid students play with the Spanish Pickleball Association. There are two clubs in Madrid, each with Pickleball Ambassadors who students can contact for more information.


Students can do Pilates at various gyms near the University. We suggest Metropolitano.


SLU-Madrid students play with the Arquitectura Rugby Team at Campo Central Universitaria. For more information, contact

Running Club

The running club meets for long-distance runs through Madrid and city parks. The group meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Throughout the semester runners can also takes part in several public races of varying distances, including 5K, 8K, 10K, half-marathon and full- marathon races.

Scuba Diving

Although the University doesn't directly offer this activity, SLU-Madrid is in contact with a licensed scuba diving center. The theory classes are taught at the University, and students obtain the scuba certificate from the internationally recognized Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

The cost of the course is 280 euros and includes use of all the equipment and materials and four open water dives at Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park in Almería, a coastal town in the southern province of Andalucía. Lodging and transportation for the trip are not included.

Ski Club

The Ski Club takes one trip each semester. Skiers of all levels are welcome.


Pick-Up Soccer

If you are interested in playing soccer just for fun, join in every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Green Canal. One field will be set aside for women and another for men.

Soccer Team

The soccer teams practices every Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. and competes in the "AS" league on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Students are invited to support the team by cheering them during practice and matches.

Tryouts take place at the beginning of the semester, although the majority of the team is chosen in the fall semester. If you have an advanced soccer level and would like to practice with the team, drop in at practice on Friday at Green Canal.

Tuesday Soccer Team Roster:

Daniel A. Contreras, USA, goalkeeper
Nawaf Almalki, Saudi Arabia, defence
Emilio Peláez, Philipines, defense
Hamza Benjelloun, Morocco, defence
Fernando Monserrate,  Spain, midfield
Sultan Alshammari, Saudi Arabia, midfield
Javier Wakonigg, Spain, forward
Daniel Rua, Spain, midfield

Wednesdays Soccer Team Roster

Daniel A. Contreras, Unites States, goalkeeper
Ian Castellano, USA, defense
David Castellano, USA, defence
Álvaro Martínez, Spain, defense
Will Crowley, USA, defence
Andrea Pelizza, Italy, midfield
Fernando Monserrate, Spain, midfield
Christopher Moussa, Lebanon, forward
Ismail Reda, Egypt, forward


During the semester there is an ongoing competition that ranks students against each other.


There are various pools in the city that offer special discounts to our students. Swimmers can swim on their own, train with a team or take classes. It’s also possible to play different water-sports in Madrid, such as water polo.

In addition, if you are a competitive swimmer, SLU-Madrid partners with the prestigious Real Canoe N.C., a swimming club where you’ll alongside high-level national and international competitors, and even Olympic swimmers.


SLU-Madrid facilitates private tennis lessons, group classes and intramural tennis competitions at local facilities.

Ultimate Frisbee

SLU-Madrid students play in the Ultimate Frisbee Club Los Quijotes.


Volleyball practice is held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays at Polideportivo Triángulo de Oro.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about sports and athletic programs at SLU-Madrid.

I am an athlete, can I train, compete and continue with my studies?

Yes. César Rioja, SLU-Madrid sports director, will be your academic advisor and work with you and your professors to balance your schedule and workload so that you may train and compete as you pursue your degree. Rioja was a professional basketball player and played for the Spanish National team.

Where will I train?

César Rioja, SLU-Madrid sports director, will contact your sport's federation in Madrid so that you may train with your sport's elite athletes in Madrid. SLU-Madrid has had among its students professional basketball, tennis and golf players, as well as a horseback riding national champion, a European snowboard champion and a Formula 3 driver.

Do you offer sports scholarships?

Unfortunately, SLU-Madrid cannot give sports scholarships. We do not have a large athletic program nor adequate athletic facilities. However, SLU’s St. Louis campus offers full athletic scholarships for men and women.

Can I study abroad at SLU-Madrid while being an athlete at my home university?

Yes. SLU-Madrid offers two summer sessions that allow athletes to study abroad and enhance their intercultural skills and knowledge without impacting their home university team or delaying their studies.

Does SLU-Madrid have gym facilities?

SLU-Madrid does not have a gym, however you can go and try each of the four gyms located close to campus free for a day. These gyms have special rates for students.

  • Gimnasio Metropolitano, c/Aravaca 7
  • Gimnasio Almirante, Av. Reina Victoria 72
  • Gym Enforma 24/7, c/ de Isaac Peral 14
  • Holiday Gym Moncloa, c/ de Isaac Peral 4
Where can I go running?

There are many parks around Madrid where you can run such as like Parque del Retiro and Casa de Campo. There are also running tracks close to the university. Contact César Rioja at for more information.

Where can I horseback ride?

Riding classes are offered in the Club Las Encinas de Boadilla. The price of the class is 20 euros plus 5.20 euros for the round-trip bus fare.

To sign up for classes, contact César Rioja, SLU-Madrid sports director, who’ll contact the school and let you know the class schedule.


Where and when are the tryouts to play on the soccer teams?

Tryouts take place the first and second Friday of the fall and spring semesters at Green Canal, which is only a 10-minute walk from campus. Players will meet at 2:30 p.m. in front of Padre Rubio Hall to walk together to the soccer field for tryouts.

When and where do the soccer teams train?

The soccer teams train every Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at Green Canal. Teams play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and matches take place between 8 and 11 p.m.

I don’t want to join a team. Is there an opportunity to play just for fun?

Yes, pick-up games take place from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon at Green Canal. One field will be for women and another for men.

Where is the soccer field located?

The soccer field is located at Avenida Filipinas, S/N. Find it on Google Maps.


When are basketball games?

Pickup basketball games and practice take place from 3 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Where is the basketball court located?

The basketball court, Polideportivo Triángulo de Oro, is located at Calle de Bravo Murillo, 376. Find it on Google Maps.


Are there any private or group tennis classes?

SLU-Madrid will facilitate organizing private lessons and group classes for up to four students.

How do I book a tennis court?

If you are interested in playing with other students, there are courts around Madrid which you can rent. You will be reimbursed for the use of the tennis court by presenting the ticket to César Rioja, SLU-Madrid sports director. SLU-Madrid students often play at these courts:

  • Tenis Canal Isabel II, Avenida de Filipinas, 54 (call the ticket office at 91-534-1335)
  • Complejo Deportivo Ciudad Universitaria, Avenida de Juan de Herrera S/N


Where can I swim?

You can swim during the semester with Club Natación Cuatro Caminos. Learn more at

When are the swimming team's training sessions?

Upon arriving at SLU-Madrid, contact César Rioja, SLU-Madrid sports director, who will phone the coach of the swimming team to find out about training days and times.