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Strong together with innovation

We are continuously working on improving ourselves @Papendal. Just like the elite athletes. We search for ways to improve ourselves on a daily basis. How we can grow. And we do this in many ways. In the area of sports accommodations for example. In the Elite sports restaurant. But also in the field of sports science. We gladly explain a few of the innovation projects on this page.

Papendal Nutrition App

Adjusting your diet completely to your sports and training programme. If you are an elite athlete, that is what you want. Because that is how you can get the best out of your food. We make this possible with the Papendal Nutrition App. Elite athletes use this app on their smartphones. The app is connected to the cash register system in the Elite sports restaurant. As soon as the athlete has paid for his meal, the system sends the products with their nutritional values to the app. Here, the stripes and colours indicate if the athlete is taking in the right amounts of nutrients for that day. Products which are bought elsewhere, are entered manually by the athlete. In the dietician portal, the dietists can view the eating habits of the elite athletes which they coach. This enables personal dietary advice.

Sprint dashboard

A diversity of measurement equipment is used for the collection of data regarding a sprint. Examples are the Optojump, a laser and pressure-sensitive starting blocks. We use these to measure the response time, starting block force, contact time, stride length, acceleration and speed. This data used to be gathered in different systems which made quick interpretation difficult. Therefore, we developed a Sprint cockpit in collaboration with the Athletics Union and Ortec Sports. This system gathers all the data from various systems into one overview. Directly after the sprint, all data is available for the elite athletes and coaches on the display in the sprint hall. Based on the data, the coach can give better instructions to his athlete immediately.


Research shows that the recovery of an elite athlete after an intensive training is comparable with the recovery of a patient after an operation. So many innovations in the field of elite sports, can also be applied in other areas. Therefore, the Eat2Move partnership has been set up. We have joined forces with six partners: Wageningen University, Hospital de Gelderse Vallei, NOC*NSF, University of Applied sciences of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN), NIZO food research and Friesland Campina.

The project is funded by the province of Gelderland. Its objective is to develop food that enhances the performance and recovery in (elite)sports and healthcare. Like to know more? Visit the Eat2Move website.


Preparing a tender piece of meat in just one minute. You would think this is impossible. The Nutri-Pulse® e-Cooking technology makes the impossible possible. Using pulsating electrical energy and a broth, the food is prepared in just a few minutes. This preparation method does not require cooking fat, cooking oil or steam. And the temperature never exceeds 100 degrees Celsius. Food prepared with e-Cooking is perfectly cooked, has a beautiful structure and is highly digestible. We have tested the e-Cooker during various stages in the Elite sports restaurant @Papendal. It is a very quick and healthy preparation method and is therefore perfectly suitable for our Elite sports restaurant. We work with IXL Netherlands B.V. for this project.

Innovative sports bread

You may have heard about the sports bread. The special bread that has been taken to the Winter Games in Sochi, the World Cup football and the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. An important ingredient of the sports bread is teff grain. This consists of more slowly digestible, complex carbohydrates and calcium than other grains. Moreover, the bread consists of sprouted grains, cranberries, raisins, carrot fibres and bananas. A good basis for delivering a top performance due to the ideal mix of quick and slow carbohydrates from starch and fruits. The composition is in accordance with the most recent scientific insights regarding the optimisation of the carbohydrate intake. The sports bread was developed by Sportsgrain, in cooperation with the College of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) The bread was tested in the Elite sports restaurant @Papendal.