T.S.V.V. Merlijn was founded on the 13th of May, 1968. At the moment the association counts around 300 members. This makes us the one and only student soccer association in Tilburg. We offer a wide range of soccer levels, from beginners to selection players. T.S.V.V. Merlijn is committed to connecting students who like playing soccer, hereby performance and having fun are of paramount importance. T.S.V.V. Merlijn gives players the opportunity to develop themselves between the white lines in one of our 9 teams. Outside of these lines T.S.V.V. Merlijn gives you the chance to participate in different activities, tournaments, parties and more.
T.S.V.V. Merlijn plays her home matches on the artificial grass field on our complex at the Sportweg 13, close to the Tilburg University Sports Center. Our dressing rooms are located next to the field in the building of the 2College Jozefmavo and are managed together with this school. The Olympia Sports Bar (our canteen) and the O’Café are both located on walking distance from our field.
What do we offer our members?
- Different types of memberships for both competition member, pinchhitter and trainings member.
- A competition kit for all of our competition members
- Experienced trainers for all teams
- All required training materials are arranged by T.S.V.V. Merlijn and the Tilburg University Sports Center
- A weekly club night on Thursdays in the Olympia Sports Bar
- The Merlijn International, our club magazine, is published three times a year and available to read in the Olympia Sports Bar
- Non-binding participation to different internal and external activities
Do you want to become a member of T.S.V.V Merlijn?
Click here for the sign up sheet.
The name Merlijn is derived from the wise council of King Arthur from the story “King Arthur and his knights of the round table”. With this name T.S.V.V. Merlijn associates itself with the founders of soccer; the Englishmen. Councilor Merlin also stands for wisdom, bravery and pride.
T.S.V.V. Merlijn was founded on May 13th, 1968 by, among others, Berry de Beer. More than ten years later, to be precisely August 10th, 1979, T.S.V.V. Merlijn registered with the notary and from that moment on the articles of our association have officially come into force. In addition, T.S.V.V. Merlijn also registered with the Chamber of Commerce on this day. After several years of 3 and even 4 teams having appeared in various competitions of the K.N.V.B., the number of members declined in the late 1980s. In 1996 it was decided to put T.S.V.V. Merlijn on non-active since there was not enough interest anymore among students to defend the colors of the T.S.V.V.
However, more than two years later the idea arose, among a number of soccer players who already trained at the Sports Center, to set up a football association. After these boys participated in a team at the European Student Football Championships, the idea had been put into practice which was also strengthened by a permanent group of students that wanted to do more together (in an association). For this reason, this group of fanatic soccer players decided to breathe new life into Merlijn around mid-1999. The result was the installation of a six-person board in November 1999 that was committed to the re-establishment of T.S.V.V. Merlijn in the spring of 2000.
After we started in the season ’00 / ’01 with one team on the field on Sunday, T.S.V.V. Merlijn has not stopped growing. There are currently 9 field teams active, of which 2 women’s teams and 3 men’s teams on Sunday and 4 men’s teams on Saturday. In addition, 2 Merlijn futsal teams are playing matches on weekdays in the competitions of the Tilburg Futsal Association (TZVB).
The Clubsong (in Dutch)
The clubsong is made on the rhythm of the song “Milord”
T.S.V.V. Merlijn, en niemand krijgt ons klein,
Wat zullen wij vanavond straal bezopen zijn,
We drinken heel veel bier,
En maken veel plezier,
Het bier is op, dus zet de nieuwe kan maar neer,
Lalalalalala Lalalalalala Lalalalalalalalalalalala.