Papendal is an elite sports institute and is divided into three departments: (1) the Centre for Elite Sports and Education, (2) Papendal real estate and (3) the Elite sports restaurant. About 550 Dutch top athletes use the centre as a national training facility.
On any given day, 400 of them are on-site. There is an exclusive hotel where young athletes who train full-time have their own private room. The hotel and conference centre Papendal is located on campus.