At L.L.V. Leicrosse both international and Dutch students are always warmly welcomed! In fact, it is even possible to join our association for a year or just a semester. Communication at L.L.V Leicrosse, for example during trainings, activities and the newsletter, are often done in English or a combination of Dutch and English. Below you can read some information about L.L.V. Leicrosse as well as the experience of an international student. However, you can also get an insight into our association by checking out our Instagram or Facebook page. If you would like to join our club, simply send an e-mail to our secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you at our trainings!
L.L.V. Leicrosse is the one and only lacrosse student sports association in Leiden! The association was established in 2013 and now has three teams. There are two women’s teams, the Lynxes, and one men’s team, the Knights. The ladies practice on Monday and Thursday from 18:30-20:00 and the men train on Thursday from 20:00-22:00. Apart from the trainings and games, there are also activities such as pubquizes, date diners and teams weekends organized by the Leicrosse committees.
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Experiences of an international
Team: Lynxes 2
Starting date: Sept 2017
Lacrosse (not to be confused with Lacoste, and no, not the one on horses either)
I was asked to share my humble opinion on what it is like to be an International playing in an almost-all Dutch team. And let me tell you, joining Leicrosse is the best thing you could do as a living and breathing organism. No exaggeration: there is no better and faster way to get integrated after moving to a new country. You will be fluent in Dutch-swearing in no time (it’s Dutch culture to know how to best insult the NS train system and the weather). If you don’t speak Dutch, it is not a problem at all! Practice is held in English if requested and the team members have no shame in voicing their strong Dutch opinion in Shakespeare’s God-given language.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter whether you end up in Team 1 or Team 2, every player is a 100% sugar and welcomes new players as if they are their newly conceived child. I felt at home from the very first cradle on. Best thing is: you get the healthiest balance of sport and alcohol… uhh social life! The Lacrosse team organizes many events like date diners, team weekends, borrels (social drinking), joined training and much more, which enables you to quickly make friends and have the typical Dutch experience, away from purely international isolation. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to travel half the country for some games, which guarantees first hand contact with kut-public transport but also new cities and gezellige team-trips! Lacrosse itself is the perfect sport to play as an International because of the amount of cooperation, communication and team-building it requires; from yelling each-other's name to communal showering – you’ll get the entire fun package. The only downside that comes with joining is, that you have to share your friends with others. To me, lacrosse offers a fun alternative to the cult-like fraternities/ sororities with less obligations and the perk of getting a nice butt. So what are you waiting for?!