Lelystad Commanders host Atlantic Cup 2012

Category: Atlantic Cup - published 2012-06-16 by Lelystad Commanders

The club is this year the host of the Atlantic Cup 2012. The Atlantic Cup 2012 will be held in Lelystad Netherlands. Last year the Lelystad Commanders won the Atlantic Cup 2011 in Luxembourg and this year the Atlantic Cup winner will try to defend the though coveted title.

With pride I present you the Lelystad Commanders. The Lelystad Commanders is founded in 2003 and is one of the biggest clubs in the Netherlands. The first team of the Commanders is playing in the Dutch top Division since 2010. This year’s season they playing after the Atlantic Cup the play offs for the National Championship.

The first game in Atlantic Cup is against the Dublin Rebels. This game will be a tough one but we will be ready.

We look forward to this beautiful event and we are grateful to the EFAF for organizing the Atlantic Cup 2012. Hoping see you all at 23 and 24 of June in Lelystad the Netherlands.

About Lelystad
see also the website http://www.lelystad.nl/nl/english

Lelystad a special city
Lelystad is generally considered as a green, wetland recreation area with the tranquillity and space that the Randstad conurbation lacks. This is indeed correct. However, Lelystad is also a paragon of modern architecture and urban planning. Many famous architects have contributed to that image.
Lelystad offers the most striking buildings, such as the impressive Agora Theatre by architect Ben van Berkel and the Zilverparkkade project, featuring designs by the famous Rotterdam architect Eric van Egeraat.
Some of the newer residential areas in Lelystad can truly be referred to as the architectural tour de force. The spacious and leafy residential districts stand out through their unique design and character.
The traffic system is separated and therefore safe and rather special: slow and fast traffic have their own specific road and path networks. No fewer than 46 cycling and pedestrian bridges cut across the city’s main roads, providing the city with its distinct profile. One such bridge, the Anaconda, specially built for cyclists, is considered the longest cycle bridge in the world.

Special Buildings
Agora Theatre
The bright orange theatre in the heart of Lelystad was designed by the famous architect Ben van Berkel and is a real eye-catcher. The theatre represents the entrance to a different world, hence the choice for a sculptural shape featuring many colourful aspects, in turn providing the interior and exterior of the building with a kaleidoscopic character. In terms of the colour scheme, the architect sought inspiration in the sunset and sky above Lelystad.
The offices and tower blocks at Zilverparkkade form a distinct landmark in the Stadshart city centre, near the NS central railway station. Nationally and internally famous Dutch architects gave each building individual and unique appearances. A classic example is the office premises Calliste, featuring three randomly stacked blocks, designed by the Rotterdam architect Eric van Egeraat.
City Hall
This unique building, which was designed by architect Jan Hoogstad, was the 1986 winner of the World Biennale Architecture Award in Sofia. The design was partly driven by the theme on energy-savings. Energy consumption levels were below 40 per cent of the figure that was normal for that time. The large, light atrium in the building that can be accessed via three entrances and that serves as a public street are typical of his work.
Law courts
The Lelystad Law Court can be found just behind the NS central railway station in Lelystad. This hypermodern building is a design by Diederik Dam and his father Cees. Division is a central theme in the design. The public, judges and those standing trial only meet in the courtrooms. The Law Court breathes an open appearance, thanks to large glass fronts covering three sections of the premises. Each of the three courtrooms has its own colour scheme: burgundy/old rose, green or bright blue.
New Land Heritage Centre
The New Land Heritage Centre was designed by Atelier PRO of The Hague. The complex consists of three visually dominant elements. ‘The tube’: a 60-metre long aluminium building on poles built in 1993 (the former New Land Polder Museum). A five-floored cube-shaped structure houses the treasury chambers of the city centre. The third element is a reconstructed barn (1951) from the Northeast Polder. The building is situated at Markermeer Lake and offers splendid panoramic views of the open water.

Special residential districts
The attractive Dudok-style architecture from the past century was chosen as theme for one of the latest districts in Lelystad. This Dutch architect (1884-1974) incorporated a sense of urbanism in his work that shows respect for green and nature. Coherence in a neighbourhood and safety in the urban living environment are expressed in his warm brick architecture. Dudok’s visual language represents warmth, ambiance, horizontal lines, and a clear sectional arrangement. The architect’s style is also clearly reflected in the decoration of the public spaces.
South of the city lies an 800-hectare area that is earmarked for development: Warande. The new city district of Lelystad offers space for 8,500 houses in an exceptionally green environment. The area is situated near the Oostvaardersplassen Lakes, Markermeer and IJsselmeer Lakes, and Hollandse Hout woodlands.
At the outer edge of Lelystad, right next to the IJsselmeer Lake, in-between marinas and a golf course, yet not too far from the city centre, Park Houtribhoogte emerges, featuring 195 new houses. Where possible, the natural environment is preserved and the entire area will be jointly owned by the residents. The houses do not have separate gardens, which creates a park-like environment.
Flevo Golf Resort
This is a vast 18-hole and 9-hole par-3 golf course with splendid villas of various architectural styles scattered on and around the course. The American style detached and semi-detached villas with far-overhanging roofs provide a unique standard level of comfort.
This is the pearl of the Lelystad coastal line. The architect is Berliner Rob Krier, who is well known for his high-profile projects such as the Brandevoort district in Helmond. Bataviahaven consists of five special residential buildings with characteristic towers and offers panoramic views of Markermeer Lake. This unique development is built at a secluded inner harbour where transients can moor their vessels. A lively and attractive boulevard is planned at the foot of the first residential building, offering small-scale facilities such as hotel and catering establishments and shops that require a connection with water and sailing.

Shopping Centre
BataviaStad is outlet shopping in style. You can find 100% fashionable ladies’, men’s and children’s fashion, shoe trends, lingerie and sports & outdoor wear. BataviaStad is situated along the Markermeer Lake and is one of the most popular attractions in the country. More than 2 million visitors pass through the prominent gates of the fortress-like BataviaStad each year. BataviaStad offers well-known brands at attractive prices: 30 to 70 per cent off the recommended retail price. Those who love fashion love BataviaStad. It is open seven days a week, from 10am to 6pm.

Go and explore Lelystad! New Land, yet rich in history! Batavia shipyard, RACM Lelystad and New Land together form the BataviaStad Museums. Here you are given a splendid account of shipping history, shipwrecks and the draining of the polder. The museums are all within walking distance of each other.
Batavia shipyard
Batavia shipyard enjoys a worldwide reputation for the reconstruction of the VOC ship Batavia, yet the current construction programme involves De 7 Provinces: a new ship of Michiel de Ruyter. Through the construction of lifelike replicas, history is brought back to life again, but there is more! On weekdays, at the shipyard and from the scaffolding, you can witness the craftsmanship of shipwrights up-close when they process impressive oak trunks. Why not visit the exhibition at the same time and go on a guided tour!

RACM Lelystad
Do you want to find out more about ships and underwater archaeology? RACM Lelystad is the place to be! RACM manages the ship archaeological depot of the Netherlands. More than 30,000 objects from ships are on display. It even includes entire shipwrecks: from a Roman ship to a regular barge liner that was excavated in the centre of Lelystad. In the RACM building for ship archaeology, you can witness the entire process referred to as ship preservation. Specialists will be working onsite during your visit. This gives you an opportunity to see how ship archaeology within a national preservation programme works.

New Land
Do you want to meet the Swifterbant man face to face? Are you familiar with the tragedy that took place on the former Schokland Island? How was the new polder land created? New Land wants to introduce visitors to the history of Flevoland. The heritage centre, with interactive presentations, takes you on a fascinating journey through time with islanders under threat and polder pioneers. Here you can also admire magnificent ship models from the collections of the National Museum Amsterdam.
Batavia shipyard/RACM Lelystad
Oostvaardersdijk 01-09, 8242 PA Lelystad
+31 (0)320-261409 (visitors)
+31 (0)320-269700 (RACM, other information)

New Land
Oostvaardersdijk 01-13, 8200 AB Lelystad
+31 (0)320-225900

National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome
The Aviodrome, with its vast collection of historic aircraft, is a dynamic aviation theme park near Lelystad Airport. In addition to an indoor exhibition hall (approx. 6,000 m2) and a large screen film theatre, the park has extensive outdoor grounds with various historic aviation buildings and aircraft, including the legendary Lockheed Constellation. Children will find the Aviodrome both educative and entertaining!
Pelikaanweg 50, +31 (0)320-289 842, http://www.aviodrome.nl/

A visit to the Oostvaardersplassen Lakes is an introduction to the Netherlands as it was thousands of years ago.
A visit to the Oostvaardersplassen Lakes is an introduction to the Netherlands as it was thousands of years ago. It is an untouched swamp area with vast expanses of water and wild grasslands. Nature is still left to run its natural course here. It is a unique spot in the Netherlands and Europe. Numerous birds have settled in Oostvaardersplassen. The National Forest Service in the Netherlands has meanwhile granted visitors limited access to the area, yet the centre of the area can only be visited under guidance of a forester. This part is the scene of themed excursions. Photo safaris, during which a bus will take you to the large grazers that are local to the area, are also frequently organised. You can register for these and other activities at the visitor centre.
Kitsweg 1 (near Knardijk/railway viaduct), +31 (0)320-254585, www.staatsbosbeheer.nl
Nature Reserve Park Lelystad
Would you like to come face to face with a herd of Przewalski horses or view wild boar in their habitat? The Lelystad Nature Reserve (Natuurpark Lelystad) offers you the opportunity to discover numerous animal species in beautiful surroundings. To some threatened species, The Lelystad Nature Reserve is a vital link to life in the wild. It also offers an extensive network of foot and cycle paths with various picnic spots.
The park has a visitor center where information regarding excursions and certain package deals are on offer. There is also a restaurant as well as a shop which offers bicycles for hire and organized search adventures.
Vlotgras 11, +31(0)320-286111, www.flevolandschap.nl
This forest has been realised as a park-like area around Zuigerplas Lake in Lelystad. The lake is surrounded by trees, bushes, and grasslands. It is a lovely place for hiking, cycling, fishing (permit required) and includes a cooper track. Off-road cyclists can also indulge themselves here.
Hollandse Hout
Hollandse Hout woodlands measures approximately 900 ha and is situated on the south side of the city, next to the Oostvaardersplassen Lakes. Here you can find two different hiking routes, the appelvink route (2.5 km) and the wielewaal route (5 km). A continuous cycling route is situated next to it. The Hollandse Hout woodlands also include a forest reserve where nature is left to run its course without human intervention. An educative care farm De Huif organises covered wagon trips through Hollandse Hout.
Larserbos forest is situated where the village of Larsen was planned for construction in the original Flevoland development plan (1959). The forest offers many recreational opportunities, including three small lakeside beaches, sunbathing and playing fields and foot and cycle paths. The forest is adjacent to the Larservaart: an important ecological waterway connection within Flevoland.
Knarbos (approx. 500 ha) is a highly varied forest situated at the Vogelweg and Knardijk junction. The centre has an open character with a large lake. It is home to a herd of grazing Icelandic ponies. Frogs, toads and salamanders feel at home in this wetland, which was created especially for them. The area can be perfectly explored by bicycle across well-maintained shell paths. The hiking route marked out in yellow also provides a good idea of what the forest is like.
Overijsselse Hout
Overijsselse Hout is situated northeast of the city. A large number of hiking routes have been set out in this forest, such as the Evert Vermeer route. There is a 22.5 km bridle route that continues up to Hollandse Hout. The facilities also include a training circuit.
Gelderse Hout
Gelderse Hout is highly suitable for brisk walking. It includes a 2.5 kilometre track (Henkepad). Gelderse Hout also has a pinetum: a live collection of pine trees and spruces. Thanks to that setup, Gelderse Hout is the scene of a large variety of tree species.
The oldest Ash-Elms polder forest in the Netherlands is situated north of Lelystad, enclosed by Houtribweg and IJsselmeerdijk. The forest is characterised as floristic. Hiking and cycling are a real joy here.
The Visvijverbos, situated north of the city and split by the A6 motorway, is a reasonably untouched forest with limited foot and cycle paths. It is named after the former fishponds of the Inland Fishing Organisation, situated near the Flevo Centre. The ponds were closed due to the nuisance caused by cormorants that came here for their daily meal.
Flevo Landscape
Flevo Landscape is the private nature conservancy organisation for the entire province. Its main objective is the preservation, protection and development of nature in the province of Flevoland. Its main and most famous areas of natural beauty are the Lepelaarplassen Lakes near Almere, Nature Reserve Park Lelystad and the world heritage Schokland Island. Another special nature conservation area managed by the Flevo Landscape is ‘t Zand A73 in Lelystad north. You can visit Flevo Landscape for group excursions, children’s parties, and individual participation in excursions or to simply enjoy a stroll around the beautiful surroundings. Flevo Landscape has an information centre within the Nature Reserve Park Lelystad.

Vlotgrasweg 11, +31 (0)320-286111, www.flevo-landschap.nl

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