ELS stands for "Effe Lekker Schaatsen" and is the student skating association of the Technical University in Delft. ELS is a young association. In 1999 Brechje Vermaat took the initiative to found ELS. Together with a number of other students she has ensured that ELS has managed to grow into a very active association with almost 200 members. These are all active in one or more skating-related sports.
There is room for everyone at ELS! Whether you are a beginner or skated on Friesche doorlopers on the the Dutch canals and lakes since the age of five. Our own trainers adapt the lessons to your level. From October to April we skate at De Uithof in The Hague. On Wednesdays and Fridays we train here in four groups, each with its own level, such that everyone can participate. On Mondays there is a training at a special KNSB hour, for anyone who wants to skate extra. During the season there are many competitions where you can compete with the rest of the Dutch students. For example, there are IUTs (Inter University Tournament), NSK’s (Dutch Student Championships) and occasionally long track competitions and marathons on the ice rink in The Hague.
In addition to this many sports, ELS is also a very social student association. For example, every other week on Thursdays there are always social drinks in Café de Klok, we have a super cool introduction weekend and a trip abroad every year. In the summer we are also active and we go cycling for example in the Ardennes for a weekend and we participate with a team in the Batavierenrace. We also always like to have a party, both in Delft and at our sister associations. Our house band, de BeatELS, often performs.
In the summer ELS does cycling. This is the best way to maintain your strength and fitness for the next season. We cycle every Monday from April to September, together with WTOS, from X TU Delft through the Dutch polder. On Thursdays we have our own cycling training, here the focus is more on skating and we do more skating-specific training there. Furthermore, we meet to cycle around together.
ELS organizes the WheELS weekend every year on Ascension Day. We spend four days in the Belgian Ardennes for a great weekend between the mountains.
Train your technique, fitness and strength!
There are also options to train your technique, increase fitness and strength. Every Tuesday ELS organizes droogtraing (bootcamp) at the sports center. During this training, there will be, under the guidance of a trainer, skate specific exercises to increase stability and power for even better performance on the ice.
From April to September we have access to the skating rink in Nootdorp on Fridays. That is a perfect location to keep the skating feeling in the summer. In September ELS will participate in the 24Kika, which is a 24 hour skate relay.