Location: Apeldoorn (one and a half hour drive from Amsterdam), Holland Age: from 12 years old for short-term programs up to 3 months on a tourist visa from 15 years old for long-term programs on a student visa
World Academy of Sport (WAoS) WAoS is founded by IB in partnership with 5 sports federations. The Academy is very proud to have received such accreditation, which speaks of the high level of infrastructure, living conditions, medical center, restaurant, quality of sports nutrition and, of course, academic and sports programs. Founded by Full Force Sports Group, FSG Academy is located in the small Dutch town of Apeldoorn. Apeldoorn - "Dutch Versailles" with a population of just over 156 thousand people, is located 90 kilometers east of Amsterdam.
Programs The Academy offers several kinds of sports. Ambitious athletes are trained here, striving to build a professional sports career and get a good education.
Each student of the sports academy will become a Royal Eagle and will conquer the heights of sports as an eagle conquers the sky.
Participants in the programs receive an individualized education and training plan. The training process focuses on all aspects of the athletic training of athletes: physical training, psychological training, healthy eating, leadership, visual skills, building an athletic body, etc. An individual training plan is created for all athletes in cooperation with partners from sports clubs, the Sports and Education Center in Amsterdam, from several Premier League football clubs, from the National Olympic Committee and the Faculty of Sports Sciences in Amsterdam.
Students live in the academy residence or hotel.
Athletes have an excellent opportunity to get secondary or higher education as well. Secondary school students can continue their education in the generally recognized Cambridge programs - IMYC, IGCSE, AS levels and ICE, or in the Dutch school program.
Academy programs are presented in an ideal combination of sports and academic components. Basic academic programs - IB MYP and IB Diploma.
Efteling theme park is a place that has been visited by almost every inhabitant of the Netherlands and the Benelux countries. Moreover, it is one of the largest and most popular in Europe, with over 5 million visitors annually. The seven kingdoms of this "Dutch Disneyland" take children and adults to the heroes of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, to the world of Andersen and Charles Perrault, to distant exotic countries, to dragons, ghosts and fairies.
The idea to lay an amusement park in the town of Kaatsheuvel, in the southern part of Holland, appeared in 1933. However, initially it was arranged in the form of a sports ground with ladders, horizontal bars and a football field. Later, several carousels, a slide and other simple attractions for children were added to this. And by 1950, in order to develop tourism, it was decided to expand this entertainment zone and supplement it with fairy-tale characters - and this is how the Efteling Park was born. He first opened his gates on May 31, 1952, and almost immediately became very popular. Since then, many new attractions have been added: a lake and river for extreme water descent, several roller coasters, a golf course, an ice skating rink. Today, the total area of "fairy kingdoms" is more than 72 hectares, on which there are 36 attractions - it is simply impossible to ride all of them in 1 day.
The Fairy Park is located in the town of Kaatsheuwela in the province of North Brabant. In view of this location, it is convenient to get there from other Dutch cities with a transfer in 's-Hertogenbosch or Tilburg.
Everyone knows that the Netherlands is a country of bicycles. If you have the opportunity to arrange a bike ride in Holland, be sure to use it - this is a completely new unforgettable experience! There are special bike tours around the Netherlands and they are very popular! Holland meets all the requirements of cycling tourism lovers - there are twice as many bicycles here, and the total length of bike paths is more than 15.00 kilometers! And if you go on a bike tour in the spring, you can also admire the blooming fields of tulips and other flowers.
Where can I get a bike? Of course, the cheapest way to ride a bike is if you take it with you or borrow it from friends in the Netherlands for free. Still, most likely you will rent it. There are a lot of bike rentals in Amsterdam and other cities. Some of them are: Yellow Bike, Orange Bike, Bike City. On average, the rental price is about 8 euros for 3 hours. It turns out that you can rent a bike using a special Dutch railway card. It is a national OV-fiets system with over 300 rental locations. The issue price is 3.85 euros per day, but for a maximum of 72 hours. Bicycle rental points are located at train stations and stations. There are even small self-service points. We asked for a card for a while from our friends in the Netherlands, after driving, we gave them both the card and the money for the rent. We took bicycles in Haarlem, near the train station.
We do not take traffic rules seriously on a bicycle, and pedestrians on bike paths are not uncommon. And in Holland, cyclists are Gods! God forbid a pedestrian to step on the bike path. But you, being on a bike, follow the signs! In the pedestrian zone, you must get off your bike. When we accidentally drove into the pedestrian zone on a bike, a policeman on a bicycle immediately drove up to us and said - On foot! Riding on bike paths, both in the city and outside the city, is a pleasure! The city has markings and traffic lights for cyclists. Outside the city, bike paths run through picturesque countryside.
I'll tell you about 2 routes from Haarlem. They can be plotted on maps. e. There is now the option of choosing a route by bike. The first route: Haarlem-Zandvoort is a resort town on the North Sea coast. Map route from Haarlem Station to Zandvoort:
Map of the cycling route from Haarlem Station to Zandvoort. Netherlands.
The road runs through the sand dunes: