History of Phoenix
Phoenix started in 2004 as a group of friends who either saw Lacrosse on TV or heard about it from time to time. They had a huge interest in trying it out themselves. Since no association existed in Twente at the time, they started playing lacrosse casually in parks with themselves. The group kept growing and in 2008 Phoenix officially became an association. Phoenix practiced at the sport field at the Eschemarke. Their first entry into the Dutch lacrosse competition was in 2011-2012, where the Phoenix men joined forces with the Zwolle Wolves. After this season the Zwolle Wolves discontinued and Phoenix also struggled with low membership numbers herself. Therefore, the board at the time decided to move towards the campus of the University of Twente in 2014. The next season(2015-2016) Phoenix saw a surge of growth and grew to 40 members. In the same season Phoenix had both a men’s and women’s team playing the national competition. In season 2017-2018 Phoenix officially became a student sport association and joined the Union Card. Currently Phoenix is a lively student sport association at the university which offers more than just lacrosse
Phoenix currently has one men’s and one women’s team playing in the national competition. The men’s team is currently in the second division and has its sights set at advancing to the first division to play against the best teams in the Netherlands. The women’s team is playing currently in the third division and is building a solid base to eventually advance to the second division.
While the main focus of Phoenix is playing Lacrosse, we organise a lot of fun activities for members and non-members as well. Phoenix has a lot of fun committees such as a barbeque committee, event committee and clothing committee. These committee are responsible for organising regular activities such as barbeques, pub quizzes, Christmas dinners and galas.
Outside of the regular competition, the teams of Phoenix join in international tournaments as well, often teaming up with other associations in the Netherlands. For the last couple of years, Phoenix has been joining the Kieler Lax Meeting in Kiel together with the Groningen Gladiators, a tournament in Munster and the Lowlands Lacrosse Tournament in Amsterdam. These tournaments offer a great lacrosse experience together with awesome parties.