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Sport in Leeds


If you’re into sport, whether it’s watching or playing, Leeds is a city that will get you closer to the action.

From well-known sporting teams, famous grounds and world-class events, to our 80 plus university sports teams, it’s fair to say that Leeds is a city with an appetite for sport.

We don't like cricket - we love it!

Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) is regarded as one of the best in the world and is based just down the road from our Headingley Campus. Our students regularly go to watch Yorkshire compete in both T20 and County Championship matches.

There’s the excitement of international games and test matches too – the likes of Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and India have all faced England at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in recent years. Our students also benefit from our state-of-the-art learning facilities within the famous old ground in Carnegie Pavilion where you can have lectures overlooking the cricket ground.

Scrum on down to the rugby

Cricket isn’t the only game you can see in action at the world-famous Headingley Carnegie Stadium &ndash rugby league giants Leeds Rhinos and rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie also play there.

The Rhinos are the most successful team in Super League history and some of the club’s most famous players, such as Kevin Sinfield, have studied at Leeds Beckett.

The rugby ground also plays host to Varsity, a popular event where our students take on their counterparts from the University of Leeds across many different sports. It all culminates in a rugby match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium with students from both universities filling the stands, with a record breaking 15,535 people watching in October 2016. Leeds Beckett haven't lost a single Varsity to date – that’s 12 in a row!

Rugby player holding the ball

Get your kicks

Back in the 1970s Don Revie’s Leeds United were one of the best football teams in Europe. Champions League semi-finalists back in 2001, the Elland Road club now play in the second tier of English football, but its hugely loyal fan base – renowned for creating a great match day atmosphere – have high hopes of a Premier League return.

If you’d like to take in some Premier League football, regarded as the world’s most entertaining league, the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool play their home games an easy train ride from Leeds (50 mins for Manchester, 1hr 20 for Liverpool).

Men’s and women’s football is also a pretty big deal on campus, with four men’s teams and three women’s squads. England women’s 2015 World Cup stars Lucy Bronze and Jade Moore are both former Leeds Beckett students.

Get on your bike

Since The Tour de France set off from the middle of Leeds in 2014, the city has developed a real love of cycling.

In fact, we loved the event so much, that a new event – The Tour De Yorkshire – now takes place every year, which has become one of the biggest cycle races in the UK and sees top international teams taking part, as well as amateurs from around the region.

We also provide student bike hire – it’s a great way to get around the city and stay fit at the same time.

Born to run

Leeds plays host to several big running events throughout the year, including the Leeds Half Marathon, the Leeds 10k and the Abbey Dash, so if you want to race or keep fit, there are plenty of good ones to enter.

On campus we also have our Leeds Beckett Running Club which is open to runners of all abilities.

Give it a Tri

Triathlon is booming in Leeds thanks to the success of local Olympic medal-winning athletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

Alistair, a former student at our University, was victorious when the World Triathlon Series came to the city last year and Leeds will host the event once again in 2017.

At Leeds Beckett, our Athletics Union includes triathlon and our head coach is Jack Maitland who trains the Brownlee brothers.

Best of the rest

Our graduate Yona Knight-Wisdom became the first male diver to represent Jamaica at an Olympic Games in 2016. And, if swimming is your sport, you can jump into our Headingley Campus pool &ndash there are also venues around the city to make a splash in.

If you prefer your sport to be a little more hard-hitting, Leeds boxer Nicola Adams, the double Olympic gold medallist, recently turned professional, while popular local fighter Josh Warrington tops the bill regularly at Leeds First Direct Arena.

At Leeds Beckett, boxing is one of the fastest growing sports at our University with a competitive boxing team and boxing fitness classes available.

University sport - get involved

Last, but not least – our University is famed for its quality of sport, both teaching and coaching. From American football, basketball and tchoukball, to hockey, water polo and cheerleading, there are many opportunities to take part in sport at Leeds Beckett.

Whether you’re after competitive action, want to join a team, or just looking to stay fit and healthy, get involved and make the most of what is on offer.

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