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Leeds Beckett Football Club comprises of four men's teams. All four teams represent the University in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Competitions.

The Club is staff led and student run with the aim of providing a high level of competitive representative football for players whilst providing opportunities for the development of coaching, management, leadership and administrations skills for the members.

The Club has an invite only pre-season programme in September, which is supported by a lengthy trials process which generally attracts 500 new players. Following this, 70-80 players will be invited to join the Club in preparation for the Leeds Varsity on the first Wednesday in October and prior to the start of the season.

Head of Football: John Hall   UEFA A – FA Tutor

John has coached at Leeds Beckett since 1993. He has experience within England Universities Football & Futsal and coached the teams which enjoyed the non-league journey including FA Cup and Vase appearances in the 2000s.

John still coaches within the club but now oversees the coaches and committee, seeing their mentoring and development a key part of his role.

1st Team Coach:  Chris Welburn  UEFA A – F/T FA Tutor

Chris an Alumni has coached within the HE sector 15 years initially with the successful women’s programme, Leeds United Ladies/Leeds Carnegie and GB Students. Chris has coached the men’s programme since 2010 and having studied to MSc level and also lectured on the BSc Sports Coaching course he brings a truly holistic approach to our players.

There are also opportunities for the right student coaches to gain experience working within the programme to add value to their development, growth and studies.

 Leeds Beckett Men's Football Club Programme
Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

 7pm - 10pm

3G training

7.30am - 8.30am


 BUCS match day

 7pm - 8.30pm



The first Women’s team was established in 1993 as Leeds Metropolitan University WFC. The club now currently boasts three football squads and a futsal Squad that compete in British Universities and colleges sport (BUCS). The football programme enables players to balance university sport, academic success and external club commitments in their pursuit of excellence. Equally the programme can support all standards with a strong social culture. Leeds Beckett University is one of only four Institutions to field three teams in BUCS. Leeds Becket has a track record of holistically supporting both international and domestic players. The club has a rich history that’s claims the following honours;

  • Premier North league Champions: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10
  • National Championship winners; 2008/9
  • Futsal Championship winners; 2008/09, 2010/11
  • FA Women’s Premier League Cup winner; 2010 (Leeds Carnegie)





Lucy Bronze

Everton, Manchester City

England Seniors

Sports Personality of the Year Nominee (2015)
Bronze World Cup Medallist (2015)

Jade Moore

Leeds United Carnegie, Birmingham

England Seniors

Bronze World Cup Medallist (2015)

Gemma Bonner

Leeds United (Carnegie), Chelsea, Liverpool © 

England Seniors

Women’s Super League 1, Winner (2013 & 2014)

Sophie Walton

Leeds United (Carnegie), Notts County

England Under 23’s


Emma Higgins

Leeds United (Carnegie), Grindavík,  KR

Northern Ireland


Julie Nelson

Everton, Glasgow City, Durham               

Northern Ireland


Natalie Haig

Leeds United, Yeovil Town ©

Great Britain (World Student Games)


Hayley Sharpe

Leeds United (Carnegie), Sunderland

Great Britain (World Student Games)


Rachel Lee

Sunderland, Leeds United, Bradford City, Durham

Great Britain (World Student Games)


Sarah Danby

Sunderland, Leeds United, Bradford City

Great Britain (World Student Games)


Current Students

Emily Roberts

Nott’s County, Doncaster Belles & Sheff FC

England U15 & 17’s


Kirsty Hanson

Liverpool, Sheffield FC & Doncaster Belles

Scotland U17 & U19’s


Leeds Beckett Women’s Football & Futsal  Training Programme









Complete at gym

Session Found on Team APP

  S&C Circuit
Green Hall



Green Hall


*Leeds Beckett also support external club commitments such as WSL & WPL clubs.

External Club Training


External Club Training



External Club Fixtures.

Emma Coates – Head of Women’s Football & Futsal

Emma is a former student and club alumni graduating in 2012, she became head of women’s football in October 2015, previously working full time for The Football Association. Emma played football for Leeds United from a young age and went on to represent the first team in the FA Premier League, she also represented England for the ECFA. Following injuries Emma pursued a coaching career, she is now a UEFA A qualified coach who is Head Coach of a professional’s women’s team who player in the WSL (women’s super league); Doncaster Belles.

Partnerships and pathways

Leeds Beckett University WFC aims to provide a pathway for all students across different levels of the game. We support athletes external club commitments and aims to work alongside clubs such as; Doncaster Belles, Bradford City and Guiseley Vixens AFC.

Students who choose to join Leeds Beckett WFC will be introduced to various coaches and given various opportunities at a level relevant to the player.

We understand that to breed success players must be treated as individuals and their programmes will incorporate; coaching, strength & conditioning sessions, analysis, and physiotherapy.

We understand that for some, the BUCS programme is the ideal programme, but there also some who will play within the non-league system at various levels. We will work with these players to try and find the right fit for them to get the balance right to enable them combine academic, playing and employment demands.

The Futsal teams were established in 2003 and run under the umbrella of the football club until 2016 when they became an independent club within the Athletic Union. Leeds Beckett Futsal has a successful record within BUCS, having always played in the top tier and have been BUCS Trophy Champions twice. The New Club now has 2 teams who train weekly and compete in the Northern Premier and Division 2 respectively.

Coach : Ivan Solvas – UEFA B Futsal – FA Mod 3

Proud Catalan Ivan has coached all age groups in his home City of Barcelona and is a pure Futsal fanatic with extensive technical and tactical knowledge who has been able to help develop a strong group of players, giving them sound advice within a comprehensive training programme which has allowed the club to take the next step forward.

The Club run a trials process in late September from which we will invite 24-30 players to join for the season.

Club committee members will work alongside Ivan, the Athletic Union and John Hall to ensure the smoot running of the programme which again provides great opportunities for personal development within an active club.

 Leeds Beckett Men's Futsal Club Programme
 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

 5.30pm - 7.30pm



 6pm - 7pm



 5pm - 7pm

Training and/or BUCS match day

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Our intramural programme is run through Power League, and features 5-a-side and 7-a-side leagues. Students simply get their friends together and sign up as a team to register with the league! For more information, please contact Powerleague Leeds on 0113 306 0810, or email leedsnorth@powerleague.co.uk  

The University also offer officiating opportunities through the Athletic Union and through the Referee Development Programme.

For an extensive list of local clubs affiliated to the County FA please contact j.o.hall@leedsbeckett.ac.uk (men's) and e.coates@leedsbeckett.ac.uk (women's).

Plus points

  • Play 5-a-side
  • Play up to 11-a-side on outdoor pitches
  • Join a student intramural league
  • Volunteer within football
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