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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



Non League

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.

Leeds Beckett Futsal Club

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

Alongside the Football and Futsal Clubs, there is a very popular intramural programme managed by Power League, and the option to  book a pitch.

If you are looking to boost your CV, there are also volunteering opportunities, as well as the option to gain coaching qualifications.


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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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