The foundation will be able to use the state-of-the-art facilities located on site every Wednesday for their Girls Academy (RTC) programme, becoming of few organisations with exclusive access to the building.
The club’s official charity are currently running the RTC programme from two sites, Sherburn High School and the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University where they deliver a number of football initiatives specifically for young females and coaches from the Foundation.
Facilities and equipment are available to be used by the older age groups at the RTC – the Under-14s and Under-16s, as well as various teams and staff members.
This includes dedicated research laboratories, a hypoxic laboratory, a health and wellbeing studio, covered rooftop 60m sprint track for performance training and analysis, rooftop walking track and terrace, enhanced strength and conditioning spaces and changing and recovery facilities.
Specific workshops, monitoring and fitness testing sessions and educational sessions with the girls with the younger age groups also able to use the outdoor training facilities are also available.
Speaking to LUTV, Under-14s player Lorna Kirkwood Thompson said: “I’m really happy because we haven’t had chance to do anything like this before, and obviously after lockdown it’s a good opportunity to build our strength and fitness back up.”
The opportunity to be able to utilise the building and its facilities emphasises the fantastic relationship that has gone from strength to strength with the university. The Leeds United Foundation work hard to provide an elite level of training and performance for the girls’ football programmes that will help to progress the players for the next level of their development in the sport.
With the support of expertise staff at Leeds Beckett and Leeds United it will enable the girls to achieve their goals and for those that are currently on the England international pathway the extra support helps to create more holistic players.