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Our Partners

We have a long tradition of working with local, regional and international partners to add value to the work we do and enhance the university sport experience. Our heritage, built on the values and principles of the Carnegie College of Physical Training in 1933, alongside the quality of our staff and students mean we are able to build strong and productive relationships with major sporting organisations including Leeds United, Yorkshire County Cricket and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League. Our integration within these professional sports clubs allows us to include high quality, practical, experiences in our offer, including bringing together exceptional athletes, shared training facilities, work placements and coaching and research expertise. 

Our Partnerships

Our Key Partners

Leeds United

In working closely with Leeds United, we’re able to support their promotion campaign, but also provide authentic opportunities and examples to our students. Exercise nutrition lecturer Nessan Costello and PhD student Andy Jenkinson, from the Carnegie School of Sport, have worked closely with the club, developing nutritional plans for the first, academy and women’s teams, focusing on player development and optimal health. The work they have done includes providing the provision, management, and direction of performance nutritional support for the club. Other close links include students undertaking coaching internships with the club, and working with the science and medical department at Leeds United’s training ground, Thorp Arch.



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Leeds Rhinos Rugby League

In 2004 our University formed a pioneering partnership with Leeds Rugby: the first of its kind to bring together a professional club, regional academy programme and a higher education establishment. Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie are the makeup of Leeds Rugby. Staff and students from the university work closely with Leeds Rhinos, to enhance performance. More than 300 students a year have benefited from our partnership with Leeds Rugby through work placements, internships, volunteering and paid employment opportunities, providing memorable experiences in a professional sporting environment. Leeds Rhinos staff, including Director of Rugby - Kevin Sinfield, Head of Physical Performance - Chris Black, Strength and Conditioning Coach - Dan Grange and Head of Media and PR - Phil Daly, are all Leeds Beckett Alumni.

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Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Founded in 1863, Yorkshire County Cricket Club is one of the most successful teams in English cricketing history, with 33 County Championship titles. 

In 2010 the University opened the Carnegie Pavilion and built in partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Yorkshire Forward. It operates as a state-of-the art cricket pavilion and media centre during the summer and a teaching facility during the academic year.

The partnership also affords the University the opportunity to improve its community links, provides students with placements, internships, training facilitates and casual work in a number of diverse roles within the club.

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Castleford Tigers

Last year saw our Masters students supporting Castleford’s Scholarship players around nutrition and mental skills development. Now, as the project enters its second year, junior players at the Super League rugby club will be provided with expert psychology and nutrition support in a bid to develop their professional skills. 

The expanded partnership will include diet and nutrition provision for the club’s part-time Under-18s and Reserves players for 2020. The partnerships provides a great opportunity for our Masters students to gain experience of working in an applied environment. Students are mentored through our psychology practicum module and sport and exercise nutrition applied practice programme to develop their professional skills. As a result, players receive education workshops and one to one support where appropriate, informed by the cutting-edge research undertaken at Leeds Beckett University, enhancing their development on their journey to play at a senior level.

World Anti-Doping Agency

Staff in our School are supporting the actions of the World Anti-Doping Agency by providing their expertise on the Social Science Research Expert group and through the delivery of an empirical evidence-base to underpin their global education programmes. 

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The England Performance Unit (EPU) is led by the Rugby Football League. The EPU was launched with the aim of developing more world-class England rugby players for all senior squads by 2021. Leeds Beckett University have several staff and PhD students embedded within the EPU to support the Men, Women, Wheelchair, Knights, Academy and Youth programmes. Staff include Professor Ben Jones (EPU - Head of Performance) and Sean Scantlebury (Sports Scientist). PhD students Neil Collins, Tom Sawczuk and Victor Adeyemo are also undertaking research, applying computer science techniques to performance and injury data.

Clean Sport Alliance

Working in partnership with the national anti-doping organisations of Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Ireland and the UK, and alongside academics from Kingston University and the University of Birmingham, staff in the School have established the Clean Sport Alliance. The Clean Spot Alliance aims to empower the anti-doping community through cooperative actions that bridge the gap between research, policy and practice.

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Active Schools

Active Schools supports education providers to develop a sustainable system for PE, sport and physical activity to enrich the lives of children and young people. The Creating Active Schools research group at Leeds Beckett University work closely with a range of Active Schools providers within the Yorkshire and Humber area, including private organisations such as Tagtiv8 and Yorkshire Sport. Strong relationships with these organisations, and the schools that they serve, ensure that our students can access high-quality placements. From working in school Physical Education departments to deliver PE, embedding physical activity and sport across the school day, to supporting external organisations with the delivery of their specific products and sessions. The Creating Active Schools research team have an international reputation for school-based research. Recently, they have led the development of the first whole-school physical activity framework in partnership with teachers, headteachers, active school coordinators, public health specialists, national organisations, national and international researchers and members of the Sport England Local Delivery Pilots. 

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The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) is an international organisation with the mission of leading and developing sport coaching globally. The Carnegie School of Sport currently serves as an international hub for the ICCE and hosts its Global Coaches Office. This partnership has initiated a number of projects, including work examining coaching networks and learning across the EU and beyond. Work has taken place in Finland, Germany and Poland and has led to some pioneering coaching systems development work. The team is also working in the USA, China, the Philippines, and Japan among others.

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Working in partnership with The Royal British Legion (TRBL) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), our University is proud to deliver and evaluate a mandatory residential personal recovery and development course for military wounded, injured and sick personnel. Since the centre’s launch in 2011, Carnegie School of Sport, along with Carnegie Great Outdoors, delivered and evaluated 34 week-long residential courses per year at the Centre. We provide specialist coaching for the five-day multi-activity residential programmes giving participants opportunities to take part in challenging activities including climbing, water sports, caving, wheelchair basketball and archery. Our Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure evaluates the effectiveness of the intervention.

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