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Our Partners

We’re proud to be part of a global sporting community, working with local, regional and international partners. 

From international governing bodies and professional clubs, to grassroots community projects, each of our relationships not only helps us to improve our understanding of sport and active lifestyles but also raises ambitions and generates positive outcomes at all levels of society. 

Building strong, productive relationships with our partners has helped us stay at the forefront of gender equality research, tackle childhood obesity, promote health and wellbeing, and develop physical rehabilitation programmes for injured servicemen and women. 

Our integration with professional sports clubs also gives our students access to high quality, practical experiences, bringing together exceptional athletes, shared training facilities, work placements and coaching and research expertise. 



Our Partnerships

Our Key Partners

Leeds United

We have worked closely with Leeds United for many years and are proud of our long-standing and valuable relationship with the football club.

This partnership continues to open up positive career opportunities for our students, with many of our alumni taking up roles at Leeds United, further positioning Leeds Beckett University as shaping the future of sport.

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Leeds United Academy

We have been working with both Leeds United Boys and Girls Academies since 2016. The partnership allows us to offer research placements with the football club for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, helping to support its junior athletes in their coaching and development.

Our work sees us collaborate with both the Boys and Girls Academies. With the Boys Academy, we have set up a collaborative match-funded PhD between the University and the club, exploring the long-term athletic development of elite male players, as well as the club funding various MRes placements in the fields of nutrition and sports science.

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We are proud to have been partnered with the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) since 2010, working together to support coaches around the world.

As a not-for-profit cooperative leading the development of coaching globally, the ICCE has worked with leading organisations to help shape policy and practice in coaching across the world. 

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Leeds Rhinos Rugby League

Our partnership with rugby league club, Leeds Rhinos, has spanned more than a decade, with the school working with the club on various projects throughout that time. 

The university works with coaches and players in the first team, academy, and women’s team to undertake research in sports performance, training and match demands, performance analysis and nutrition as part of a wide-ranging partnership.

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Leeds Rhinos Netball

The partnership with the Carnegie School of Sport allows Rhinos’ Superleague netball squads to benefit from the school’s expertise, with staff and PhD students from the University working within the organisation to provide sport science and strength and conditioning support to maximise their performance. 

Leeds Rhinos Netball’s vision is to help professionalise netball in the UK, providing the first full time high-performance environment for a Superleague franchise and through our partnership, school staff and students are playing a vital role in supporting this.

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Set up by Leeds Beckett University in February 2011, MoreLife was the product of more than 15 years’ research by the Carnegie School of Sport into obesity.

The university’s research highlighted that there wasn’t enough high-quality support available for people looking to live a healthy lifestyle, so MoreLife was created to directly address the issue.

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We have been working on a range of projects with European football governing body UEFA since 2013 and have recently launched a campaign expected to last a further two years.

Academics from the university work closely with representatives from UEFA and its 55 member national football associations to co-ordinate and conduct evaluations of these programmes.

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Get Set Leeds 

We’re proud to work with Leeds City Council and have collaborated on various projects over the past three years. Our latest partnership is centred around a Council-led project called Get Set Leeds (GSL).

In GSL we work on increasing physical activity within everyday life, for example walking to the supermarket, cycling (rather than driving) or making a conscious effort to take a certain number of steps per day.

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As lead founding member of ICOACHKIDS, a not-for-profit global movement, we are proud of the organisation’s positive impact. ICOACHKIDS works to create best-in-class digital resources for youth coaches and an online community where coaches can exchange knowledge and ideas with their peers. 

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Huddersfield Town 

We began working with Huddersfield Town Football Club in June 2020, helping to fund research, work experience and student placements. 

Our partnership with the club enables undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Carnegie School of Sport to gain valuable work experience in a professional sporting environment, developing both their applied practice and research skills. 

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British Athletics: Leeds Talent Hub

The Leeds Talent Hub was formally established in November 2019, forged out of a long-standing partnership between the Carnegie School of Sport and British Athletics. 

The Talent Hub was created for promising athletes between the ages of 16 and 21, with the objective of providing a pathway from junior talent to world-class performers. It is a partnership that sees the British Athletics Talent Hub programme delivered by England Athletics at Leeds Beckett University with stakeholder support from London Marathon and the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

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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. 

England performance unit

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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Battle Back Centre

Leeds Beckett has been working with the Royal British Legion (RBL) on the Battle Back programme, a world-leading recovery programme for military wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans, since 2011. The programme runs year-round and is delivered by the University’s Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) team.

Working in close partnership with RBL and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), CGO designs and delivers a range of residential activity and skills programmes to WIS and the veteran community as part of the MoD’s Recovery Pathway.

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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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