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Our Partners

The quality of our staff and students mean we are able to build strong and productive relationships with leading industry organisations, including Public Health England, World Anti-Doping Agency, English Football Association, Rugby Football League, Sports Coach UK and the Ministry of Defence. Alongside this we built strong partnerships with major sporting organisations including Leeds United, Yorkshire Carnegie, Yorkshire County Cricket and Leeds Rhinos. 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

Royal British Legion - Battle Back Centre

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 (WIS) personnel at The Battle Back Centre to help WIS personnel achieve the best possible recovery so they can return to service or make a smooth transition to civilian life.

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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Leeds United

Leeds United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Leeds. The club have played at their home ground, Elland Road, since 1919. They play in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

In working closely with Leeds United, we’re able to support the work they do with players at the training ground and provide authentic opportunities and examples to our students.

We are well integrated within the club, Exercise Nutrition Lecturer Nessan Costello and PhD student Andy Jenkinson work closely with the club developing nutritional plans for the first, academy and women’s teams. Other close links include students undertaking coaching internships with the club, and working with the science and medical department at Thorp Arch.

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Leeds Rhinos

The Leeds Rhinos are a professional rugby league club in Leeds. Founded in 1870, they compete in the Super League, the top-level rugby league club competition for an English club, and have won the competition a record eight times.

The research collaboration between Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Beckett University has produced world-leading research from a joint-funded team including a research fellow and eight PhD students, led by Professor Ben Jones.

Leeds Beckett alumni are among some of the Leeds Rhinos stars including former superstars Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock as well as current players Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Tom Briscoe.

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The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) was established in 1997 and is a not-for-profit, international organisation with the mission of leading and developing sport coaching globally. ICCE members seek to enhance the quality of coaching at every level of sport. The ICCE now represents over 30 countries.

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.

Outputs of this cooperation include the International Sport Coaching Framework, the European Sport Coaching Framework, the International Coaching Degree Standards and projects like CoachNet, CoachLearn and iCoachKids.

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Yorkshire Carnegie

Yorkshire Carnegie is an English rugby union club, founded as Leeds RUFC in 1991.

Rugby union at Leeds Beckett University is very successful, with a string of titles and a prestigious list of graduates and current students who are competing at some of the highest levels.

In 2014, Carnegie School of Sport researchers, Professor Ben Jones and Dr Kevin Till, set up the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR), which investigates various aspects of youth rugby, ranging from the nutritional requirements of players, fatigue responses following match play, to the psychological development of youth players.

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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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MoreLife deliver weight management and health improvement programmes to individuals, families, local communities and within workplaces. Supporting individuals, families and communities to have healthy lives by making small, achievable changes. To date, MoreLife have supported over 6000 people, delivering high-quality and locally-relevant services based on patient choice.

MoreLife was born out of the Carnegie Faculty in 1993 and Carnegie School of Sport have always provided robust research that underpins the programmes and services. The research findings and experience have illuminated the importance of accounting for individual needs of the client. It also shows that MoreLife clients lose weight and most keep it off providing a fundamental weight management solution.

This partnership provides opportunities for joint bids for external research and consultancy projects looking at the impact of obesity as well as student placements opportunities and jobs in this specialist field of weight management, obesity and active lifestyles.

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Active Schools

Active Schools promotes a sustainable system through developing a team of people and partnership models with schools and organisation that support the delivery of high quality physical activity, physical education and Sport. The Carnegie School of Sport is proud to be a partner with Active Schools since 2015.

This partnership provides a link to Primary and Secondary Schools for students to complete placements. This opportunity for our students not only enriches their learning, but it also gives them the opportunity to gain valuable experience to explore options of working within an education setting or working with young people.

Our academic staff work in conjunction with Active Schools to conduct research within an educational environment. This contextual research allows us to examine topical issues such as how active primary school children are and ways to increase their physical activity. We also help to design and deliver staff development training for teachers across Leeds.

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