our history

What makes AN EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL?

We're proud to call ourselves a leading centre of sports education. Located in the centre of Leeds, we're growing all the time, and just unveiled a new £45million state-of-the-art training and research centre.

But a great school isn't just about location, and buildings. Since opening in 1933, we've given people the tools and confidence to deliver more compassionate coaching, and more innovative research. That's rubbed off on thousands of graduates who have passed through our doors. And we've learned so much from them.

We also understand that learning involves listening. We work across disciplines to find new angles on established problems. And we've nurtured partnerships with a variety of local, national and international organisations, working together to understand and address issues that affect performance, coaching - and even our society itself.

Carnegie School of Sport Heritage We have a long history in sports education stretching back to 1933 and the prestigious Carnegie College of Physical Training. Today, alumni of this college and its successor institutions are leaders in national and international sport.

  • 2020
    Carnegie School of Sport listed in top 100 in global academic ranking

    Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Sport listed in the top 100 Sport Science Schools in the World and in the top 13 for UK schools.

  • 2020
    Leeds Beckett University takes ownership of flagship Carnegie School of Sport Building

    The state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building is completed and handed over to Leeds Beckett University from its construction partners.

    Explore our facilities
  • 2018
    Construction of the new state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building began

    The £45million facility will be a new home for the school, providing a focus for the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research and enterprise programmes, while also becoming a hub for elite athletes, sports and industry partners.

  • 2016
    Following a review of its structure, the Carnegie faculty was disbanded, and we became the Carnegie School of Sport – established to lead the curriculum development and research in sport
  • 2014
    Our colleagues were ranked second in the Research Excellence Framework when accounting for research quality and the number of contributing staff
  • 2014
    The university officially changed its name to Leeds Beckett University
  • 2009
    The Carnegie faculty was created, which included the School of Sport Education and the School of Events, Tourism, Hospitality & Languages
  • 2006
    Headingley Campus was extended beyond the confines of Beckett Park

    The campus now includes the Carnegie stand at the Headingley Carnegie Rugby Stadium, which was opened by sports minister Richard Caborne.

  • 1992
    Leeds Polytechnic became Leeds Metropolitan University with power to confer its own degrees and other awards
  • 1989
    Leeds Polytechnic left the Leeds Local Education Authority (LEA), and became an independent higher education corporation
  • 1976
    The college merges with Leeds Polytechnic where Clive Bond was appointed Head of Carnegie School, with John Evans taking on the role of Deputy Director of Leeds Polytechnic
  • 1970-73
    Renovation and improvement of the sports facilities takes place

    This included renovation to the original 1912 swimming pool, the creation of football, rugby and hockey pitches and the installation of an all-weather athletics track with flood lighting.

  • 1968
    The City of Leeds and Carnegie College officially merged to form the City of Leeds and Carnegie College
  • 1964
    The city of Leeds Training College changed its name to the City of Leeds College of Education in response to the Robbins Report (1963)

    At this time, there was much overlap in the administration and physical spaces shared by the Carnegie College of Physical Education and the City of Leeds College of Education.

  • 1947
    Renamed Carnegie College of Physical Education, dropping ‘training’ for the more academically focussed ‘education’
  • 1946
    After the second world war, Carnegie was re-established under the warden-ship of Edwin Bouffler

    For the next 22 years, Bouffler steered Carnegie to even greater prominence, arguably making it the most important centre for the study of sport and sport science in the country.

  • 1933
    Carnegie Physical Training College was officially opened by Lord Irwin

    The college was built in response to the lack of male teachers in physical education and the call to improve the quality of training. The tradition for physical training for women was already established, however throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s the need for training for men was highlighted by headmasters and education authorities across the country. Its first warden was Ernest Major who created the foundation for its reputation for excellence in sports teaching both nationally and internationally.

  • 1929
    A joint committee is established

    The Government and Carnegie UK Trust had established a joint committee to look into the establishment of a college of physical education for male teachers. The Carnegie Trust supplied a grant toward the cost of building a college. James Graham, Director of Education for Leeds, was the driving force behind the build and a new Carnegie Hall was sited next the existing City of Leeds Training College which Carnegie students could share their sports facilities. This location and proximity was to prove fruitful to both institutions over the coming years.

  • 2020
    Leeds Beckett University takes ownership of flagship Carnegie School of Sport Building

    The state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building is completed and handed over to Leeds Beckett University from its construction partners.

    Explore our facilities
  • 2016
    Following a review of its structure, the Carnegie faculty was disbanded, and we became the Carnegie School of Sport – established to lead the curriculum development and research in sport
  • 2014
    The university officially changed its name to Leeds Beckett University
  • 2006
    Headingley Campus was extended beyond the confines of Beckett Park

    The campus now includes the Carnegie stand at the Headingley Carnegie Rugby Stadium, which was opened by sports minister Richard Caborne.

  • 1989
    Leeds Polytechnic left the Leeds Local Education Authority (LEA), and became an independent higher education corporation
  • 1970-73
    Renovation and improvement of the sports facilities takes place

    This included renovation to the original 1912 swimming pool, the creation of football, rugby and hockey pitches and the installation of an all-weather athletics track with flood lighting.

  • 1964
    The city of Leeds Training College changed its name to the City of Leeds College of Education in response to the Robbins Report (1963)

    At this time, there was much overlap in the administration and physical spaces shared by the Carnegie College of Physical Education and the City of Leeds College of Education.

  • 1946
    After the second world war, Carnegie was re-established under the warden-ship of Edwin Bouffler

    For the next 22 years, Bouffler steered Carnegie to even greater prominence, arguably making it the most important centre for the study of sport and sport science in the country.

  • 1929
    A joint committee is established

    The Government and Carnegie UK Trust had established a joint committee to look into the establishment of a college of physical education for male teachers. The Carnegie Trust supplied a grant toward the cost of building a college. James Graham, Director of Education for Leeds, was the driving force behind the build and a new Carnegie Hall was sited next the existing City of Leeds Training College which Carnegie students could share their sports facilities. This location and proximity was to prove fruitful to both institutions over the coming years.

  • 2020
    Carnegie School of Sport listed in top 100 in global academic ranking

    Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Sport listed in the top 100 Sport Science Schools in the World and in the top 13 for UK schools.

  • 2018
    Construction of the new state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building began

    The £45million facility will be a new home for the school, providing a focus for the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and research and enterprise programmes, while also becoming a hub for elite athletes, sports and industry partners.

  • 2014
    Our colleagues were ranked second in the Research Excellence Framework when accounting for research quality and the number of contributing staff
  • 2009
    The Carnegie faculty was created, which included the School of Sport Education and the School of Events, Tourism, Hospitality & Languages
  • 1992
    Leeds Polytechnic became Leeds Metropolitan University with power to confer its own degrees and other awards
  • 1976
    The college merges with Leeds Polytechnic where Clive Bond was appointed Head of Carnegie School, with John Evans taking on the role of Deputy Director of Leeds Polytechnic
  • 1968
    The City of Leeds and Carnegie College officially merged to form the City of Leeds and Carnegie College
  • 1947
    Renamed Carnegie College of Physical Education, dropping ‘training’ for the more academically focussed ‘education’
  • 1933
    Carnegie Physical Training College was officially opened by Lord Irwin

    The college was built in response to the lack of male teachers in physical education and the call to improve the quality of training. The tradition for physical training for women was already established, however throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s the need for training for men was highlighted by headmasters and education authorities across the country. Its first warden was Ernest Major who created the foundation for its reputation for excellence in sports teaching both nationally and internationally.

 

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