Leeds Beckett Football currently boasts seven teams: three women’s and four men’s. The Club is staff led and student-run with the aim of providing a high level of competitive, representative football for players, whilst providing opportunities for the development of coaching, management, leadership and administration skills for the members.

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our ethos

A club with a rich football culture

Leeds Beckett Football Team

Our football programme enables you to balance university sport, academic success and external club commitments and, as part of the LBU Football team, you’ll be following in the footsteps of some giants of the game. Past players include:

  • Lucy Bronze (Manchester City and England) – voted 2019 UEFA women’s player of the year. Two-time BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Semi Finalist, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze Medallist.
  • Jade Moore (Orlando Pride and England) – 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Semi Finalist, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze Medallist.
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A Leeds Beckett footballer battles to win the ball

Everything you need to know

Train to be the best

Our Football teams train twice a week on our purpose built, fully floodlit, rubber crumb 3G pitch. You’ll have weekly Strength and Conditioning sessions, video analysis / match prep and recovery sessions. During the season you'll have one game a week on a Wednesday. Nothing compares to the Wednesday afternoon buzz around campus and you can be sure to find some supporters close by! 

All training is scheduled around your studies, taking up around 15-20 hours of your time weekly, spread over four to five days including evening and weekends.


All players will need to provide their own boots and shin guards. Goalkeepers will be expected to provide their own gloves.

Silver club mark

The women's football team has been awarded the Silver LBU Club Mark for 2022/23

We have been supporting students to reach their potential through the scheme since 2002. Famous alumni that have benefitted from the scheme include Lucy Bronze, Alistair Brownlee, Alex Yee, Emily Scarratt, Vicky Fleetwood, Laura Weightman and Tom Bosworth.

Leeds Beckett awards a number of sports scholarships to high performing athletes each year who are committed to upholding the values of the university and willing to represent Leeds Beckett in BUCS events. Scholarships are also awarded to those who demonstrate the ability to progress and achieve high levels of success in their chosen sports.


As a footballer you may be eligible for a scholarship if you meet the following criteria:

  • Men - Be a regular contributor to a 1st team squad in step 3 of non league or above.
  • Women - Be a regular contributor to a 1st team squad in tier 3 or above, or part of a WSL/championship academy.

Join the Football Team

How to get involved

Due to its immense popularity the club has an invite-only pre-season programme in September, which is supported by a lengthy trials process which generally attracts 500 new players. 70 players will be invited to join the club in preparation for the start of BUCS Fixtures October.

If you’re interested in taking part in the trials for next seasons please get in touch with Head Coach Ruth.

Further trial information will be circulated on the club social media pages:

Ruth the coach

Head Coach
Accredited University - Two Stars - Part of England Football - BUCS

We recently became a two star accredited University

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Our 'Clean Sport' commitment

All sporting participants have the right to compete in drug-free sport (Clean Sport). Leeds Beckett University adopts the UK Anti-Doping and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact it can have on society.
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Sports treatment centre

Leeds Beckett University has a free Injury Clinic at our Headingley Campus - giving students the experience they need for massage and injury treatment under supervision from qualified staff (only available during term times.)

  • Located at The Trackside Pavilion (Upstairs), Headingley Campus
  • Free treatment clinic when you have a sports membership
  • Injury treatment
  • Sports massage

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Be part of the winning team

Whether you're an elite athlete or just looking to get active or have some fun, we have something for everyone.

Our Athletic Union has 38 sports clubs, and over 80 teams - regardless of your sports interest, the Athletic Union is here to help you have the best student sport experience during your time at Leeds Beckett. We also have affordable gym memberships available, packed with fitness and other great activities you can get involved with.

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Male using gym facilities for a work out

Get in touch with the carnegie sport team