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American Football


Leeds Beckett University’s American Football club are officially in the top three university American Football teams in the UK and were crowned Division One National champions in 2017.

Last season the squad competed in the BUCS Northern Premiership – a fierce competition which pits the top five university teams in the UK against each other in their bid to be crowned champions.

Why should i join Carnegie American Football?

If you are looking for something to keep you active and sociable in your free time when at university then Carnegie American Football is ideal for you. The team is full of like-minded, competitive individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages who all share a common goal of getting better daily as well as having the will to win. Aside from this, we all pride ourselves in looking out for each other and sharing wisdom and experience in relation to the whole university experience on top of life as a whole. When you are part of this team, you have teammates, but vitally you have a potential brother for life.

Player Spotlight

Benjamin Booth varsity player card - American Football 
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Dale Bottomley – Head Coach

Dale is a former player and alumni of Leeds Beckett and founded the Leeds Academy of American football in 2013 – which now has over 100 5-19 year olds in the squad.

A two-time British Coach of the Year Award winner, Dale has changed Beckett’s fortunes around in his 18 months in charge taking them to National Championship contenders.

Dale also represents the sport on the league committee (BUCS) and educates coaches and teachers year-round.

For more information about playing American Football at Leeds Beckett contact Dale by email d.bottomley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Plus Icon How do I get involved

For more information on joining, please contact the Head Coach using the details above.

Taster sessions:

  • Tuesday 24th September - 8-10pm - 3G (Headingley Campus)
  • Tuesday 1st October - 8.30-10pm - 3G (Headingley Campus)
Plus Icon Pre-requisites for joining

Preferably some experience within a team/sporting setting but we don’t exclude those who want to try something new or want to develop themselves through physical activity. After all we live by our saying of being a brotherhood.

Plus Icon What kit/equipment will I need?

All individuals wishing to join in a taster session are required to bring a gum shield, sports clothing and boots. Our kit managers and committee have everything else necessary for someone new to the sport.

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The team spends most of its time based at the Headingley Campus. With a schedule which will likely take up 15-20 hours of your time weekly spread over 4-5 days both midweek and on weekends. This includes on-field practices as well as Strength and Conditioning sessions and Recovery sessions. You will quickly get a first-hand experience of the excellent facilities Leeds Beckett University has to offer.

The team’s mantra is ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence’.

The team expects all players to strive to reach their full potential whilst studying at Leeds Beckett.















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After completing its 10th season as a club here are a few notable facts & achievements:

  1. We have never had a losing season in our 10-year history as well as never losing a playoff game since our promotion into the premiership.
  2. After the 2018-19 season we are now three-time consecutive winners of the 'Team of the Year' award at the Leeds Beckett Sports Awards.
  3. We were 2017 BUCS Division One National champions.
  4. We are 2018-19 reigning BUCS Premiership National Champions - after just our second season in the league.
  5. We have plenty of phenomenal individuals who have gone progressed play internationally in places such as Germany and Finland, and have had GB level athletes playing a huge part in our overall achievements and status.
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The Leeds Beckett University American football programme is comprehensive, with opportunities available for student athletes to coach the younger teams and work within local schools. Many students have developed their coaching skills through this along with attending courses delivered on campus and in the local region.

The team has developed strong links with coaches in the USA and Europe and there are opportunities for athletes to use these to further their American football playing experiences.

We understand that to breed success players must be treated as individuals and their programmes will incorporate; coaching, strength & conditioning sessions, analysis, and physiotherapy. The programme’s motto is: ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence’ – we expect every student-athlete to join us fully in this endeavour.

About the club

The Carnegie Chargers are the only women’s American Football team at Leeds Beckett University.

Our club plays at a really high standard, over the last two years we have finished 2nd in our annual competition - the Sapphire Series. 

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Have you ever wanted to try a sport and thought you weren’t fit enough? Or perhaps you thought you were too big or too small? With American Football, that will never be the case - we operate on a no trials basis - so if you like American Football you’re in!

The team have a wide variety of players with a mix of abilities - some of our players currently represent Great Britain whilst many of our other players have only just started playing - so no matter what your ability is you will fit right in!

The great thing about American Football is that no matter your size, shape, fitness level or ability there will be a position for you on the field.

We are an inclusive and fun team with a competitive edge - and we treat all of our members as part of a bigger family.

Our ethos is to work hard on the field, and play hard off-field with lively social activities suitable for everyone.

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To arrange a FREE taster session please contact the club on the below accounts.

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You can get in touch with us - and find out the most up to date news - by following our social media accounts below:

Plus Icon What equipment will I need?

All you will need to bring with you is a gum shield, water bottle and trainers and if you have football boots, they are ideal too.

Everything else, from pants to pads to helmets is provided by the club. However, if you would like to buy your own at any point in the year, our coaches and experienced players can give you expert knowledge on which equipment to buy.

Plus Icon Did you know?
  • We are currently ranked 2nd in the UK
  • One of our captains, Robyn Steward was the first ever Great Britain team captain
  • American Football is the fastest growing sport in the U.K. for women
  • The team is part of a wider American Football community at Leeds Beckett
  • We won Club of the Year at the University’s Sports Awards in 2015
  • 12 of our players have been involved with the Great Britain practice squad
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7:30pm-10pm Tuesdays and Thursdays every week at the sports pitches at Headingley Campus!

Plus points

  • High quality indoor and outdoor facilities
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