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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.

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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

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For more information on joining, please contact the Head Coach using the details above.
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Strength and conditioning, film review and rehab sessions form a large part of the training programme at Beckett as well as high-tempo on-field sessions.

We also have an excellent range of training facilities available including a designated astro-turf hockey pitch for the club, as well as:

Headingley Campus facilities:

  • New and improved gym
  • Strength & conditioning suite
  • Dedicated strength & conditioning coach
  • Swimming pool
  • Squash courts
  • Dedicated sports halls and arena
  • Athletics track
  • Soccer pitches
  • Rugby pitches
  • 3G pitches
  • All-weather pitches
  • Les Mills Fitness Classes

City Campus

  • Gym
  • Fitness suite

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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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.

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    • We are currently ranked 2nd in the U.K.
    • 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!

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    • High quality indoor and outdoor facilities
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