american football



The Carnegie American Football Team is officially the top university American football team in the UK, after being crowned BUCS National Champions in 2019. Working under the leadership of award-winning Head Coach Dale Bottomley, the team practice and play hard. Our players pride themselves on their team culture and if you are looking for a university in the UK to play American football, here you will play with the country’s best, gaining not only new teammates but brothers for life.

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our ethos

More than just a team

Carnegie American Football Team

We are extraordinarily diverse, with players from all over the world coming to pursue their passion for the sport while also studying a university degree. 

As a team we have one goal: to support each other on and off the field and reach your full potential.

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Everything you need to know

Train to win

The American football team spends most of its time based at our Headingley Campus. With a schedule that fits around your studies, it will likely take up 15-20 hours of your time weekly, spread over four to five days, including midweek and weekends. The schedule includes on-field practices, strength and conditioning sessions and recovery sessions. You will quickly get a first-hand experience of what Leeds Beckett University has to offer.

The team’s mantra is ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence’ and all players are expected to strive to reach their full potential whilst playing and studying at Leeds Beckett.

USA Player Spotlight Conor Sullivan

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Video: A day in the life of an American Footballer

American football player Sean Kubit-Miller

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example training schedule


  • Monday: Pool recovery 
  • Tuesday: Strength and conditioning | team reviews and practice 
  • Wednesday: Strength and conditioning 
  • Thursday: Strength and conditioning | team reviews and practice 
  • Friday: Strength and conditioning 
  • Saturday: Rest day 
  • Sunday: Game day


start your team beckett journey

American Football players during a game
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