Brand New Member Benefit!

The Edge is excited to announce a brand new member benefit for all of our members; special offers for LEEDS TOTAL WARRIOR!

Join 20,000 Warriors for the pinnacle of obstacle racing, providing the greatest courses set in the finest venues.  Leeds Total warrior takes place on Sat 24th and Sun 25th June 2017 and we are pleased to be able to offer The Edge members some special offers including discounted entry (Sunday only), a free place offer (Saturday only) and discounted/free entry for volunteers.

 

Discounted Entry at £50 – Sun 25th June only

Members of The Edge can receive a special discounted entry for the Leeds Sunday Total Warrior event paying just £50 (plus booking fee). All you need to do is enter the promo code TheEdge at checkout.*

 

Free Place(s) Offer – Sat 24th June only

For those wishing to enter on Saturday 24th June, why not recruit your mates and make the most of The Edge special Free Place offer for teams.*

Team of 10 = 1 free place

20+ team = 2 free places

30+ team = 3 free places

and so on…

Free places can be claimed by emailing thechief@totalwarrior.co.uk.**

 

Total Warrior Volunteer Offer

  • Volunteer for 1 day at Total Warrior and receive a 50% Discount (off the current individual price) to a future event
  • Volunteer for 2 days and receive a Free Entry to a future event.

To take advantage of this offer, please email thechief@totalwarrior.co.uk for further details. To find out more about TW volunteering, or to apply, please go to the ‘Volunteers’ page on the TW website.

 

To Find out more about Total Warrior or to sign up, please click here!

*Special offer is valid until the final entry closes for the event and is only available for the Leeds Sunday event.  To use TheEdge promotion code, Warriors need to select Leeds Sunday, click the ‘Enter promotion code’  then click ‘Apply’.  An Edge50 Ticket will then appear.

**To claim your free place(s) please email thechief@totalwarrior.co.uk.  You must have other team members signed up to be able to claim your free place(s).

 

Swimming Pool Updates

The Edge

Peak Times

Peak times occur between the hours of 12:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00 on weekdays.

 

School Hire

Please note that for some School Hire sessions that will be taking place during the week, the depth of the pool will be altered, with the pool floor raised to 0.9m. The separate male and female changing areas within the Village Changing Area will also be closed.

 

Saturday 25th March 1 Lane being used from 13:15 to 15:15 for external booking

Sunday 26th March 1 Lane being used from 12:15 to 14:15 for external booking.

 

New Kettlebell Courses

We are excited to introduce to you a brand new course teaching the basics of safe and effective Kettlebell use! 

 

Courses start week commencing 3rd April and run for six weeks on:

 

Mondays

20:30 – 21:30

Tuesdays

11:00 – 12:00

Wednesdays

12:30 – 13:30

 

To book a place on a course, please contact The Edge Reception on 0113 343 5095.

 

Kettlebell training is a fantastic and functional form of whole body training. They help to build strength, endurance and power, particularly in the lower back, legs and shoulders. They are also an extremely effective tool for fat loss and toning.

Unlike exercises traditional training with dumbbells or barbells, kettlebells involve large dynamic movements working many muscle groups at once. Kettlebell exercise is challenging, fun and unique, combining aerobic, strength and high intensity interval (HIIT) elements to your exercise to provide a more varied and enjoyable exercise experience.

 

Each course will take place in our NEW state-of-the-art Personal Training studio. We only have space for 10 members per session, so be sure to book your space quickly!

 

To book a place on a course or if you have any other queries, please contact The Edge Reception on 0113 343 5095 or at edgereception@leeds.ac.uk

University Official Sponsor of Leeds Sports Awards

University of Leeds Sponsor Leeds Sports awards

We are proud to be sponsoring the Club/Team Performance Award at this years Leeds Sport Awards. 

2016 has been a great year for Leeds’ sporting legends and University of Leeds Alumni, from the Olympics in Rio, all the way back home to the inaugural Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon here in Leeds. The year is certainly something to be celebrated, recognising all of our talented sports heroes, from the medal winners to their coaches, all the future achievers Leeds has to offer and everything in between.

To celebrate the year of success, the Leeds Sports Awards brought to you by Sport Leeds, will commemorate all things sport, and all things Leeds in one fantastic evening at the iconic first direct arena.

As part of this spectacular event the University is proud to sponsor the Club/Team Performance Award which has three finalists:

We also have a number of University of Leeds students and alumni who are finalists at the awards.

  • Paralympic Table Tennis star, Kim Daybell – (Special Contribution – Student Sport)
  • University of Leeds Hiking and Orienteering Club committee member and volunteer, James Nicholson – (Special Contribution – Student Sport)
  • University of Leeds Women’s Hockey Club – (Special Contribution – Student Sport)
  • Alistair Brownlee – (Senior Achievers – Sportsman of the Year)
  • Jonny Brownlee – (Senior Achievers – Sportsman of the Year)

Good Luck to all our finalists!

Follow all the action at the awards on the 7th March from our Leeds Sport Twitter account. 

We need 5 Million Moves from you …

The Global campaign against obesity and sedentary lifestyle is on its way. Join us and donate your MOVES.  

Information

  • Date: Monday 13th – Friday 31st March
  • Prizes to be won:
    • First 50 to register will get a FREE Lets Move Performance t-shirt
    • First 50 to achieve 10,000 Moves over 7 days during the campaign will get a FREE goodie bag worth £30 containing; Edge locker token, health assessment voucher, day pass and a MyWellness key
    • Edge member who obtains the most Moves over the campaign will get a FREE Edge Premium membership for next year.

It’s simple, log onto MyWellness and start tracking your exercises during the campaign dates, and if collectively we all hit 5m MOVES Technogym will give us a load of free equipment to support the University Lifestyle and Wellbeing programme.

 

 

University of Leeds Staff member but not a member of The Edge?

You can get involved in the campaign and help us collect moves as well.

Enjoy Premium Edge membership until the 31st of March for only £10.

Squash Courses at The Edge

Squash courses

We have a few places left on our upcoming squash courses.

It is a great chance to hone your skills or learn the basics on the court floor with an expert squash coach. Squash is a great way to get fit and have fun. The lessons will be taught in groups of 4 and are a great way to make new friends, with the small group size allowing for tailored training.

The courses only cost £72 and will consist of 45 minute lessons for 6 weeks, starting from Friday 10th February.

All courses will be ran by experienced squash coach David Lines, who has previously coached the Thailand national team amongst others.

 


Beginners Course

The beginners’ course will start you from the foundations. You will learn how to play the right way from the start and by the end you will understand the game completely. Develop your style with a professional coach and take your first steps towards becoming a squash player; all while having a lot of fun.

 

Fridays: 17:15 – 18:00

 

Intermediate Course

The intermediate course is a chance to advance your knowledge of the game and improve your techniques on the court. Learn how to develop your skills and consistency, alongside tactical training. The programme will help you become an all-round better coached player.

 

Fridays: 18:00 – 18:45

 


There are limited spaces, so don’t miss you chance to sign up now!

Rackets are provided, you just need to show up in your gym kit with non-marking trainers and you are ready to go!

The courses are a great chance to get an edge over your squash opponent.

Book onto the courses in person at the Edge Reception or call us at 0113 343 5095.

If you have any questions fill in the contact form below.

Non-members of the Edge can also sign up! You will simply have to pay for use of our facilities at reception before your class.

Places are running out! So book now for the best chance to sign up.

 

Further details?

University’s lasting tribute to Olympic-winning Brownlees

Brownlee brothers sat on machinery with building in background

A new £5m University of Leeds sports facility is to be named after its most successful alumni athletes, Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

The Brownlee Centre sits alongside a new 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit – one of the longest in the country –  at the University’s Bodington playing fields in north Leeds.

The unique centre, which opens in April, is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training base and will provide the first permanent home for the world-beating Leeds Triathlon Centre.

Combining a strength and conditioning training suite, physiotherapy, medical and other support services with one of the longest cycle circuits in the country, this new world-class development will enhance facilities for both cycling and triathlon in the region.

Partnership funding from Sport England, UK Sport, British Cycling and British Triathlon is contributing £1million to the project, with the remaining funding provided by the University.

“This is a real honour,” said Alistair Brownlee, “Having the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon centre in Leeds will ensure that the city continues to be a hub for triathlon. It brings together the facilities top athletes need in one place to create a world class training environment. It is a real boost for both participation and elite sport in the area and will hopefully help the next generation of Leeds athletes on their journey to Olympic success”

Alistair studied Sports Science and Physiology at Leeds and won gold in the triathlon competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

His brother Jonny, who took silver in August, added: “We can’t wait to bring our bikes up here and try it. The track is a great addition to Yorkshire’s cycling facilities and will benefit cyclists and other sportsmen and women of all abilities.
“We’re both really pleased to continue our relationship with the University and I hope that what we’ve achieved can inspire everyone who uses the facilities to try their hardest, whether it’s in competitive sport or in building confidence on two wheels.”

brownlee brothers on tarmac machine

Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands, said: “The University is extremely proud of Alistair and Jonny’s achievements and it is fitting that this unique world-class facility, which will inspire thousands of people to be more active, is to be named after two of our most successful sportsmen.
“Our graduates have dominated top level triathlon and cycling at various events, an achievement which everyone in Leeds can be proud of. Opening The Brownlee Centre and new cycle circuit reinforces our vision of becoming the number one provider of higher education sport and physical activity experience in the UK.”

At last year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, all three of the men’s triathlon team were Leeds alumni, with Gordon Benson joining the medal-winning Brownlee brothers. The University is one of the UK’s leading sports institutions, with the Brownlees following in the footsteps of a number of Olympic champions.

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at the University, said: “We’re really pleased to acknowledge the fantastic sporting success of the Brownlees in such a practical, permanent way.
“We are so proud of Alistair and Jonny and of their continuing relationship with the University – from regular training at our facilities, to the inspiration they provide students, staff and members of the public alike with their achievements.
“We are also pleased to have played a part in their success by providing excellent training facilities and by tailoring their degrees to allow time to prepare and compete.
“The facility they are putting their name to represents a success story for cycling and triathlon in Leeds and beyond. It will ensure athletes of all abilities have some of the best facilities in the UK available close to home.”

The 6 metre-wide circuit will provide a traffic-free environment for cyclists of all ages and abilities – including University students, staff and the wider community – for recreation, coaching and competition.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Director of Cycling, said: “Leeds – and the wider West Yorkshire region – has produced countless successful elite sportspeople over the years, and one of British Cycling’s key aims has always been to ensure that elite success translates into mass participation, and that those inspired by Britain’s finest cyclists have high quality facilities at which to develop their own skills and confidence on a bike.

This new cycle circuit will deliver exactly that for the people of Leeds, and we look forward to seeing locals, regardless of age, ability or previous level of experience on a bike, take advantage of the facility once it is open.”

Four of the six Team GB Rio games triathlon competitors – including the Brownlees’ fellow University of Leeds alumnus Gordon Benson – will be based at the new facilities.
Bodington Playing Fields are no stranger to elite athletes, having hosted numerous national standard cross country competitions. Its running routes are also used weekly by Leeds Triathlon Centre’s elite training squad, which includes the Brownlees. The site will also continue to be used for grass sports including football and rugby. The next phase of development will see three additional grass pitches, with work scheduled for completion in September 2017.

 
The University has invested over £25m in new sports facilities over the past 10 years and these improvements complement nearby Sports Park Weetwood, the University’s flagship 100-acre facility used by students and members of the community for hockey, football, rugby, cricket, lacrosse, American football and more.

 

Find ouit more about the development on our campus developments website. 

If you have any questions about this story please contact Tilly Hall: n.c.hall@leeds.ac.uk, 0113 343 7525.

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The Edge

The government has announced in the Autumn Statement that from April 2017 the Salary Sacrifice Scheme in relation to health club memberships will be stopped.

What you need to know:

  • Arrangements in place before April 2017 will be protected until April 2018.
  • We will not be able to offer the Salary Sacrifice Scheme to anybody wanting to join/re-join after 16th March 2017.
  • Our final day to accept renewals/new requests will be the 16th March 2017. We have this cut-off date in place to make allowance for processing time.
  • Unfortunately we cannot shorten or extend the term of the scheme as outlined by HMRC.
  • We currently do not offer any alternatives to the scheme.

For more information on the Salary Sacrifice Scheme please refer to section 5.2 via the following link 

 

New earlier weekend opening hours at the Edge!

The Edge

Love a weekend workout?

We’re excited to announce that from the 4th of February 2017 we will be opening The Edge for an extra hour at the weekend. Join us from 7:30am instead of 8:30am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Customers will be able to take advantage of earlier access to the:

Swimming pool – full 8 lane swimming will be available on both Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy an extra hour of early morning training before our swimming lessons start.

Fitness Suite – will be fully open on Saturdays for all, and on Sundays we will be running a new women’s only gym session which will run 7:30 – 9:30am. This is in response to a proposal put forward and successfully voted on by the student body, within Leeds University Union.

Other Edge facilities such as sports halls and studios will be available from 8:30am

 “We have listened to customer feedback and are keen where we can to offer additional benefits, so more availability on weekends for swimming is one, ensuring that we maximise value for money for our Edge members. We are also keen to pilot the women’s only session in the gym on a Sunday morning to see if there is a growing demand for this type of session. ” Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport & Physical Activity

For more information, please contact The Edge Reception Team on 0113 343 5095 edgereception@leeds.ac.uk

 

Women Only Strength Training Courses

Women Strength Training Courses

Do you walk into the weights room filled with confusion? Or worst are you intimidated by all that equipment? Does the sound of weight training echo through your brain at night?

Do not worry, The Edge is here to banish those fears from your mind.

From Monday 23rd January, our Women Only Strength Training courses are back by popular demand.

Strength Training is a great way to get fit, lean and lose weight. Research has shown the benefits of adding weights into your workouts. Not only does it lower body fat, but also reduces your risk of heart disease and diabetes. It has also been shown to help battle depression and increase your energy levels!

Our Women Only Strength Training courses are the perfect opportunity for beginners or intermediates to learn techniques to improve their workouts and reach their fitness goals.

The course will run for 6 weeks, one session per week, and will be taught by our expert Personal Trainer team. The sessions will cover the main lifts of resistance training, as well as the concepts and common training methods. We will also provide useful tips on nutrition.

Let’s be honest; all of us want to be stronger, healthier and look how we feel! Our Women Only Strength Courses can give you the techniques that will help make this a reality.


You can choose to attend the course before your work day or in the evening.

The first session starts on Monday 23rd January and run throughout the week. The courses only cost £65!*


The courses are a great chance to learn new techniques in a friendly environment, and let your body reap the rewards!

There are limited spaces, so don’t miss you chance to sign up now!

Book onto the course that suits your lifestyle best! Check our table below for course session times.

Monday07:00 & 18:00
Tuesday19:30
Wednesday18:00
Thursday18:30
Friday06.30 & 18:30

Call us at 0113 343 5095 or come into Edge reception to book now.

*Non-members will have to pay the additional non-member entry fee