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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).

 

50th Anniversary of Student Rugby League

Rugby League team picture with trophy

50 years ago, students here at the University of Leeds founded the first student rugby league team and convinced university authorities to recognise rugby league as an official sport. Half a century later there are more than 70 student rugby league clubs across the country.

To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Leeds Sport hosted a week of events including an ‘old boys’ alumni fixture and a dinner in terrace with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in Old Bar to mark the occasion.

Leeds Rhino’s superstar Stevie Ward visited Leeds University Union and gave an inspiring talk about the mental and physical challenges involved with playing professional sport as well as speaking out about his ‘Mantality‘ magazine which is aimed at young sports players.

To culminate a week of celebrations a brand new event took place on Friday; the Rugby League Yorkshire Varsity. The current university team took on a ‘Best of Yorkshire’ students side made up of students from the universities of Bradford, Hull, Huddersfield, Leeds Trinity, Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield and York.

The evening proved to be a huge success with over 450 students from Leeds and the other participating universities attending the game as well as a number of Leeds Rhino’s supporters who came down early to watch the fixture. The fixture was played as a curtain raiser to the Leeds Rhino’s v Wakefield Trinity game and The University of Leeds came back from being 18 -4 down in the first half to achieve an impressive 36-24 victory. Freestyle dance opened the event with a fantastic routine, and we also saw George the Gryphon take to the pitch side.

To see pictures from the event, head to our Leeds Sport Facebook page where you’ll find a Yorkshire Varsity album.

 

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. 

Students Selected to Represent England

Weetwood Arial View

Congratulations to all of our talented athletes at the University of Leeds who have been selected as part of the English Universities National Squads for 2017.

The English Universities Programme works to develop talent and selects top athletes from universities across the country to make up a national squad to represent England in the University Home Nations.

Nine athletes from the University of Leeds will now represent the English Universities Team at the Home Nations Tournament on the 10th – 13th April 2017 at Edinburgh University.

Name Sport
Justin Brown Men’s Hockey
Carlos Hollyman Men’s Hockey
Sam Apoola Men’s Hockey
Katie Hopkisson Women’s Hockey
Lara Knowles Women’s Hockey
Charlotte Evans Women’s Hockey
Francesca Houghton Women’s Hockey
Bethan Davies Women’s Football
Rachel Newborough Women’s Football

Good luck to everyone taking part!

 

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.

Students Help Clinch National League Status

players playing hockey at Sports PArk Weetwood at the University of Leeds

Photo from Malcolm Rogers

Leeds Hockey Club Men’s first team has gained promotion into the National League with five games still left to play.

In  2014 The University of Leeds Hockey Club merged with Leeds Hockey Club and Leeds Becket University Hockey Club in a ground-breaking partnership.

The aim of this merger was to give the city of Leeds it’s first men’s National League side by combining the best players together in to one team, and using the top class facilities at the University of Leeds’ flagship outdoor site, Sports Park Weetwood.

This forward thinking has paid off and just 3 years after the partnership was formed Leeds Hockey Club have secured promotion into the National League with a 3-1 win over Wakefield Hockey Club.

A number of University of Leeds staff and students have been instrumental in achieving this national status, with ten University students playing in the team through the season alongside two members of staff and two alumni.

University of Leeds Players 
Students Staff Alumni
Savvas Hadjigeorgiou Carl Smith (Head of Hockey) Daniel Mills
Josh Mailing David Bond (Performance Sport Manager) Tom Precious
Will Kenney-Herbert
Justin Brown
Sam Apoola
George Wilkinson
Carlos Dolado-Hollyman
Alex Hayes
Matt Budd
Sam Lines

University of Leeds staff member Gawaine Mackenzie-Hogg, (operations manager at Sports Park Weetwood) and performance director at Leeds Hockey Club has also been instrumental in this achievement and driving the partnership forward in the city. Gawaine has overseen the use of the facilities at Sports Park Weetwood where over £1m has been spent on Hockey facilities by the University over the past three years, including a brand new water-based pitch completed in 2016.

This brilliant achievement cements the University of Leeds as a top sporting University, giving students the opportunity to play at a national level.

 

Student Success at BUCS Nationals

Performance

British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals returned to Sheffield this weekend and saw 125 students from the University of Leeds compete across 8 sports.

Saturday saw our women’s climbers Holly Murray and Phoebe Blackney take 9th and 10th places respectively, out of a field of 131 competitors.

Judo cleaned up the medals in the individual categories with Matthew Lenney taking Bronze, Gianluca Guerriero Silver and Cian Grace taking Gold. Whilst in Karate, Dario Fernandez Ainaga took Bronze in the Male Intermediate kata.

Over in the swimming, the competition was incredibly tough with big names such as Rio Olympian Max Litchfield and University of Leeds Alumni and Paralympian Claire Cashmore competing. However that didn’t stop the Gryphons as Claire Collins reached the final and placed 6th in the women’s 200m IM and both University of Leeds medley teams made the 400m finals with women claiming 8th and the men 9th.

Sunday brought us the athletics final with a number of results for Leeds athletes. In field, Christine Nick took 7th in the shot put, and Anna short narrowly missed out on a medal in the long jump following a tie in 3rd position. Unfortunately her competitor beat her to the bronze scoring higher with her next best jump, but Anna did achieve a new PB with a jump of 5.76m. On the track, John Ashcroft claimed 6th position in the 1500m final, and after a fantastic turn of speed on the back straight, Will Snook ran his way to a Silver medal in the mens 800m.

Also on Sunday, Leeds athletes impressed in the trampolining finals. Abbey Boyle achieved 10th out of 38 in the BUCS 1 competition, and Club president Tara Wales stamped her mark placing 15th out of 54 in BUCS 2. Harry Sharman finished the day on a high claiming 2nd place in the mens BUCS 3A competition.

A huge congratulations to all students who participated in BUCS Nationals and represented the University Leeds. A full list of results can be found here.

 

Brand New Varsity Event Comes to Leeds

On Friday 17th March, our Rugby League team will go head to head with a side made up of the best rugby league players from universities across Yorkshire in order to be crowned Yorkshire Varsity champions.

This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of student rugby league, which originated here at the University of Leeds, with a week of events culminating with our brand new Yorkshire Varsity event. This will see the Leeds Gryphons take on the ‘Best of Yorkshire’ at Headingley Carnegie Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Leeds Rhino’s vs Wakefield Trinity Super League fixture.

As the event falls on St Patrick’s day, there will be facepaints, irish dancing, and plenty of pre-match and half-time entertainment. Finish the night off at Leeds University Union for a St Patrick’s day fruity, our official Yorkshire Varsity after party.

Get involved:

Tickets for students cost only £13 and include entry to both the Yorkshire Varsity game and Leeds Rhino’s Super League fixture, plus a free drink voucher. Tickets are for the South Stand, the standing terrace along the side of the pitch, undercover, providing a great atmosphere for St Patricks day.

To purchase your tickets, visit the Leeds University Union helpdesk, call 0371 423 1315, or visit the Leeds Rugby Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

To book online, head to the Leeds Rhinos website and follow these steps:

  • Go to the Rhinos v Wakefield match on the home games page
  • Select South Stand Student ticket and proceed to checkout
  • Input the promotional code varleeds to redeem this offer
Fruity Early Bird Tickets:
With the hotly anticipated St Patrick’s Fruity sure to be a sell out, we’ve got 40 discounted tickets left to sell alongside the Rugby League Yorkshire Varsity tickets. These are available from LUU helpdesk. 

Please note all bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee and when booking online please DO NOT select the ‘Print @ Home’ option as it will not generate your free drink voucher.

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.