Membership Price Changes

The Edge News

After careful consideration, we will be adjusting some of our membership prices from 1st August 2015. Given the increase in energy costs, staff costs and inflationary rises means this small increase is now necessary.

Please find full details of the new membership price structure below:

Edge Club PremiumAnnual£276£387£457£518
Edge Club ExtraAnnual£234£336£430£462
Edge ClubAnnual£179£307£371£430
Sports PassAnnual£76£99N/AN/A

In line with our vision, we are confident that our new prices will allow us to continue to provide excellent customer service for all of our members in the coming year. We have some exciting new developments such as:

  • NEW! Group Exercise Bikes – A £30k investment in new group exercise bikes. For the new academic year we will have 21 new, top of the range group exercise bikes to replace our current Keiser Bikes which we have had for the last 5 years.
  • NEW! Hockey Pitch – At a cost of £500k our main hockey pitch at Sports Park Weetwood will be replaced with a new state-of-the-art water based, synthetic carpet and shock-pad that meet FIH (International Hockey Federation) Global Performance Standard.
  • We are reviewing our cleaning programme with a view to specifically improving the standard of cleaning across our changing rooms.
  • Following customer feedback we are reviewing our entire exercise class programme including timings, types of class and frequency. Outcomes of the review will be communicated to customers when completed.

If you have a monthly membership, you will see the price automatically adjusted in your August payment.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact the Membership Team on or ring 0113 343 7406.

Leeds / Bradford MCCU win the Universities Challenge title.

MCCU Cricket
  • University of Leeds Cricket Scholars guide Leeds/Bradford MCCU to victory at Lords
  • Five of the Leeds/Bradford MCC team are Cricket Scholars at the University of Leeds

University of Leeds Cricket Scholars took 6 wickets and scored 66 runs as Leeds/Bradford MCC won the Universities Challenge title at Lords.

Captained by Cricket Scholar Christian Davis, Leeds/Bradford MCC batted first and set a challenging 366 run total for Cardiff to chase down. Including 135 runs for Billy Root, the younger brother of Englands Joe Root. Cardiff went into bat and were all out for 249, with Harry Rouse claiming 3 wickets for 36, Joe Ellis-Grewal 2 wickets and George Scott 1 wicket.

Five of the Leeds/Bradford MCC team are Cricket Scholars at the University of Leeds;

  • Henry Thompson – Studying Classical Civilisation
  • Christian Davis – Studying BA Economics and Geography
  • George Scott – Studying BA Geography
  • Harry Rouse – Studying History and Philosophy of Science and History of Art
  • Joe Ellis-Grewal – Studying Masters in Global Development

The students are supported through the scholarship programme and receive free access to the sports facilities, free physiotherapy, massage and strength and conditioning as well as an academic advisor to help them balance their academic studies with their sporting commitments.

The University of Leeds is a key partner of the Leeds/Bradford MCCU (University Centres of Cricketing Excellence), allowing talented young cricketers to further their academic education whilst still receiving an unrivalled level of cricket coaching and competitive match play.

The University employs Andrew Lawson as the full time Director of Cricket for the programme and Sports Park Weetwood is the host centre with it’s first class cricket pitch.

The scheme has previously hosted current professional cricketers such as Harry Gurney, Louis Reece, Daniel Hodgson, Steve Patterson plus many more.

Customer First Award

Customer First

We are delighted to announce that Sport & Physical Activity as part of Commercial Services has achieved the Customer First Standard which it has held since 2011.

This is a reflection of our efforts as a service to put the customer at the heart of what we do and deliver a first-class customer experience.

Customer First is the national standard which assesses and recognises excellence in meeting customer expectations on a consistent and regular basis. The process to achieve Customer First recognition is rigorous, however, Sport & Physical Activity proved that it is providing high levels of customer service by maintaining compliance against all 32 standards covering Customer Relationships, Market Awareness and People Management.

The Assessor noted a number of areas of good practice, including our commitment to market research, customer consultation and feedback. The assessor stated:

Throughout the Commercial Services teams there is strong evidence that the customer is firmly at the heart of all strategic and operational discussions’’

Students! Join our Members’ Customer Panel


We have formed a member’s Customer Panel which provides the chance for our members to give us their feedback and valuable insights into what we need to do to improve our service.


Our Customer Panel meets every three months and we are primarily concerned with strategic issues relating to the membership offer and ways in which our service, products and programmes can be improved. We are interested in receiving your comments and suggestions about all aspects of the service.


If you are a student member and you would like to represent the views and opinions of your fellow customers, please email or write to us, to tell us a bit about yourself and your membership usage, along with any concerns or specific interests you have in our service. We look forward to hearing from you.


To express an interest to join our Customer Panel please contact:


Tom Exeter (Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience Executive)

The Edge, University of Leeds,



Andy in Africa

Andy In Africa

Professional Development Manager, Andy Lockwood has today embarked on a 10 day trip to one of the most deprived areas of South Africa. Andy joins staff and students from St Mary’s Menston School as part of the Bambisanani Partnership.


Andy is joining the trip to represent the University and to look into the possibility of running our own similar programme for students to be involved in next year. This will be a development of the Leadership Programmes which have been developed this year.

While on his trip Andy will be keeping you up to date with everything he is doing via his blog:


Football Shirt Amnesty

Over the past month we have been collecting unwanted football shirts for the students out in Mnyakanya as they have very little sporting equipment or kit. The response to the amnesty has been amazing and thanks to the generosity of staff, students and local football clubs almost 500 football shirts have been collected!

When Andy delivered the kit to St Mary’s School they were overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone so a big THANK YOU!

A special thank you also to the following people for their considerable donations;

Andy will be taking lots of photos while in South Africa, especially of the students wearing their new shirts.

Make sure you check out his blog ( to find out all about the trip!

Success at Sustainability Awards 2015

Sustainability Awards

Sport & Physical Activity have been successful at the recent Sustainability Awards being recognised through green Initiative and our community work.

Platinum Green Initiative Award – We achieved the highest award possible for our sustainable approach to how we work and operate our service. Examples of what we have done this year include investing in new state of the art ARTIS Technogym equipment which actually generates energy! As well as recycling our old conference mats from the sports halls by donating them to a church in Newcastle. 

Church Newcastle Mats


Being a Positive Partner in Society Award- We were highly commended for our work in the community particularly through school swimming lessons and the Leeds Hockey partnership which delivered the schools ‘Quicksticks’ competition at SportsPark Weetwood.

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Congratulations and thank you to all staff who have contributed towards these fantastic achievements! 

Mountain Runner hits the heights

Mountain Running

First year sports scholar Georgia Malir finished second in the Junior trial race for selection for the Great Britain team for the European Mountain running Championships.

Georgia Malir

Georgia will now be representing Team GB in Madeira, Portugal next month. It will be a tough run for the Yorkshire runner as runners will be forced to adapt to the heat as well as the challenges that the course will offer.

But first she travelled to France last weekend for the second stage of the World Cup race for mountain running, with fellow Brit Sarah Tunstall claiming the top spot.

Best of luck Georgia for the Europeans!


Find out about the championships on the European Athletics website.

Benson wins European Gold

Benson Win Gold

University of Leeds Sports Scholar Gordon Benson has won Britain’s first gold at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan this weekend.

Benson who is in his third year at the University studying Nutrition (BSc) won the triathlon event with a time of 1.48.31. He lead during the cycling phase with help from British team-mates Tom Bishop (University of Leeds Alumnus) and Philip Graves, and went on to break away during the 10km run and finish in the top position. His victory has earned him a European gold medal and Great Britain a place in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Gordon has been an Elite Sports Scholar throughout his time at University supported by funding from Patrick Way QC (University of Leeds Alumnus). This scholarship provides a comprehensive support package as well as funding towards competition costs. Gordon’s academic liaison officer has helped him to balance academic studies with training, and supported negotiations allowing Gordon to split his final year into two so he can focus on Rio 2016 qualification.

Gordon Benson- Headshot1

 “I am delighted for Gordon, this result is a testament to his hard work, dedication and commitment to his sport. He is a fantastic ambassador for the University and the sport, I’m sure this will be just one of many fantastic performances that he will achieve in the forthcoming years.”

Rob wadsworth: Head of Sport at the University of Leeds.

Take a look at Gordon’s athlete profile on the British Triathlon website including his recent race results.

Staff and friends raise over £300 completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Yorkshire Peaks

Members of the Sport & Physical Activity team have, along with some friends scaled the Yorkshire 3 peaks in aid of charity. Organised by Caroline Race and Tom Exeter, the group completed the gruelling 24 mile walk up Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in just 10 hours while fighting gale force winds throughout the day!

The group completed the challenge to raise money for the Facilities Directorate nominated charities; Martin House Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. They have done a fantastic job and raised over £300! 

3 peaks 2


After finishing the walk Caroline said

“The wind added to the challenge- particularly on the 2nd hill- Whernside- your feet kept getting blown away from under you each time you took a step! I think those of the group who had not done it before did especially well to get round. All in all a time of 10 hours was pretty good considering the circumstances!”


Well done to everyone that took part!

Novice Rowers Chosen for GB trials



Two University of Leeds students; Nathalie Cousins and Misha Dewes have been selected to attend the Great Britain Talent Confirmation Day on the 22nd June.


Nathalie and Misha were selected after completing performance tests held by GB rowing at the recent BUCS regatta. Over 300 students took part in the tests which included a leg and arm power test, bike test and height and arm span.


The University has partnered with British Rowing, Leeds City Rowing club and Sport England to develop the rowing programme at the University. This has included investment to build the new £1m Boathouse and with support from Leeds Alumni to appoint a new Head of Rowing, Dan Grant. This direct investment into the support has enabled Nathalie and Misha to develop from novice rowers to GB trialists in their first year.




At the ‘Talent Confirmation Day’ on the 22nd June they will undergo a series of tests that GB rowing will use to predict if they have potential for elite performance, if selected they will be invited to a water training camp in August in preparation for the GB Rowing Sculling Festival.


When asked about the opportunity Nathalie said: ‘It’s really exciting to see that we’re building on our hard work throughout the past year with opportunities to progress more over the summer’


Both students are preparing for the day through a tailored training regime developed by the Head of Rowing and Strength and Conditioning coach at the University to ensure they are fully prepared to impress GB rowing.