University’s Paralympians Secure Medals In Rio

University of Leeds graduates claimed three gold medals and one silver in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with one alumni setting a new world record in the process.

Swimmer Claire Cashmore, who graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a degree in Linguistics and Phonetics, secured a gold medal for TeamGB in the women’s 4x100m medley relay, helping bag the team a world record time of 4.45.23. This followed her silver medal victory in the women’s 100m breastroke just 3 days earlier.

The Leeds’ alumni second gold medal came from rower Grace Clough, a member of the mixed coxed fours team, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in Sociology.

The final Paralympic gold was claimed by hand cyclist Karen Darke, who beat the USA and Italy to secure the top spot in the women’s time trial. Karen graduated in 1992 with a degree in Chemistry and Geological Sciences.

Leeds’ two other Paralympians; Kim Daybell and Laura Sugar, also performed well, but narrowly missed out on medal placements.

Table Tennis player Kim, currently taking a year’s break from his degree in Medicine, reached the quarter finals of the men’s individual competition. Also competing in the men’s team competition, he again reached the quarter finals, the group coming fifth overall.

Runner, Laura came fifth in both the women’s T43-44 category 100m and 200m final, securing a personal best time in the 100m in process. Laura completed a Sports and Exercise Science degree and was a member of the women’s hockey club whilst at University.

The Paralympians’ medal success adds to the Leeds contingent who took part in the Olympic Games in August. Across both tournaments, graduates from the University performing with TeamGB claimed four golds and two silver medals.


Varsity Ticket Exchange

Bought your Varsity ticket online at Leeds Tickets?

If you have purchased a Varsity ticket online via Leeds Tickets please be aware you will need to exchange your e-ticket for a ticket valid for the stadium. If you fail to do this you will be refused access to the finale.

To exchange your ticket, please visit the activities admin team inside Leeds University Union, in market square on one of the following dates and times:

  • Friday 28th September, 1pm – 4pm
  • Monday 1st October, 1pm – 4pm

You MUST exchange your tickets in the group you wish to be with in order to gain access to the same stand as University of Leeds Supporters are situated at both ends of the stadium.


Important Ticket Information

  • Gates will open at 5pm and you must be in the ground by 6.45pm or you will be denied entry.
  • Please note access to the stadium will be via St Michaels Lane and Kirkstall Lane turnstiles only for University of Leeds Students.
  • Please ensure you bring your student card along to the match or you may be refused entry.
  • Importation of alcohol, food or drugs into the stadium is strictly forbidden. Anyone found with drugs on their person will be ejected from the ground and could be arrested and face prosecution.
  • Local regulations means you will not be allowed to drink alcohol on the streets around the stadium so you will not be allowed to leave the stadium with alcohol.
  • We’re going GREEN at Varsity this year and will be using recyclable souvenir cups for all drinks served on draft. You will need to pay a small deposit for your cup which you can either keep as a souvenir at the end of the night or dispose of in one of our recycling bins on departure. Proceeds from any cups left in the bins will be donated to charity.
  • Streakers / Pitch Incurrences / Throwing of any objects or ‘missiles’ at the Varsity Finale match will result in a £1000 on the spot fine and potential criminal prosecution and disciplinary from either University and/or their respective Students’ Union.
  • Please be considerate to our local residents when you are outside the stadium – keep the noise down and don’t drop litter.
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING lARGE BAGS OR UMBRELLAS TO THIS EVENT! Small purses / small handbags will be allowed entry but will be searched. Should you refuse to have your bag searched you will be refused entry. It will be the responsibility of spectators to dispose of any
    items that are refused.
  • All items that do not comply with Headingley Emerald Stadium Ground Regulations (available online at will be confiscated. Equally, if you do not comply with Headingley Emerald Stadium Ground Regulations, this will result in ejection.

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Varsity Teams Up With parkrun

student running in fields

Leeds Varsity are excited to announce another brand new event in this years series. This year, we have teamed up with parkrun to bring you our very own parkrun Varsity.

If you’ve always wanted to be involved with Varsity and help your University score those all important varsity points, now you can! So how does it work?

Each runner and volunteer will score a point for their University, the University with the most points wins parkrun Varsity!

When? Saturday 1st October, 8.30am

Where? Woodhouse Moor

How? Register with parkrun then simply turn up on the Saturday morning wearing your University colours to take part. Both staff and students are welcome! Parkrun is a 5km run which you can take as slow or as fast as you like. If you are keen to get involved but can’t run, don’t worry, you can volunteer just turn up in your colours and you’ll still score a point for your University. There will be 3 funnels after you’ve finished, you simply need to make your way down the funnel allocated to your University and hand in your token.

Who wins? You will only score a point for your university if you register and wear your University colours. The University with the most participants (runners and volunteers) will be the parkrun Varsity victor!

Helpful Information for on the day

  • Register beforehand
  • Print off and bring your barcode
  • Leave bags and coats at the finish line not the start line
  • Get to the start line for 8:50am
  • Please listen carefully during the run briefing
  • It’s a run not a race, you’re an ambassador for the University of Leeds. Please be considerate to other runners and park users
  • Wear your university’s colours, GREEN for Uni, PURPLE for Beckett.
  • Try to seed yourself on how fast you think you’ll be able to complete the run
  • Cross the finish line the third time it comes into sight
  • After crossing the finish line stay in order until given a finish token
  • Get your barcode and finish token scanned at your University-specific scanning station
  • Our Get Out, Get Active team have recently set up their own run club so if you’d like a club to run for, please select Get Out, Get active – Uni of Leeds run club when you sign up.

Become a Gryphon

Become a Gryphon

At the University of Leeds we provide one of the best sporting experiences in the UK and Leeds is known as “The Home of the Gryphons”.

So how do you Become A Gryphon? It’s simple, all you need to do is get involved in sport in whatever way suits you. Whether you want to volunteer, play socially, compete at the highest level or simply support the Leeds Gryphons clubs you’re joining the Leeds Sport community and becoming a Gryphon.

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New Varsity Event

Each year Leeds Varsity gets bigger and better, like last year when the rugby finale reached a record breaking attendance of 14,232.

As much as we love the climatic rugby fixture, we also know that Varsity is about more than the finale. We have over 60 fixtures across over 25 sports in just one day making it an incredibly unique event. With this in mind, to make this year even greater, we’ve added in a brand new event – The Netball Varsity Opener.

woman about to throw netball

On Tuesday the 4th October, our University of Leeds Netball first team will journey over to the Leeds Beckett Sports Arena where they will go head to head with Leeds Beckett first team in a fierce battle for that all important Varsity point.

The game will begin at 7.30pm making this the first ever 24 hour varsity. Doors will open at 6.30pm, with refreshments available in the fanzone and pre-game and half-time entertainment from both Universities dance and cheer teams, this is an event not to miss.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be the captain of such a special & prestigious club. It’s my 3rd varsity and its such an enjoyable event. All the club have been training extremely hard throughout pre-season and the atmosphere and excitement is building the closer it gets.”

Club Captain Beth Horridge


Tickets are available to purchase online now and cost only £2.


If you would like any more information on Leeds Varsity please head to our website or follow us on social media @leedsvarsity and Leeds Varsity – Uni Fans.

Leeds Sport Teams Up with Under Armour

welsh rugby team wearing under armour kit

We’re incredibly excited to announce that your Leeds Gryphons Leisure Kit supplier for 2016/17 will be one of the top sports kit brands in the world, Under Armour.

This new partnership, in association with Leeds based Infinity Apparel will transform Leeds Gryphons kit to make you stand apart from your peers.

The combination of Under Armour and Infinity Apparel gives us the ability to offer a high-quality brand with a local, on your doorstep provider.

Kit Designs
Your new kit will embody the Leeds Gryphons branding of a simple, classic and understated design with kit that fit’s well, to give you an ultimate ‘off the bus’ look that will have your competitors in awe. No more looking like every other University with standard coloured panels down the side of your kit.

How Can I Get My Kit?
All leisure kit is now available to pre-order online at If you pre-order your kit before Wednesday 7th of September and the items are in stock they will be delivered at the latest by Friday 23rd September.

Club Bulk Order

If you are a registered club signatory or kit sec wanting to complete a bulk order for your club you can order this online. Simply register online and tick yes in the club signatory box, this will give you access to make a bulk order for your club.

Orders can only be placed when there is enough money in the club accounts to cover the cost of your order. Any orders over the balance in your club accounts will be declined.

Any Questions?
If you have any questions regarding the leisure kit then please contact: