Get Out, Get Active parkrun success

The Get Out, Get Active team were up bright and early this Saturday morning volunteering at the Woodhouse Moor parkrun, encouraging students and staff to get moving this January.

parkrun have taken over Saturday mornings across the UK by organising free, weekly, 5km timed runs. They are inclusive to all, whether you’re a keen runner or just looking for a way get active, everyone is welcome.

The University was involved with the creation of the Woodhouse Moor parkrun back in 2007, and has since worked together to offer volunteering opportunities to Gryphon leadership students and more recently allowed all students and staff to get involved with the record breaking Leeds Varsity parkrun.

Our Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) team organised a ‘parkrun takeover’ this January to get more students and staff involved with this fantastic movement. The event proved to be a huge success with 436 runners taking part in the event despite the wet weather. Volunteers helped the event run smoothly by assisting with setting up the course as well as baking cakes for all participants as a tasty reward for finishing the run. George the Gryphon, our trusty mascot, enjoyed his first ever parkrun which proved to be a hit with the runners.

GOGA running activator, Heather Goodacre said:

“We had a great day interacting with the local community and it was fantastic to see so many people getting out and active so early on a Saturday morning whether that be walking, jogging or running.”

A huge thank you to parkrun for allowing us get involved. parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am and anyone can take part, find out more and sign up here.


Charity Golf Day

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Join us at the stunning Cookridge Hall for a day of golf in aid of our Gryphons Abroad project to South Africa.

The day will include a round of 18 Hole Championship Golf with prizes for the top 3 teams as well as a competition for the ‘longest drive’ and ‘nearest the pin’. We will finish the day with a post round meal, prizes and a raffle.

Venue: Cookridge Hall
Date: 28th April 2017
Time: 11am – first tee time
Cost: £160 per team of 4 people

Order of the Day

  • 10am: Arrival and registration, including tea and coffee
  • 11am: First Tee Time – 18 holes of Championship Golf
  • 4:30pm: Post Round Meal including prizes, presentations and raffle


  • Teams of 4 with the best 2 Stableford scores on each hole to count.
  • Maximum Handicap 28 for Men and 36 for Ladies

Course Details

Offering spectacular views across the Yorkshire Dales, Cookridge Hall continues to pave the way in setting the standards for golf in Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond. Our par 72 championship golf course caters for golfers of all abilities whilst inside our 18th century clubhouse; you will find exceptional service and unrivalled hospitality.

All money raised will support us in delivering a life changing sport and education programme in South Africa.

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


Leeds Sport, who are we?

Over the past year or so, you may have noticed ‘Leeds Sport’ and ‘Leeds Gryphon’s’ appearing around campus. So who are we, what do we do and where have we come from? 


What is Leeds Sport?

Leeds Sport is the partnership between the University of Leeds and Leeds University Union to deliver sport at Leeds. The Leeds Sport team was formed in 2014 with the aim of working together to provide a world-class sporting experience for our students and staff.

Vision: To be the number one provider of higher education sport and physical activity experience in the UK.

What’s with The Gryphon?

Ever looked closely at the University Crest? Perched on top you’ll find a gryphon; the head and wings of an eagle on the body and tail of a lion. At Leeds everyone who’s involved in sport, including our supporters, is known as a Gryphon, and the clubs representing the University in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) are known as the  ‘Leeds Gryphons’.University of Leeds Crest

How do I fit in?

Whether you want to coach, volunteer, play socially or compete at the highest level, Leeds Sport has a breadth of opportunities for you. There are four areas within Leeds Sport which cover whatever you’re interested in, from total beginner to elite athlete. Find out about them below:

1. Gryphon Performance

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Become a Leeds Gryphon by representing the University of Leeds in one of our 60+ clubs.
If you’re an elite athlete our Sport Scholarship Programme will support you to achieve both sporting and academic excellence, following in the footsteps of our world-class alumni such as Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.

2. Gryphon Leadership

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Develop new skills for the real world with our leadership and student professional development programmes and our coach education courses. Become a sport activator or volunteer as well as getting involved in our Gryphons Abroad International project in South Africa.

3. Gryphon Social

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Have fun at Leeds! Team up with your mates and join our weekly Social Leagues or meet our Get Out, Get Active team and have a go at a something new while exploring Yorkshire. 

4. Gryphon Events

Crowd at Leeds Varsity

Sport is more than just playing. Each year we add to your University experience by bringing you some of the biggest and best sporting events across the country including our infamous Varsity series against Leeds Beckett University where over 15,500 students attend the finale event at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, what’s not to love?

To find out more about Leeds Sport, head to our ‘About’ page  where you can also meet the team to find out who does what.

Alumni Selected for Six Nations Squad

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Congratulations to University of Leeds Alumni, Alex Lozowski, who has been named as part of England’s Six Nations squad. Lozowski studied Economics within the Leeds University business school and graduated in 2014. 

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Lozowski makes up one of three uncapped players selected for this year’s squad alongside back rower Mike Williams and prop Nathan Catt. Due to injury, England are without a number of players, including both Mako and Billy Vunipola and former captain Chris Robshaw, giving versatile back Lozowski a chance to step up to the plate.

As defending champions of the 2016 Grand Slam, England go into the tournament on the back of a 14-game winning streak, equaling the record of Sir Clive Woodward’s side in the build-up to the 2003 World Cup.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Head Coach Eddie Jones said:

“We are looking forward to being daring in our game against France on 4 February,”

“This time last year I said the long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby,”

“Obviously I’ve been pleased with how the team’s progressing, but there’s still plenty to improve on.

“At the start of last year’s Six Nations I probably didn’t realise the enormity of the tournament and how intense the rivalry is between the countries, so this year we’ll be better prepared for it.”

(Quote taken from BBC article:

Congratulations again Alex, and we wish you the best of luck for the tournament!

Keep up to date with the RBS 6 national tournament online here.

Students Selected for English Universities Squads

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Congratulations to all of our talented Leeds Sport athletes, at the University of Leeds, who have been selected as part of the English Universities North Squads for 2017, making up an impressive 11% of the selection.

It is well known that universities are a breeding ground for sporting talent. The English Universities Programme works to develop this talent and selects top athletes from universities across the country to make up a national squad to represent England in the University Home Nations.

15 athletes from the University of Leeds have been successful in their trial for the English Universities Northern Squad. This makes up an impressive proportion of students selected for the North (as seen below), showing the wealth and depth of talent we have here at Leeds.

The selected students will go onto National Trials in late February, attempting to make the English Universities National Squad, which will compete in the Home Nations competition in April. Congratulations to the following students that have been selected:

Justin BrownMen’s Hockey
Sam ApoolaMen’s Hockey
Carlos Dolado-HollymanMen’s Hockey
Charlotte EvansWomen’s Hockey
Francesca HoughtonWomen’s Hockey
Lara KnowlesWomen’s Hockey
Katie HopkissonWomen’s Hockey
Ellie LyneWomen’s Hockey
George MasonMen’s Football
Bethan DaviesWomen’s Football
Rachel NewboroughWomen’s Football
Hannah HaleWomen’s Football
Olivia Da CostaWomen’s Football
Frances Robbs De La HoydeWomen’s Rugby 7’s
Rosie BlountWomen’s Rugby 7’s


Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport at the University of Leeds, was delighted with the news:

“Seeing such a large number of our students selected for the English Universities North Squads shows how much talent we have here at the University of Leeds. We wish all athletes the best of luck going in to the national trials in February and will be supporting you all the way.”


Changes to some of our prices

The Edge

From 3rd January 2017 we will be making some changes to some of our member and non-member pay-as-you-go prices.

These prices have not been altered over the last 4 years and are in response to inflation, increased costs such as staffing and energy as well as facility refurbishment.

Personal Training (course of 5)Was £120 now £130
Personal Training (course of 10)Was £220 now £230
Personal Training (course of 30)Was £540 now £570
Studio 1 hire per hourWas £18 now £20
Studio 2 hire per hourWas £25 now £27
Gryphon Sports Hall 1 hourWas £74 now £75
Water based artificial Hockey Pitch per hourWas £75 now £90
3G Pitch full per hourWas £100 now £110
3G Pitch one third per hourWas £45 now £50
Public Swim / Sauna / SteamWas £5 now £5.50 peak Was £4 now £4.50 off peak
Staff & Student of University of Leeds Swim / Sauna / SteamWas £4 now £4.50 peak Was £3 now £3.50 off peak
Student & Staff of University of Leeds Non Member attending a booked sports court (Squash, Badminton, Football, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball) per hour Was £5 now £5.50
Public attending a booked sports court (Squash, Badminton, Football, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball) per hour Was £5.50 non £6
Student & Staff of University of Leeds Non Member Climbing Wall usageWas £5 now £5.50
Public Climbing Wall usageWas £5.50 now £6



2017 – Dive into the New Year

Get back on track!

Join us at The Edge and get stronger, faster, fitter, and healthier. We can help you lose those extra inches, shift that Christmas weight and feel a whole lot better than you did in 2016.



If you are already a member why not try something new this year? We have a long list of activities to choose from. Why not try:

The list goes on…

If you have any questions or want any advice why not get in contact with the team at or by calling 0113 343 7406