The University’s sports facilities were shown off in spectacular fashion this month when the BBC chose Sports Park Weetwood to host their celebrity cricket match.
For the 60th anniversary of the BBC 5 Live Test Match Special Radio Programme the BBC organised two mixed teams of cricketing greats and celebrities to play a T-20 match. The teams were lead by captains Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan and included celebrities such as Sprinter Yohan Blake, the Made in Chelsea Star Jamie Laing and BBC breakfasts Naga Munchetty both of whom are alumni of the University of Leeds.
Members of the public applied for tickets to watch the game via a random draw and 1,500 people out of the 27,000 that applied were lucky enough to get a ticket. For those who couldn’t be there on the day the game was screened live on the BBC red button, online and on BBC 5 live sports extra showing off the first-class cricket pitch and beautiful surroundings of Sports Park Weetwood.
During the match Great Food at Leeds delivered an astonishing birthday cake to the TMS commentary team which Henry Blofeld described as “…the cake of the century!”
This fantastic event was a huge success and has showcased some of the high quality of the sports facilities at the University of Leeds where £25m has been invested over the past 8 years.
Gawaine Mackenzie-Hogg, who manages our outdoor operations said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. But this was a great opportunity that we could not turn down.
“Test Match Special is a broadcasting and cricketing institution and it is good to be part of their anniversary celebrations.”
Suzanne Glavin Head of Sport and Physical Activity said: “It allows us to showcase some fantastic sporting facilities that students and public can enjoy. We can also explain the work we are doing to develop top-flight cricketing talent, the names who’ll no doubt feature on future Test Match Special broadcasts.”
If you missed the match you can watch it back on BBC i-player until the end of September.
To find out more about playing cricket at the University of Leeds, including our MCC cricket centre of excellence take a look at our cricket page here.