by Rachel Weaver
Whether you’re an elite athlete or just wanting to meet new people and have a laugh, there’s something to get involved with at Leeds!
Joining the women’s football club in my first year was the best decision I have made during my time at Leeds, it has allowed me to meet some of my best friends and play my favourite sport at the same time! Being a part of a club has also given me the opportunity to further enhance my CV by being on committee as 2nd team captain during my second year and secretary in my upcoming fourth year.
If sport isn’t your cup of tea but you still want to keep active then there are still lots of options in Leeds. The Edge is our campus gym where I enjoy a refreshing swim in the morning and playing a casual game of squash against friends. On top of this you can also visit the fitness suite, hire out the sport halls or try out one of the many classes.
For those of you who aren’t up for playing sport or find the gym environment intimidating then Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) is the perfect programme for you. GOGA gives you the opportunity to explore the amazing Yorkshire countryside every weekend on walking trips or you can attend one of their running, pilates or yoga sessions on campus on weekdays.
“I’d highly recommend the yoga sessions, as a beginner I was a bit nervous about looking stupid, but the instructor, Helena, was very supportive and encouraging.”
Over the past few years the leadership strand of Leeds Sport has enabled me to give back to sport. I have earnt some money refereeing in the social 11-a-side football leagues, coached girl’s football at a local primary and even had the incredible opportunity to volunteer in South Africa for 2 weeks as a part of the Gryphons Abroad programme!
All in all, there’s something for everyone and i’d definitely urge you to get stuck in while you can.