New TRIBE Member Benefit

We’re thrilled to present a brand new Edge Member Benefit. TRIBE will be a companion to your healthy lifestyle, a boost to your workouts and a nutritious element to your meals. 

TRIBE are the leading natural performance nutrition brand and athletic community.      Born off the back of a 1000 miles run across Eastern Europe they set out to develop a range of 100%
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TRIBE are giving Edge members the chance to save 50% on their first two TRIBE packs. Choose from 6
different ranges including energy bars, recovery bars, recovery shakes and a hydration drink.
TRIBE packs contain 6 natural energy & recovery products and can be completely custom built
to suit your specific training needs!

To sign up, simply use the code EDGELEEDS at the checkout to redeem the offer.

Athlete of the Month: May

Down at The Edge we have an exclusive strength and conditioning facility open to our gryphons who compete in performance sports. Working alongside dedicated strength and conditioning coaches all our athletes are constantly pushing to achieve great things in their chosen sports.


Members of our sports teams are now putting forward a gryphon of the month, an individual who is excelling in their sport.

Last month we caught up with American Footballer Felix Titherley before he set off on his German adventure.


Who do you play for and when do you play?

I have signed with the Rostock Griffins in the GFL 2 (German Football League) for the 2018 season. There are 16 games in the season, which starts in April and lasts until September with a 3 week break for the European Championships in July.

What is your training schedule?

There will be at least three on-field training sessions per week, with a number of training camps in the pre-season. On top of the on-field sessions, there will be daily skills and S&C sessions throughout the season including one recovery-based session and one ‘priming’ session to prepare for game day.

What Strength and Conditioning (S&C) training do you do?

Currently I have no skills training, so have more strength and conditioning sessions than usual. The goals now are to increase my conditioning and robustness. I’m also aiming to convert all of the high-volume strength work I’ve done into top-end strength.

What is your favourite exercise?

Weighted seated box jumps. They are low impact, but I feel like they help me to develop a lot of power and ensure that I hit triple-extension.

What is your least favourite exercise?

Anything snatch related. I struggle to get the required range of motion for it. Instead I utilise clean pulls for a similar force production.

How do you feel S&C has helped you develop as an athlete?

S&C has helped me to put on size, to develop speed and power, and given me confidence that I will be able to perform on the field and deal with the high-impact nature of American Football. When I am on the field I feel confident in my abilities to physically compete against other athletes. A key factor in this is the ‘priming’ sessions that I do before each game. These sessions prepare my body to move explosively on the field, which helps me focus on the game.

As a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Leeds I have been training Felix for the last 18 months.

Felix is the sort of athlete that you want to walk through the door. He is a 24/7 athlete, doing everything he can in and out of the gym to achieve his goals. Since he has come to us Felix has got a lot stronger and more powerful and importantly he feels that he is physically more competent on the field.

Below is a video of Felix achieving a 1 rep max Back Squat. This was a 15kg personal best from the last time that Felix tested his 1RM in 2017. With this being the 3rd to last session that Felix did in Leeds it was a fantastic way to end his training here, again showing that hard work pays off.

Leeds Head of Sport Goes Down Under

With the Commonwealth Games been and gone Suzanne Glavin tells us about her volunteering experiences in Australia.


After recording an online interview, Suzanne was selected for a place on the Press Operations Team. Here she helped look after the photographers at the triathlon and various cycling events at the Commonwealth Games this year.

She said:

“I feel like the luckiest Games Shaper! I managed to go to three amazing outdoor venues with some super sport. This included Southport Broadwater Parklands, where I worked on triathlon events. It was a super to see – from the photographers’ position at the finish – Jess Learmonth, one of our Leeds Triathlon Centre athletes, medal.”


Jess was England’s first medallist of the Games consequently bagging a silver. Unfortunately, the Brownlee brothers – Jonny and Alistair – failed to medal in the men’s tri event, finishing seventh and 10th respectively. Fellow Leeds Alumni, Tom Bishop, came home in 19th while second year Sport Science and Physiology student, Tyler Smith, competing as the flag-bearer for Bermuda, was 21st.

But, the action didn’t end there for Suzanne. She also had the opportunity to work with the photographers for the para triathlon and mixed relays. Here she saw the Brownlee brothers win a silver medal as well as Tyler Smith competing in the mixed relay.

Suzanne then headed to Currumbin…

 “… a beautiful, idyllic part of coastline with an amazing nature sanctuary set just behind. Here, I was supporting the Race Walk. It’s was a 5am start! I also went to help out with cycle time-trial and then again for all the cycle road races. To finish my most incredible journey I headed back to the Southport Broadwater Parklands to volunteer on the marathon!”

Suzanne’s adventures across Australia really proved the benefits of volunteering in sport. Not only can you travel world but you can also make a difference. Through contributing, collaborating and working as a team the experience of volunteering is priceless and well worth the hard work.

Suzanne finished by telling us about the impact of the games and her experience:

Suzanne on the ‘grassy knoll’ at the race walk event

“It’s relaxed, fun, friendly and exciting, with lots of people carrying their country’s flag with them. The locals, in particular, were so proud of their athletes and their homeland. The world coming to visit  genuinely pleased the residents. The Commonwealth Games are known as the friendly games and this one was no exception.”


Archon Fitness Challenge Results 2018

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Archon Fitness Challenge!

Winners have been calculated using the Archon assessment calculations, taking into account an individual’s metrics such as; height, weight, age and more, to ensure that everyone can be scored on one league table in a fair and accurate way. This ensures that a woman weighing 55kg with a back squat of 100kg would score higher than a male who weighs 100kg with a back squat of 140kg as she performs at a higher rate and that older participants competing in events are ranked equally when competing against 17-25 year-olds.

Overall winners were:

Top Scoring Female Student Participants: 

  1. Rosie Blount
  2. Hannah Morton
  3. Katie James


Top Scoring Male Student Participants: 

  1. Matthew Ashall
  2. Adam Zahan
  3. Ed Davies


Individual Event Top scorers: 

PTW SQUAT – Rosie Blount

PTW BENCH – Rosie Blount

L20 – Rosie Blount

3 MINUTE WATT BIKE – Rosie Blount

BROAD JUMP – Katie James

60 METRE SHUTTLE – Mateusz Loboda

THE 2000 METRE ROW – Matthew Ashall


All our winners will be contacted shortly with details of prizes and the awards ceremony.

Any questions please contact

Climbing Wall Updates


There will be changes to the climbing wall timetable on the following dates;


  • There is an external booking for on Wednesday 25th April between 12:00 – 14:00, so there will be no climbing available between these hours.

Class Updates


To check our class timetable, please click here. Members can book onto classes up to 2 days in advance, from 6:00am using the online site, and bookings over the phone on 0113 343 5095 or in person at The Edge can be made from 6:30am.


Class changes

The following classes have been cancelled;


Saturday 7th April

  • 09:45 – Pilates
  • 10:45 – Zumba
  • 11:45 – Body Combat
  • 15:00 – My Ride (Virtual)


Sunday 8th April

  • 09:00 – Zumba
  • 15:00 – My Ride (Virtual)


If you cannot attend a pre-booked class, please remember to cancel your place so that another customer can take advantage of this.






Tour De Yorkshire Trophies Visit University

Group of children with one holding the tour de yorkshire trophies

As part of the Welcome to Yorkshire’s trophy tour around Yorkshire last week, the University welcomed over 50 schoolchildren to the Bodington Cycle Circuit to have a go at cycling and see the famous Tour de Yorkshire Trophies up close.

Pupils from two local schools; Yeaden Westfield Junior School and Meanwood Church of England Primary School, came to the Bodington Cycle Circuit. Here they had a cycling session coached by two international cyclists, followed by the chance to see the trophies up close and ask questions. Their hour-long coached cycling session was led by Jacob Regan and Chris Young, both of who have represented the UK in international cycling events and won British titles.

Tour De Yorkshire Trophies

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Leeds, said;

“We are thrilled to been able to host the Tour de Yorkshire Trophies at the University of Leeds cycle circuit and give children from two local schools the opportunity to check out the trophy and enjoy a morning being active on bikes in a safe, traffic-free environment with the added bonus of coaching from two international cyclists.”

Man talking to group of school children as Tour de Yorkshire trophies visit university

Each year in the lead up to the race, both the men’s and women’s trophies visit each of the start and finish locations on their very own tour. The trophies have followed the route of the tour by visiting Beverley, Doncaster, Barnsley, Ilkley, Richmond, Scarborough and Halifax, finishing in Leeds. The Tour de Yorkshire is now less than two months away, taking place on Thursday 3rd May – Sunday 6th May. With Leeds hosting the grand finale on Sunday 6th May where the race will finish on The Headrow – on exactly the same spot as where the Tour de France started in 2014.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake said:

“The trophy tour is a great way for communities to get involved and build excitement in the lead up to this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, and we are very excited that Leeds is hosting the last leg of the race.”

Bodington Cycle Circuit

With excitement about the Tour de Yorkshire building in the county, the University encourages members of the local community to come and have a go on the cycle circuit which is the perfect safe, traffic-free environment for anyone wanting to learn to ride a bike or train to improve their skills.

The circuit is one of the longest in the country at one-mile-long (1.6km), completed last year it sits next to The Brownlee Centre – the UK’s first purpose-built National Elite Training Centre and home to Leeds Triathlon Centre.

The facilities, which are open to sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, has a full programme of activity. This includes “Pay and Pedal”, HSBC Breeze Rides for women and girls, para-cycling coaching sessions and special training sessions for elite athletes as well as University and local clubs.

Bikes for children and adults are available to hire, along with hand cycles, trikes and tandems for use by riders with disabilities.

Find out more and plan your visit on the Bodington Cycle Circuit webpage.

England call up for Leeds Cricket Scholars

As England’s cricket team embark on their tour of India, two of our Leeds Alumni, Kate Cross and Alice Davidson-Richards, have received the honour of joining the squad. With only sixteen places there was strong competition for a position on the team.

During Kate’s time at Leeds, women’s cricket was still a social sport and so she took on the challenge of training with the Men’s MCCU. With her success playing county cricket, Kate gained one of the first full-time professional contracts for England. She proved her determination and commitment to the sport making her first ever debut for England back in 2013.

Former coach Rick Holland told us about Kate’s experience at Leeds:

“She was very much an individual excelling as the landscape of women’s cricket was changing, moving towards the professional era. Kate represented the University of Leeds Women’s Cricket Club and helped less experienced players. She acted as a role model showing what could be achieved with dedication and resilience.”     

New talent was added to the England squad in the form of Alice Davidson-Richards who has recently been offered a contract with England. On her first ever call up to play internationally Alice will be making her debut along with two other uncapped players, Bryony Smith and Katie George.

Alice’s time playing cricket at Leeds gained support from a brand new programme. It aimed to draw the women’s cricket programme in line with the men’s, giving them equal opportunity to learn. She became part of the ‘Leeds Women’s Cricket Academy’ and began working with the best cricketers from the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett. Training over winter and working towards playing two friendly games against the MCC and Loughborough. Competing at a higher level allowed Alice to focus on training all year round and maintain her commitment. She gained valuable experience at Leeds which has translated into her professional career. 

Alice with her MCCU team

This scheme has developed over the years becoming the Leeds Bradford Women’s MCCU. This programme aims to give talented young cricketers the chance to receive top-level coaching. The girls now have more opportunities to compete at a high level whilst advancing their education. Players now compete for several major trophies each year including The BUCS Premier Final and The MCCU two day Championship. Many of the squad also perform with county teams.  Here in Leeds, the programme has developed close links with the Yorkshire Diamonds whom Alice has represented.


As both Kate and Alice venture across the world, we wish them the greatest success. Playing against India and Australia’s elite will be a huge challenge but one which our Leeds girls can face. With their strength and determination, we are sure they will both go far and continue competing for England. 


Leeds Sports Awards Winners

to men standing together in rugby and american football kit

The 2018 Leeds Sports Awards was a big day for sport in Leeds as the city celebrated the achievements of athletes, coaches and sports volunteers in 2017.

Celebrations took place in the First Direct Arena where sports-people of all levels and abilities from across the city alongside their coaches, volunteers, sponsors and supporters all came together to celebrate Leeds’ proud sporting heritage and commend the achievements of this year’s nominees in true style.

A whole host of awards were up for grabs and many of the nominees have been involved with the University of Leeds over the years. Alumni, current students and honorary degree holders were nominated over a diverse range of categories giving them plenty of opportunity for recognition of all their efforts and achievements in sport.

The winners and nominees

One of the biggest successes of the evening was the nomination and win from our very own Rugby League and American Football teams. They beat off some fierce competition from Leeds Beckett University Hockey to jointly win the ‘Student Sport Award’  for all their hard work on the ‘It’s ok not to be ok’ campaign, highlighting the positive power of sport. Their campaign has promoted the importance of mental health awareness across the University and got people talking, as well as raising thousands of pounds, for mental health charities. This award gives them recognition from across the city for the fantastic work they are doing.

Jess Bassett, Activities Officer at Leeds University Union said:

It has been an absolute privilege to get to know and work along side Andrew and Aaron on the it’s OK not be OK campaign. It was amazing to see all of the hard work and fundraising efforts from both clubs recognised when they won this award. This campaign has increased the awareness of male mental health in particular and raised money for two very special charities, and alongside celebrating this success we must keep working hard to tackle this because it is OK not to be OK.

On the night Jess Learnmouth won the sportswoman award, Jess trains with the Leeds Triathlon Centre at the University’s facilities including The Edge and The Brownlee Centre. She took home the award beating a number of fantastic athletes including Olympic Gold Medallist Nicola Adams OBE who received an honorary degree from the University in 2015.

Cecilia Allen a Leeds alumna received a highly commended award in the Young Club Team Performance award with the Yorkshire CCC U17 girls, a team she manages. Fellow alumni Dr Malcolm Brown MBE and Jack Maitland also received a highly commended award in the Performance Coach award for their work with triathletes at the Leeds Triathlon Centre. The triathlon theme continued in Tom Bishop who graduated from Leeds in 2013 and was nominated for the Sportsman of the Year award.

The night was a fantastic celebration of sport and a wonderful evening for all. We send a huge congratulations to all the finalists and we are hoping for even more success next year.

A full list of the winners can be found on the Leeds Sports Awards website.


Facility Updates & Campus Car Parking

Leeds AJ Bell World Triathlon, Road Closures

On 9 and 10 June, Leeds will be hosting the ‘AJ Bell World Triathlon’ which hosts thousands of elite and amateur triathletes over that weekend. There will be road closures and changes to public transport in Leeds city centre and other areas along the route. Click here for more information about the road closures.

Temporary Road Closure

From Monday 4 June until Friday 6 July, there will be some access disruption to The Edge due to the road closure of Vernon road at the top end of campus. For further information about the road closure, click here.


Gym Floor Maintenance

The lower extended weights area will be closed from 19th March 2018 for two weeks for essential repair and maintenance work.


From Monday 28th November, it will no longer be possible to park under the Cherry Trees in the Orange Zone, however, plenty of alternative parking will still be available within the multi-storey car park and in The Edge car park.

Furthermore, from Monday 12th December, traffic will be diverted around the campus, controlled by temporary traffic lights.

This change to parking is due to the construction of Nexus – the University’s £40m innovation and enterprise centre.

To see a map of the site and for more information about the diversion, please visit



To find out more about the car parking options available to our members please visit our Campus Car Parking page.

For full details on car parking charges, access to campus and for the University of Leeds parking enforcement policy please visit

Any questions and for further details please contact the parking team.