How to book your visit to The Edge

The Edge

Excited to get back to The Edge? Read on to find out how to book your visit.

When we reopen from the 7th September you will need to book your visit to The Edge, you won’t be able to attend without a booking. Pay-as-you-go is unavailable at the present time, however, we are currently looking at ways we can safely manage booking for non-members and we will confirm when bookings will be available. This also includes customers with a pay-as-you-go book of swim tickets. If you are interested in a membership, you can find more details on our membership pages.

From the 7th September you will be able to book the following on our website:

  • 60-minute lane swimming session
  • 90-minute gym session
  • An exercise class

From the 28th of September, you will then be able to book squash and there will be limited bookings available in our sports halls. Swimming Lessons will return from the 2nd November, and we will update you on the climbing wall reopening as soon as we are able.

Where do I book?

Members can book an activity online at https://sportsbookings.leeds.ac.uk/OnlineBookings. If you’ve ever booked a class with us before, it’s exactly the same to now book a session to swim or go to the gym.

How do I register and log on?

Student and Staff Edge Members

Student and Staff Edge Members do NOT need to register.

  • From the homepage, select the Log On link located on the right-hand side of the page.
  • Enter your University username followed by @leeds.ac.uk (e.g. abcdef@leeds.ac.uk) and your University password (the same details you use for accessing the University’s wireless network – Eduroam). You can now make bookings!

Alumni and Public Edge Members

  • Alumni and Public Edge Members must first register a new account before logging in.
  • If you have already registered, just log in with the username and password you set up your account.  If you have forgotten your login, you can reset your username and password on the log on page.
  • If you haven’t registered yet, just follow the instructions below.

I have an alumni or public membership and I haven’t used the system before, how do I register?

How to Register an account:

  • From the homepage, select the Register link located on the right-hand side of the page
  • Fill out all of the fields on display. Please check the Registration notes below if you are unsure of any entry
  • Click Register

Activate your account:

  • Confirm the answer to your security question
  • Enter and confirm your desired password
  • Click Activate
  • Congratulations, you are now logged on and ready to start making bookings!

Registration notes

  • Please ensure you use an email address that you check on a regular basis. In addition to the account activation email you will receive, this email address will also be used for booking confirmations and re-activation links in the event that you forget your password.
  • You can find your membership card number on the front of your Edge membership card.

How do I make a booking?

Booking a session in the pool, gym, or a class can be done online in the same way as you would usually book a class. We will soon be launching a new app that will make booking even easier – the app will also have lots of great virtual workouts, including live-streamed classes, and the ability to track your workouts. We will let members know as soon as this is available to use.

  1. Visit: https://sportsbookings.leeds.ac.uk/onlinebookings
  2. Log in (using the information above)
  3. Click ‘classes’ in the search box.
  4. Select the activity from the drop-down list, for swimming select ‘Lane Swim’, for the fitness suite select ‘Gym Time All Members’ or ‘Gym Premium Only‘ if you have a premium membership, or find the relevant class you’d like to book.
  5. Select the dates and times you would like to book for and then click search. Members can book up to 2 days in advance, bookings open from 6am in the morning.
  6. Add it to your basket and confirm that you accept the Terms and Conditions by ticking the box and click ‘Checkout‘.
  7. Finally, you will see a summary of the booking you have selected. To confirm the booking is made you must click on the ‘Confirm Bookings‘ link. You will receive a confirmation email of your booking, please bring this with you on your visit along with your student or membership card, and remember to check out our reopening page for the latest information about your visit. The FAQs at the bottom of the page has specific information about each activity.

We will provide further information ahead of the 28th of September with how you can book other activities such as the sports halls and squash.

How Far Ahead Can I Book?

Swimming, the gym and classes can currently be booked two days in advance. Bookings will be available from 6am. The first sessions will be available from the 5th September.

How Do I Cancel A Booking?

  • You may cancel a pre-booked class place or activity booking online, using your Account history, provided that the class/activity has not commenced.
  • Click the Account history tab to view your booking history. Use the tabs and dropdown list to locate the class/activity you wish to cancel. Click the delete icon next to the class name/activity to cancel your booking. Your booking will be instantly removed from your booking history.

Still have a question?

The following documents are designed to help you use the Online Booking System

Help with – Registering and Logging On (PDF)

Help with – Making and Cancelling a Booking (PDF)

If you are still having difficulty with your booking please contact us, we will be happy to assist you.

Coronavirus (covid-19): update on sport facilities

The Edge

Check here for the latest updates on Sport and Physical Activity’s response to the coronavirus.

 


25 September 2020: Update on returning facilities and activities

We’ve been so happy to see so many of our customers returning to our campus and outdoor facilities in the past few weeks. If you’ve already returned, please take a few minutes to tell us about your experience by filling out our reopening survey.

As we continue our phased approach to reopening our facilities, we wanted to update on the latest information. Throughout reopening, we are putting the health and safety of our customers and staff first and ensuring a COVID-secure environment. As we are in a constantly evolving situation, we will continue to follow the latest guidance, and any changes to our service due to the latest advice from the relevant authorities will be available on our reopening page.

The Edge and Cromer Terrace

  • Full standard opening hours of The Edge will be in place from Monday 28th September, increasing the availability of our facilities and activities. All sessions will still need to be booked on our online booking site. As our opening times return to full hours, Edge Club and Premium membership time bandings will be reintroduced, when booking a gym or swim session, please only book a session within your time banding. When you arrive at the facilities our staff will greet you and check your booking, so please remember to bring your booking confirmation with you.  Edge Club members can access bookings weekdays 06:30am – 11:30am and weekends 07:30am – 21:00pm.
  • Unfreezing of memberships from the 28th September – From the 28th September, all memberships will unfreeze, unless you have already been in touch to request continued freezing. To find out more about continued freezing please visit our freeze form. For monthly members, your first monthly direct debit will be taken on the 1st October as normal. Staff paying via payroll will make this payment from their payslip at the end of October.
  • The return of squash and sports halls – From the 28th September, we will have squash available to book in The Edge. Bookings will be available on our online bookings system. Please note: When on the website, make sure to select ‘activities’ for squash. To book classes, gym and swim sessions select ‘classes’.
  • Cromer Terrace Studios – From the 28th September we will reopen Cromer Terrace Studios for classes, these will be advertised on the class timetable and on our online booking system.
  • Climbing Wall – We are working towards reopening the Climbing Wall on the 5th October and will confirm for customers nearer the time-specific details on our reopening webpage, including what sessions are available and how you can book.
  • Swimming Lessons – As part of our phased approach to reopening we plan to restart swimming lessons from the 2nd November, this includes one-to-one lessons. This phased approach is important to ensure that the safety of our users is maintained, and our priority is to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and customers. Our approach has been based on government and industry guidance and we aim to adopt best practice whilst considering operational implications to ensure the safe return of our swimming lesson programme. From the 12th October there will be limited bookings available in our sports halls, these can be made via the Edge Reception by phone 0113 343 5095 or by email edgereception@leeds.ac.uk.
  • Important information when visiting the gym and classes – We would like to remind customers of some important things when visiting us to access the gym or classes. Lockers and changing rooms, except for when using the swimming pool, are currently unavailable in line with government guidance. Members can bring a small drawstring bag with them when using the gym and classes, but please do not bring larger bags, such as rucksacks or holdalls as they present a health and safety risk. If attending a class, we are unable to lend mats to protect your health and safety, so if you require one please bring your own. Full details about your visit can be found at our reopening page FAQs section, please keep checking this page prior to your visit as we will upgrade in line with any new guidance.

 

Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington

  • We have started to gradually reopen on a phased approach, this is to ensure we safely reopen and manage capacity levels to keep our customers safe and enable them to adhere to social distancing guidelines. For existing bookings, we are in the process of contacting customers individually when we are able to reintroduce your booking, and we have started this process of communicating to customers, with some elite clubs and regular bookings already returning successfully to the facilities. If you would like to enquire about a new booking please get in touch by visiting our contact us page.
  • Bodington Cycle Circuit  – The cycle circuit at Bodington reopened on the 21st of September, from the 28th of September we are delighted that our pay and pedal sessions will return. To book please make a booking enquiry via our website. Alternatively, you can call reception on 0113 343 1222 or 0113 343 0631. These sessions are free to Edge members.

 

The return to playing sport for University of Leeds students

  • We are supporting the return to playing sport across our facilities and continue to follow the latest guidance from the government and national governing bodies.  Together with LUU, we will offer a wide range of internal recreational and semi-competitive sporting opportunities.  This includes increased club training time, a new intra-university competitive programme, and more physical activity and wellbeing programmes. We will be providing more information about this in the coming week on our website: sport.leeds.ac.uk.

 


7 September 2020: Update on the reopening of our Sport & Physical Activity facilities

We’re delighted to update further on the reopening of Sport Park Weetwood, Bodington and The Edge. On the 21st August we emailed to inform you about how reopening will look and the steps we’re taking to keep our customers safe. Below we outline reopening dates for three of our Sport & Physical Activity facilities and information on how you can book different activities.

Reopening Dates

The Edge – We’re delighted to now be welcoming our members back to The Edge, which has reopened on the 7th September with a phased approach which includes reduced opening hours. From the 28th September we will revert to our full standard opening hours. From the 7th September members will be able to initially book swimming, the gym and classes, followed from the 28th September by Sports Halls and Squash. Swimming Lessons will return on the 2nd November, and we will update as soon as possible on the return of the Climbing Wall. More information about The Edge reopening and bookings is available below.

Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington Playing Fields have now started to gradually reopen on a phased approach, this is to ensure we safely reopen and manage capacity levels to keep our customers safe and enable to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We are working to guidance from the University, the government and the national governing bodies for the return of each respective sport. For existing bookings, we will be contacting customers individually when we are able to reintroduce your booking, and we have started this process of communicating to customers, with some elite clubs returning successfully already to the facilities. If you would like to enquire about a new booking please get in touch by visiting our contact us page.

Bodington Cycle Circuit is due to reopen on the 14th September. We will update with further information nearer the reopening. We will provide further details of how to book a visit to the cycle circuit, and we are taking steps to make this as easy as possible for our customers.


2 September 2020: Bookings at The Edge

As we get ready to welcome back our members to The Edge on the 7th September, we wanted to let you know about how you can book your visit and remind you about some key reopening information.

On the 21st August, we updated you about our plans for reopening, including what we will be doing to make sure our facilities are COVID-secure, what we need our customers to do to keep everyone safe and what our facilities will look like on our return. All this information is available at sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening. This new webpage will host the latest updates and information about reopening and it’s important to keep checking this before your visit. In a fast-moving situation, we want to make it easy for you to get the latest advice and guidance ahead of your visit. For specific advice about what you need to know about your booking, check out our FAQs.

Keeping you safe and active

Your safety is our priority, and in our latest update, we told you more about what we will be doing to keep you safe and active, and what you will be able to do to help keep everyone safe, which includes the implementation of facility bookings, one-way systems, comprehensive social distancing measures, new cleaning protocols, new sanitising stations, the introduction of personal protective equipment. Click here to find out more.

Booking will now apply to all activities at The Edge

When we reopen from the 7th September you will need to book your visit to The Edge, you won’t be able to attend without a booking. Booking will open from 6am on the 5th of September. Pay-as-you-go is unavailable at the present time, however, we are currently looking at ways we can safely manage booking for pay-as-you-go customers we will confirm when bookings will be available. This also includes customers with a pay-as-you-go book of swim tickets.

Opening Hours at The Edge

We will have reduced hours from the 7th – 27th September, which will revert to our full standard opening hours from the 28th September. During reduced opening hours, Edge Club members will be able to use the facilities at any time of day, subject to booking. Our reduced opening hours (7th – 27th September) are Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 06:30-15:00, Tuesdays and Thursdays – 14:30 – 22:30, Saturday and Sunday – 08:30 – 17:00 .

Activities at The Edge

From the 7th September you will be able to book the following on our website:

  • 60-minute lane swimming session
  • 90-minute gym session
  • An exercise class

From the 28th September, you will then be able to book squash and there will be limited bookings available in our sports halls. Swimming Lessons will return from the 2nd November, and we will update you on the climbing wall reopening as soon as we are able.

Edge Membership

In our last update, we also told members what would happen to their membership. We wanted to remind you that if you haven’t already, make sure you fill in our freeze form to tell us if you’d like to opt to unfreeze from the 7th September or continue to freeze from the 28th September. This includes members whose annual membership was due to expire during the closure. If you don’t contact us your membership will automatically unfreeze from the 28th September. More information about what will happen to memberships on reopening is available on our reopening page.

How to make a booking

Booking a session in the pool, gym or a class can be done online in the same way as you would usually book a class. We will also soon be launching a new app which will make booking even easier – the app will also have lots of great virtual workouts, including live-streamed classes, and the ability to track your workouts. We will let members know as soon as this is available to use. Bookings will reopen on the 5th September at 6am. From that point forward members can book up to 2 days in advance, bookings open from 6am in the morning.

  1. Visit: https://sportsbookings.leeds.ac.uk/onlinebookings
  2. Log in. Students and Staff will use their University email and password, public members will need to register if you’ve not used the system before. This article also explains how to register.
  3. Click ‘classes’ in the search box.
  4. Select the activity from the drop-down list, for swimming select ‘Lane Swim’, for the fitness suite select ‘Gym Space COVID’ or find the relevant class you’d like to book.
  5. Select the dates and times you would like to book for and then click ‘Search‘. Members can book up to 2 days in advance, bookings open from 6am in the morning.
  6. Add it to your basket and confirm that you accept the Terms and Conditions by ticking the box and click ‘Checkout‘.
  7. Finally, you will see a summary of the booking you have selected. To confirm the booking is made you must click on the ‘Confirm Bookings‘ link. You will receive a confirmation email of your booking, please bring this with you on your visit along with your student or membership card and remember to check out our reopening page for the latest information about your visit. The FAQs at the bottom of the page has specific information about each activity.

We will provide further information ahead of the 28th September with how you can book other activities such as the sports halls and squash. We look forward to seeing you back at The Edge soon!


20 August 2020: Reopening plans for Sport & Physical Activity

We hope that you are keeping well.  

We would like to update you on the latest information about the reopening of our Sport & Physical Activity facilities. We have been working hard to ensure that we can welcome our community back to doing what they love, whether that is playing sport or keeping fit and healthy with us. 

To make it easy for you to keep up-to-date with the latest information about all our facilities we have now launched a new webpage: sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening, this includes a list of frequently asked questions which we will continue to update. As this a fast-moving situation please regularly check this webpage before each visit. Below we have provided you with the key updates regarding our reopening plans. 

The Edge – We’re delighted to confirm our plans to reopen The Edge on the 7th September, and we have now provided more information below on our reopening plans for The Edge and the steps we are taking to provide a COVID-secure environment and to give the best possible experience.  

Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington – Whilst we are unable to confirm a specific date for reopening for these facilities, we are working hard to safely reopen prior to the 7th September as part of the wider University reopening and we will continue to provide updates on our website. We are working to guidance from the University, the government and the national governing bodies for each respective sport and will ensure we safely bring back each activity to these facilities.  

Keeping you safe and active – Across all of our facilities we can now provide some more detailed information about what we will be doing to keep you safe and active, and what you will be able to do to help keep everyone safe: 

  • Facility and activity bookings – To help us safely manage capacities and following government guidelines, we will require a booking for all activities, including the fitness suite and the swimming pool at The Edge. Due to this, we will be asking customers not to visit our facilities without a booking to help keep everyone safe. We will provide further details of how to book online for The Edge, and we are taking steps to make this as easy as possible. All activity at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington will require bookings as normal, this now also applies to the pay and pedal sessions on the cycle circuit. Bookings for Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington can be made via the usual channels on our contact us page. 
  • One-way systems and social distancing To help keep customers a safe distance from others there will be one-way systems in place, and signage to indicate the direction of travelWe will also be reducing occupancy levels in line with guidance within each area of our facility.
  • New cleaning protocols – We have enhanced cleaning protocols which follow the latest advice from the relevant authorities. This includes increased frequencies, scheduled cleans after each activity where required and the purchasing of new equipment. Additionally, designated cleaning stations will allow you to clean down equipment after use where required, ready for the next user. 
  • Sanitising stations – Hand sanitising stations and equipment cleaning stations for customers will be available to use throughout the facilities.  
  • Changing rooms and toilets  We will follow the latest guidance on the opening of our changing rooms when we reopen each facility. On the reopening of all facilities toilets and sinks will be available for use, however, in the first phase of opening, there will be no changing facilities or access to showers. However, if using the swimming pool at The Edge you will be allocated a cubicle and locker prior to entering the pool, which will then be cleaned after each use. 
  • Protective Equipment On receptions, we will have protective screens, and staff will be issued with protective equipment where required. We are following the University guidance on face coverings, which must be worn in all indoor communal areas on campus, for example, main public corridors and communal toilets. Face coverings can be removed once in the area for your pre-booked activity, for example, once you have entered the fitness suite, exercise studio or when leaving your cubicle ahead of entering the swimming pool area.
  • Further support  On your visit our colleagues will be on hand throughout the building if you have any questions or need any support.  

There will also be things you will need do to help keep everyone safe, including staying at home if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, washing your hands regularly, wiping down equipment after use where applicable and arriving in your kit ready to work out where possible. Leaving the facilities as soon as you are able to after your session will help us maintain capacities and prepare for our next customersAhead of your visit to The Edge please make sure you have read our FAQs at sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening. Information about your booking at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington will be sent to you prior to your visit.

We would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and understanding in such uncertain times and to thank our colleagues who are working hard to ensure you get the support that is needed throughout this period. 

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and to keep up-to-date with the latest information from us visit sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening  

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. 

With kind regards, 

University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team 


20 August 2020: Update for Edge members

We hope that you are keeping well. We’re delighted to confirm our plans to reopen The Edge on the 7th September, and we want to update you on the steps we are taking to provide a COVID-secure environment in accordance with the latest guidance and what this means for you.  

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience since the closure in March. We can’t wait to welcome you back to The Edge soon. 

Below we have updated you on the latest information about our reopening, and in the coming weeks, we will share further information and guidance with you. 

Keeping you safe and active  

Oour latesupdate about the reopening of the facilities, we’ve outlined the steps we’re taking to keep you safe and active, and what you will need to do to help keep everyone safe. These are also outlined in our FAQ section at sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening 

Opening Hours

To support the smooth reopening of the facilities, we will initially open on reduced hours. From the 28th September, we will revert to our standard opening hours.  From the 7th September our opening hours will be 06:30-15:00 Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, 14:30 – 22:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays and 08:30 – 17:00 at the weekend. 

What will you be able to do at The Edge?

When we reopen, we want to provide you with the best possible experience, and we are lucky to have such a variety of activities for our customers to use. In the initial phase of reopening we are planning for the following activities to be available to book:  Fitness Suite, Swimming Pool (lane swimming only will be available. The sauna and steam room will be closed), Exercise Classes. From the 28th September, we will then reopen Sports Halls, Squash Courts and our Outdoor 3G pitch.

We understand that at this time it may be more difficult to fit in a workout, which is why we will continue to provide virtual workouts and live classes with our Edge instructor on a new app which is coming soon, exclusive to all members for free. You can watch and take part in these classes on a mobile or tablet, and you’ll also be able to cast to a TV.  

We will keep customers updated as new activities and facilities become available, and the best place to find the most up-to-date information is sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening.  Currently, we are not able to confirm the car parking situation on campus for our members, but we will update as soon as we are able. 

Membership Update and Pay as You Go access 

  • Monthly Members  For our monthly members, your memberships have remained frozen since the 1st of April 2020. We will automatically unfreeze all current memberships from 28th September once we revert to full opening hours. However, you can request to unfreeze from the 7th September when we reopen with reduced opening hours by filling out this form Your first monthly direct debit will be taken on the 1st October as normal. Staff paying via payroll will make this payment from their payslip at the end of October.  If you are unable to make use of your membership, for example, you are not back on campus yet, we are continuing to offer the option to freeze your membership. To do this you just need to complete the freeze request form before the 7th September to stop your October payment being taken.  
  • Annual MembersYour membership will be extended by 6 months and automatically restarted on the 28th September once we revert to full opening hours. However, you can request to unfreeze from the 7th September when we reopen with reduced opening hours by filling out this form If your membership was due to expire since we closed in March, your membership will automatically be extended by 6 months from your original end date and it will be reactivated from the 7th September, however, it will be frozen from the 7th – 28th September unless we hear from you. If you are unable to make use of your membership, for example, you are not back on campus yet, we are continuing to offer the option to freeze your membership. To do this you just need to complete the freeze request form. This will then freeze and extend your membership, in addition to the 6 months extension from the close period.  If you have any questions regarding membership, please do get in touch with us at edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk
  • Pay as you go access – We are currently looking at ways we can safely manage booking for pay as you go members and we will confirm when pay as you go bookings will be available.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. 

With kind regards, 

The Edge  


22 July 2020: Important Coronavirus update – Facility reopening

We hope that you are keeping well and active at this time.

Following the recent government announcement, we wanted to confirm that our Sport and Physical Activity facilities will remain closed at the present time, however, we are aiming to reopen The Edge on the 7th September.

We continue to work hard to ensure that the transition towards reopening our facilities, as part of the wider University reopening, goes smoothly and that the safety of our users is maintained. We will reopen in accordance with government and University guidelines to provide a safe and planned COVID-secure environment, with staff trained to give the best possible experience.

We are very excited to be making plans for our reopening and to welcome you back as we strongly believe that sport and physical activity plays a vital part in looking after our wellbeing.  We can’t wait to welcome you back to our wide range of health, fitness and sporting facilities and to help you get back to keeping fit and healthy with us.

In June we updated you on the steps we are taking to prepare for reopening our facilities, you can view this update below.  We will continue to update you here with the latest information about reopening our facilities when possible.

For those with an Edge membership, all membership fees will remain frozen until a time when facilities are accessible again and annual memberships will be extended for the time that we have remained closed. We will continue to get in touch with you with any new updates regarding memberships closer to reopening. In the meantime, to support our members to stay active and healthy during the closure, we are continuing to produce lots of home workouts, health and wellbeing resources and diet and nutrition advice on our  Your Home, Your Move hub.

We would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude to all our customers for your continued support and understanding in such uncertain times and to thank our colleagues who are working hard to ensure our customers get the support that is needed throughout this period.

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and our specific messages on sport.leeds.ac.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

With kind regards,

University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team


15 June 2020: Important Coronavirus update

We hope that you are keeping well and active at this time.

We wanted to reassure you of the careful planning and preparation to ensure that when the time comes, our community can return to our campus and outdoor facilities with peace of mind.

Whilst we are unable to confirm when we will reopen our facilities, we are very excited to begin reviewing options to welcome you back and return to keeping you fit and healthy.

During this time, our priority is to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and customers. Caution will be essential to ensure that the transition toward reopening goes smoothly and that the safety of our users is maintained in accordance with government guidelines.

Below we have outlined the steps we are taking to prepare for reopening:

  • We are planning a safe approach to reopening our facilities, which includes a phased approach.
  • We continue to incorporate advice and guidance from the relevant authorities in our planning including the NHS and Public Health England, industry associations, such as UKActive, and national governing bodies, such as UK Sport.
  • We are revising our cleaning regime to ensure we are following the latest guidance and advice. This will include undertaking additional cleaning between sessions.
  • We are looking at how social distancing guidelines can be implemented in our facilities, this includes looking at how we can create one-way routes where needed and how we manage access.
  • We will provide training for our colleagues on our new way of operating.
  • We will look at the scheduling of activities and the relocation of some of these activities to ensure social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.
  • We will continue to update you with new information regarding our plans to reopen and we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.

As a reminder, for those with an Edge membership, all membership fees are frozen until a time when facilities are accessible again and annual memberships will be extended for the time that we have remained closed. We will continue to get in touch with you with any new updates regarding memberships.

We would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude to all our customers for your continued support and understanding in such uncertain times and to thank our colleagues who are working hard to ensure our customers get the support that is needed throughout this period.

In an effort to support our members to stay active and healthy during the closure, we have created our Your Home, Your Move hub. We have been delighted at how many of our community have benefitted from our home workouts, health and wellbeing resources and diet and nutrition advice. Our team are continuing to support you with new content coming out each week, so keep an eye on our Your Home, Your Move hub. In addition to this we recently conducted our Balancing Life survey to find out how the lockdown has impacted your activity levels and wellbeing so that we can plan how best to support you in the future.

In the meantime, if we can be of any assistance please do get in touch with us. For general enquiries about our campus and outdoor facilities, please email sport@leeds.ac.uk. If you have a membership-related enquiry, please email edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk.

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and our specific messages on sport.leeds.ac.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

With kind regards,

University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team


19 March 2020: Important Coronavirus update – Facility closure

In line with advice regarding the Coronavirus (covid-19) from the relevant authorities, including the NHS and Public Health England, the University of Leeds has taken the difficult decision to fully close our Sport & Physical Activity facilities from 5 pm on Friday 20th March until further notice to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff, which is our number one priority.

University of Leeds Sport & Physical Activity facilities include: The Edge, Cromer Terrace, Gryphon Sports Centre, Sports Park Weetwood, Bodington Playing Fields (including the Brownlee Centre), Boat House, and Selside Outdoor Centre.

We will continue to update all our customers, and we will re-open at the earliest possible opportunity. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this difficult period.

  • All Edge memberships fees/payments will be frozen until a time when facilities are accessible again.
  • You do not need to contact us to arrange freeze of payment, we will do this for you. Swim credits will carry over until re-opening. Block booking payments will not be taken during this time.

If in the meantime we can be of any assistance please do get in touch with us. For general enquiries, please email sport@leeds.ac.uk. If you have a membership-related enquiry please email edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk.

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and our specific messages on sport.leeds.ac.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

With kind regards,
University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team

 

7 ways to combat stress and anxiety

7 ways to combat stress and anxiety

Exercise Referral Instructor, Fran Andralojc, shares her top tips for managing stress and anxiety.

We understand that this is a time when stress and anxiety levels are likely to be at a peak. As someone who’s had their fair share of anxieties over the years, and dealing with current stress due to the situation we are all in, there are a few things I’ve found really helpful when dealing with these feelings, so below I share with you my ‘7 ways to combat stress & anxiety’.

 1. Schedule some worry time

By scheduling out a block of time during the day to focus on your stress and anxiety, it gives you time to focus on these, acknowledge, accept and work through them, without it impacting on the rest of your day. It’s a lot easier said than done but over time it can get easier and have a positive impact on your day.

Top tip: try to spend the last 5-10 minutes of your worry time thinking about or doing something positive. For example, you could schedule half an hour for the following:

  • 10 minutes understanding the cause of your feelings
  • 10 minutes going through it step by step
  • 10 minutes of a relaxation exercise or naming 10 things you’re grateful for

2. Understand the cause

Stress and anxiety can have many causes. I find understanding where the feelings are coming from is the first step to managing them. By understanding the feelings, it’s harder to ignore them, which means we have to acknowledge them and accept them. This can be difficult but it means we are taking that step forward and not ruminating on them. One thing I find really useful is writing things down such as:

  • What your stress and anxiety is about when you notice it
  • Identifying and writing down what’s triggered it
  • Recognising any feelings or sensations that come with it

3. Go through it step by step

One thing a lot of people do (and I am guilty of this too) is feel stressed or anxious about something, replay a certain scenario over and over again which causes you to continue with the negative feelings. The points below may help you to acknowledge and accept what’s causing these feelings for you – try asking yourself:

  • What is it that you’re feeling stressed, worried or anxious about?
  • What is the worst that could happen?
  • How likely is that?
  • How would you cope?

By taking your worry through the ‘whole journey’ it can help us to see that there is always a way to cope and it encourages us to think about that rather than ruminating on the ‘what’s the worst that could happen’ element of it.

4. Practice calming exercises

Once you’ve identified what’s causing your stress and anxiety and been through the above steps, you might find it helpful to do something that will help calm your mind and make you feel more relaxed. Here are a few suggestions of how you could do this:

  • Sit in a quiet, comfortable spot and practice some slow, counted breaths
  • Practice any form of meditation, guided or self-led to help you to feel more relaxed
  • Take a moment to be mindful, being aware of what you can see, hear and smell
  • Play some soothing sounds and close your eyes, e.g. wave sounds, or rain

Have a look at our hub for a relaxation and breathing video from Charlotte and meditation from Kiran for some guided relaxation practices.

5. Do some gentle exercise

Exercise that keeps your heart at a lower steady state but still gets your blood pumping is a better way to reduce stress than doing a really intense workout. Gentle exercise such as going for a walk, doing some low intensity cardio or doing some stretching will help you relax.

Although you may feel like doing a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout or going for a hard and fast run to reduce your stress, the high intensity of this can actually cause more stress, meaning you are only increasing stress levels rather than decreasing them.

6. Stick to a routine

When experiencing heightened stress and anxiety levels, the last thing you may feel like doing is getting up and doing something productive. However, keeping a routine going can really help to give you a sense of achievement and take your mind off your anxious thoughts and feelings.

7. Practice positive thinking

Our minds can be fickle and negative thoughts can stick to us like Velcro, whereas positive thoughts seem to slip away like someone on a water slide. Practice makes perfect here and by focusing more on positive thoughts and feelings, they can start to stick more easily. You could try spending some time each day to name some of the following:

  • 3 positive things that have happened that day
  • 5 things you’re grateful for that day
  • Thinking of past experiences that have made you feel happy and remembering and sitting with those feelings for a few minutes
  • Listing everything you’re looking forward to doing in the future
  • Listing 3 reasons you’re proud of yourself or things you value about yourself
  • Asking friends or family members to write down 3 positive things about you and things they’re looking forward to and are grateful for. Have a read of these when you feel negative thoughts creeping in

Vegetarian enchiladas with tomato sauce & double cheese

vegetarian enchiladas

Kate Petty, from the Health and Wellbeing team, shares a tasty vegetarian enchiladas recipe.

These vegetarian enchiladas make a delicious meal for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Filled with vegetables, kidney beans, meat free mince and topped with tomato sauce, double cheese and baked until golden, this Mexican classic won’t leave you going hungry!

Vegetarian enchiladas with tomato sauce & double cheese

Ingredients

Makes: 6-8 (depending how full you want your enchiladas!)

Enchilada filling:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 150g closed cup mushrooms
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 250g meat free mince (e.g. Quorn)
  • 400g kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 400g tinned tomatoes
  • 198g tinned sweetcorn
  • 1 heaped tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 medium red chilli (optional depending on heat preference)
  • Extra chilli flakes (optional)
  • 6 flour tortilla wraps

Tomato sauce and cheese topping:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 50g baby plum tomatoes
  • 200g passata and some of the leftover chilli sauce
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Salt to taste
  • 130g cheddar cheese

Garnish:

  • 1 spring onion
  • 50g feta

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C fan and get a baking dish ready- a casserole dish is ideal
  • Dice the red onions and fry for a few minutes until starting to brown. Meanwhile, chop the mushrooms, peppers, garlic and chilli (if using). Add to the pan once the onions are soft and beginning to brown and fry for a further 5 minutes
  • Add the meat free mince and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Drain the kidney beans and sweetcorn and add to the pan. Allow some of the chilli sauce from the beans to be added to the pan and set the excess aside.
  • Add the cumin, paprika and sugar and salt and pepper to taste
  • Halve the lime and squeeze in the juice. Add a pinch of optional chilli flakes to increase the spice if you’d like
  • Allow to cook for a further 10 minutes on a low-medium heat, stirring occasionally
  • Heat a tsp of olive oil in a separate sauce pan. Once hot, add the spring onion, garlic and tomatoes
  • Once softened and browning, add the passata and simmer for 5 minutes. Add some of the remaining chilli sauce from the kidney beans to the pan
  • Brush the baking dish with a tsp of olive oil to prevent sticking
  • Lay out a wrap and add 3 spoonfuls of the filling in a line down the centre of the wrap, allowing an inch of space at both edges. Fold the bottom of the wrap up to centre and then fold the sides making sure the filling is covered. Place into the baking dish with the seam of the wrap face down to stop it opening. Repeat until all filling is used (around 6-8 wraps depending on how much filling you use in each one)
  • Top the wraps with the tomato sauce straight from the pan and grate the cheddar on top
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes in the oven until the cheese has nicely melted
  • Garnish with spring onion and the crumbled feta. Serve up and enjoy!

Storage instructions
Place in the fridge in a container and consume with 2-3 days.

 

Frozen yoghurt bark

frozen yoghurt bark recipe

Kate Petty, from the Health and Wellbeing team, shares a refreshing and healthy snack for you to try.

This frozen yoghurt bark takes just a matter of minutes to make and is a refreshing light snack for you to enjoy whenever you feel like it! It’s especially good on a warm summer day.

Frozen yoghurt bark

Prep time: few minutes Cooking time: leave to set for 1+ hours Quantity: break the bark into chunks, they can be as small or as big as you like

Ingredients:

  • Most of a 500ml pot of greek yoghurt (I used greek style honey yoghurt but you can use plain or flavoured yoghurt depending on your preference)
  • Handful of frozen berries (I used a frozen berry mix which included strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries but you can use whatever fruit you like)

Optional extras: honey, chia seeds or other seeds, nuts, desiccated coconut.

Method:

  1. Line a small baking tray with grease proof paper, making sure to fold the edges over the top so you can easily lift the bark out later
  2. Pour the yoghurt into the baking tray and spread evenly with a spoon
  3. Sprinkle your fruit on top, followed by any extras you want to add
  4. Place the tray in the freezer to set for 1+ hours
  5. Remove from the freezer once it’s solid and break into chunks

This bark is best kept in the freezer. I put mine in a sandwich bag and you can take pieces out as and when you want to!

Easy homemade flatbreads (no yeast)

easy no yeast flatbreads

Kate Petty from the Health and Wellbeing team shares another savoury recipe with you.

Here is a super quick and easy flatbread recipe that contains no yeast. Perfect for having with tzatziki for a Greek themed night or dipping into a curry if you fancy an Indian!

Easy homemade flatbreads

Prep time: 5 mins + 30 mins rest if you have time Cooking time: 3/4 mins per flatbread Quantity: makes 4 flatbreads

Ingredients:

  • 300g plain flour
  • 50g butter
  • 185ml milk
  • Sprinkle of salt

Method:

  1. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the hob
  2. Combine the flour and salt and then pour in the melted butter and the milk. Stir with a spoon until all of the ingredients are mixed together and the dough forms a ball
  3. Sprinkle a little flour on your work surface and knead the dough for a few minutes
  4. Leave the dough to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes if you have time. I’ve made the flat breads without allowing resting time and it’s still worked fine so it isn’t essential
  5. Once time is up, cut the dough in half and then cut each half into two so you have four segments. Roll into balls and roll out until roughly 1cm rounds
  6. Heat a non-stick pan on a medium heat and place one flatbread in the pain. Cook until the dough starts to bubble. This is when you know it’s time to flip it over and cook the other side. Make sure to push the dough down with a spatula if air pockets rise. Brown spots should appear on the flatbread like the image above
  7. Repeat until you have cooked each flatbread. Keep the cooked flatbreads wrapped in a tea towel to retain the softness

Protein pancakes

easy protein pancakes

Kate Petty, from the Health and Wellbeing team, shares a simple protein pancake recipe.

Fancy treating yourself to pancakes but still want to hit your protein goals? These protein pancakes are the perfect way to kick start your day. They’re easy to make and can be topped with anything you have in the kitchen- from fresh fruit to peanut butter and honey.

Protein pancakes

Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 10 mins Quantity: serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 50g oats
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (we used vanilla)
  • 100ml of your choice of milk (dairy or plant based)
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Coconut oil or butter to cook

To serve:

Some of our favourite toppings include: peanut butter, honey, greek yoghurt, fresh fruit and nuts.

Method:

  1. Put all of the ingredients together in a blender and blend until mixed
  2. Put a little coconut oil or butter into a frying pan and turn onto a high heat. When melted and the pan is hot, pour some of the pancake mixture into the pan (just smaller than your palm size) and turn the heat down to low/medium. Wait until you see bubbles forming on the pancake surface and then flip the pancake and cook the other side for a couple of minutes until browned
  3. Repeat step 2 until you have used all of the batter. Serve up and enjoy! 

Basic Exercises: Perfect your technique Part 2

Improving your form

Personal Trainer, Lucy, gives you some new tips on how to complete some more basic home exercises and ensure you are using the correct form.

 

1. Lunge

Lunges can help you achieve a stronger and more stable core while improving balance and posture.

  • Ensure that you have good posture and your core is tight.
  • Make sure when you lunge to have both knees at a 90 degree angle.
  • When returning to a standing position, make sure to press through the front heel.
  • Alternate left to right and avoid rocking forwards on your front leg.

 

2. Side plank

Side planks are one of the best exercises that you can do for obliques and abs but are often overlooked. They can also be a useful way of averting back pains.

  • Ensure that your elbow is underneath your shoulder.
  • Stretch out so that you are lying wide.
  • Squeeze up from your core.
  • Squeeze your glutes and keep your hips forward.
  • Arm can be raised high or resting on your hip.

 

3. Squats

Squats are ideal for building leg muscles (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves) as well as burning calories.

  • Position feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Keep shoulders pulled back.
  • Squeeze and brace through the core.
  • Push hips back and bend through the knees.
  • Keep the weight on your heels and thighs parallel to the floor.

 

4. Glute Bridges

Glute bridges work not only the glutes but also the lower back, abs and hamstrings. They can also work as an alternative to squats for those with back pains as they place no pressure on the lower back.

  • Lie on your back with your feet close to your body.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor throughout.
  • Squeeze up with the glutes and use your abs to brace.
  • Aim to make a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.

 

There are many other great workouts for you to try in our Hub.

 

5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing: help others

helping others

‘5 Ways to Lockdown your Wellbeing’

To help us improve wellbeing during home living and social distancing, our Exercise Referral Instructor, Fran Andralojc, is sharing her ‘5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing’ over the coming weeks. The fourth way ‘keep in touch’ was released last week.

Some of you may be aware of the 5 ways to wellbeing report, researched by the New Economics foundation and proven to improve an individual’s wellbeing when practised regularly. Fran has used similar concepts but with tweaks and changes adapted to our experiences during lockdown. For information on these, please follow the links: New Economics and Gov.uk.

Fran’s 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing are:

  1. Boost positivity
  2. Eat well
  3. Stay active
  4. Keep in touch
  5. Help others

This week, we are sharing the fifth and final way to lockdown your wellbeing, helping others where possible.

Help Others

Helping others helps to stimulate the reward centers in our brains which boosts our overall wellbeing.

If you are able to help anyone in need, through volunteering, offering to get some bits from the shops, taking their dog for a walk, then do it. If you can’t get out the house, there are still plenty of ways you can help people and it may be something as simple as listening to a friend as they talk to you about their worries.

Here are some ideas of ways you can help others during this time:

  • If you’re in good health, volunteering to help do someone’s shopping for them
  • Creating something that will make people smile, such as a funny compilation video or a compilation of old photos of you and your friends and family
  • If you have a certain skill, why not create some online videos so you can share that skill with others and help them learn something new
  • You could do some baking for a neighbour and leave it outside their house for them to enjoy
  • Lots of online shops are still open, why not treat someone close to you by getting them something delivered to their house?

As someone who is staying at home full time, with a partner who is working long hours, I wanted to share a few things that people have done to help us over the past few weeks. It has made a huge difference to my wellbeing having that support, so just think how much of a boost it could be for you and someone you care about being able to offer that to someone else.

  • Our parents have been doing food shops for us and leaving the bags outside the house for us to bring in, so that when we haven’t managed to get an online food shop, we’ve still had food in the house
  • My partners parents brought round a table and chairs for our garden so we could sit outside and enjoy the sun. They walked round the back of the house, came through the gate and delivered it to the back garden, while we stayed inside to maintain social distancing
  • My sister delivered a bag of creative activities for me to do whilst at home, including knitting, a sugar flower kit, nail varnishes and some pamper items

As you can see from the examples above, it doesn’t always have to be a large gesture. The smallest of things can really mean a lot to someone and help improve their overall wellbeing.

This article concludes Fran’s 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing series. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the different ways you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing during this time. Do let us know via our Facebook and Instagram what you’ve been up to and if you’ve tried any of Fran’s tips.

Fran is happy for you to email her directly if you have any questions on anything mentioned in her 5 ways to lockdown your wellbeing articles.