Use 69 gyms nationwide at no extra cost

want free access to uni gyms across the country?

As part of the UNIversal Gym Membership scheme all staff and student annual premium Edge members can access 69 gyms nationwide at no extra cost.

This fantastic member benefit is perfect for anyone visiting friends or family across the UK who want to use the gym in a different city. It also means that students can use the University gym closest to them at home when back for the holidays.

How does it work?

  • Buy your staff or student Annual Premium Edge Membership online here
  • Pick up your UNIversal membership card from The Edge reception. Alternatively, if you aren’t in Leeds contact The Edge and get your membership card sent to your home address.
  • Take your student or staff ID card along with your UNIversal Gym Membership card to gain access to 69 University gyms across the UK

Can I get a UNIversal Gym Membership Card?

The UNIversal gym memberships are available to all staff and students who have an annual premium Edge membership.

If you’ve not got your Edge premium membership yet, buy it online now.

If you have any questions please email: to speak to a member of the team.

Which university gyms are included? 

For a full list of gyms included in the scheme and for more information, visit the BUCS webpage here.

Cancelled August Swimming Lessons

The Edge

We are investing £115k into updating and improving our state-of-the-art swimming pool to make it an even better place for you to swim. For us to be able to complete the works, we shall be closing the swimming pool for just over two weeks between Monday 29 July and Tuesday 13 August.

Due to the closure, swimming lessons will be cancelled on the following dates:

  • Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August
  • Saturday 10 August and Sunday 11 August

We are conscious that this is quite a gap in your child’s learn to swim journey, and so have been working hard to come up with a solution.

  1. Once the pool re-opens, there will be extra weekday lessons running, in addition to the usual weekend lessons. These are for current swimming lesson customers only, and will be booked on a first come first served basis, and will cover all swimming stages. It is not compulsory to attend these sessions; we simply wanted to offer an alternative. If you do book onto these sessions, they will not cost you any additional swimming lesson credits. Details of these lessons are found below.
  2. If you are unable to attend any of the alternative weekday lessons, your normal swimming lessons will resume weekend 17/18 August. Your total swimming lesson credits will be unaffected during the closure period.


Additional weekday swimming lessons 

On weeks commencing 19 and 26 August, 30 minute lessons running between:

Tuesdays – 12.30 to 17.00

Wednesdays – 14.00 to 16.30

Thursdays – 13.30 to 16.30 and 18.00 to 20.00

Fridays – 10.30 to 12.30

These times will cover all swim lesson stages. Whilst we endeavour to do so, we cannot guarantee that these lessons will be with your child’s current swimming teacher.

If you would like to book one of the above lessons, please get in touch with the Aquatics Team, stating your 1st & 2nd preferences. The Aquatics Team will work through all requests and be in touch to confirm all places in advance. Please contact the Aquatics Team to book.


Adult Lessons & one-to-one lessons

These will unfortunately be cancelled during the closure period. All credits will be carried over and you can use these at a later date.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Aquatics Team.


For more information:

To find out more about the exciting investment project, please take a read here.

If you are interested in keeping up to date with the project progress, follow #EdgeInfo on Facebook and Twitter.

Swimming Pool Closure – £115k Investment

Leeds Sport Swimming Lessons

We are investing £115k into updating and improving our swimming pool to make it an even better place for you to swim. For us to be able to complete the works, we need to close the swimming pool for just over two weeks between Monday 29 July and Tuesday 13 August.

This is the first time we have had a major pool closure for maintenance works since we opened in May 2010. Some of the works are essential health and safety requirements; replacing equipment that is at the end of its life span, and whilst the pool is closed for these, we will also be taking the opportunity to make further improvements to the wet-side areas of The Edge.

We recognise that closing a facility for any period of time is inconvenient for our members, but we have worked hard with contractors; spending an extra £7k, to bring the closure from an initial four, to just over two weeks, and in addition sought to find alternative solutions for you to swim during the closed period, details of which are below.

The last time you will be able to use the swimming pool will be on Sunday 28 July 9pm (last entry 8:30pm), and the first re-entry to the facility on Wednesday 14 August 6:30am.


Project work to be completed: 

  • Deep cleaning and re-grouting of the changing rooms and poolside floor.
  • The Sauna and Steam Room will undergo refurbishments.
  • Installation of new showers outside the Sauna and Steam Room.
  • Installation of brand new pool filters. It is recommended that swimming pool filters need to be changed every eight – ten years and this will be the first time this essential work has been carried out at The Edge.
  • Replacing broken poolside tiling.
  • Replacing the underwater lights.
  • Installation of a new colour swimming pool display unit.
  • New timing clocks so you can easily record your new personal swim best!


If you wish to swim during the closure period, we have set up an alternative arrangement with Leeds City Council local swimming pools;

  • If you are a University of Leeds Staff, Public, Alumni, NHS Trust, Corporate or Non- University of Leeds Student Edge member, simply show your green membership card at any of the below pools to enjoy a free swim.
  • If you are a University of Leeds student member, please come along to The Edge reception from week commencing 15th July where you will be issued with a green Edge card. Please take this with you to one of the below swimming pools to enjoy a free swim. Please be aware that your student card will not grant you access.

We recommend that you contact the specific swimming pool you wish to use in advance to check on their timetable, programming and availability.

Available Alternative Swimming Pools:




If you are a swimming lesson customer and want to find out what will happen to your usual lessons, please click here.

Make sure to keep updated with the investment project by following #EdgeInfo on Facebook and Twitter

If you would like any further information, or have any questions about the swimming pool closure please contact us here.


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

  • Due to this weekend’s medical exams taking place at The Edge there will be no Pilates class Saturday 1 June 09:45-10:45.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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






Summer Offer at The Edge

summer 2019 promotion offer at The Edge

Get your summer in shape!

Wondering how you’ll fit your fitness around your summer plans? The Edge has you covered.

With our flexible summer promotion, you can choose between one, two or three month premium options to make sure you strike the perfect balance between summer fitness and fun.

Our summer memberships give you unlimited access to our:

Check out our opening times and timetables here.

Already an Edge member? It’s the perfect chance to get your friends along for a break from the barbeques and beer gardens.

  • 1 Month = £35
  • 2 Months = £60 (works out at £30 per month)
  • 3 Months = £75 (works out at £25 per month)

Buy today!

To sign up to our summer promotion, simply buy online or come into The Edge Reception. Memberships are available from June 1 onwards! For more information please contact the Sales and Marketing team.

Please be aware of our planned swimming pool closure.

We are investing £115k into updating and improving our swimming pool to make it an even better place for you to swim. For us to be able to complete the works, we need to close the swimming pool for just over two weeks between Monday 29 July and Tuesday 13 August.

Find out how you can still swim for free on our Summer Promotion during the closure weeks here.



The summer promotion is a premium promotion across the months of June, July and August. 1 month = £35, 2 months = £60 (£30 per month) and 3 months = £75 (£25 per month)

The summer promo can be purchased from May until August 15th

The offer is available on our online store:

  • The 3-month membership is available until June 30th
  • The 2-month membership is available until July 31st
  • The 1-month membership is available until August 15th
  • All memberships will expire on or before August 31st regardless of purchase date

All payments are made up front

The summer promotion members will have the normal access to car parking.


Terms and conditions

  1. Memberships are premium, excluding the use of the BUCs university gym membership scheme
  2. Memberships can start from 1st June, all memberships expire 31st August
  3. Months covered include June, July and August
  4. Upfront payment, no contract, no joining fee
  5. Multi-month memberships must be consecutive
  6. This offer is not transferable from one individual to another

Swimming Pool Updates

The Edge

From time-to-time we have to make changes to the current swimming pool timetable. All swimming pool updates will appear here;

Please be aware that on Tuesday 15th October 2.30pm -5.00pm – 2 Lanes will be used for Swimming Coaching.

Peak Times

Peak times occur between the hours of 12:00 – 14:00 and 16:00 – 19:00 on weekdays.

School Hire

Please note that for some School Hire sessions that will be taking place during the week, the depth of the pool will be altered, with the pool floor raised to 0.9m. The separate male and female changing areas within the Village Changing Area will also be closed.

Excellent Customer Service for our Customers

Edge reception

Customer Service ExcellenceCustomer service excellence is at the heart of what we do and we’ve just received official accreditation for it!  At Sport and Physical Activity, we want everyone who comes into contact with the services we deliver to receive an excellent and memorable customer experience.

Sport and Physical Activity is part of the University of Leeds’ Commercial and Campus Support Services (CCSS) and has achieved Customer Service Excellence ®, a government standard that recognises an organisation’s commitment to putting customers first. The Service was particularly praised by the accreditation assessor for achieving “eight Compliance Plus awards,– an amazing achievement for a first assessment!”

Head of Sport and Physical Activity, Suzanne Glavin said: “We as a Service are delighted to have acknowledged, through this accreditation, our customer-centric approach to providing excellent services. We are particularly pleased that the inspection has highlighted our efforts to include as many students, staff and local community as possible, in supporting them to be active and engage in sport in the way that they want to take part”.

The Customer Service Excellence ® standard challenges organisations to examine their service in relation to 57 criteria that have been shown to influence customer satisfaction.  CCSS achieved a significantly positive result, receiving ‘Compliance plus’ for eight standard criteria, the most criteria that any first time participating organisation, for this accreditation, has ever received.

The Service was praised for:

  • In-depth understanding of its current and potential customers
  • Customer insight about customer groups to better understand their needs and preferences.
  • Particular efforts to identify hard-to-reach and disadvantaged groups and individuals
  • Reliable and accurate methods to measure customer satisfaction.
  • Analysing and publicising satisfaction levels of its customers
  • policies and procedures that support the right of all customers to expect excellence levels of service.
  • We have made arrangements with other providers and partners to offer and supply coordinated services
  • Developed coordinated working arrangements with our partners that ensure customers have clear lines of accountability for quality of service.

Richard Hamilton, Customer Service Excellence Manager commented: “Following well-coordinated preparations, CCSS at the University of Leeds was completely ready to complete its assessment against the national quality mark for excellence in customer service.  This was a large project, requiring consistency across several diverse services.  The outcome has provided a great opportunity for CCSS to celebrate its excellent practice and respond positively to the areas identified for development.  Working with CCSS has been a pleasure for the Centre for Assessment – many congratulations on your impressive achievement.”

Read further about how we deliver customer service excellence.

Brownlee Centre Festival of Running Round Up

Child running over the finish line

Competitors setting off

The inaugural Brownlee Centre Festival of Running, on Sunday 3rd March, saw over 250 runners compete across a multitude of distances on the University’s cycle circuit. Ranging from one mile right up to 20, we welcomed a wide variety of ages and abilities; some hunting PB’s or racking up long training miles for marathons, others competing for the very first time!

Sunny conditions in the morning made for PB’s aplenty in the 1 mile, 5k and 10k races. 14 staff and students from the University’s Couch to 5k group completed their 5k graduation run on the day, with Anna Thompson finishing as first lady in a time of 24.54! The rain set in in the afternoon but this did not dampen the spirits of our runners, or our marshals with plenty of dancing, singing and cheering going on until the last competitor crossed the line.


Andrew Lockwood, the race organiser said;

“The cycle circuit lends itself perfectly to safe, off-road multi-lap racing. We are really encouraged by the success of our first event and will be looking to build on this for our next one!”

Celebrating finishing the race

Particular thanks go out to our energetic, all-singing, all-dancing team of volunteers and to RaceBest for their professional race timing. All money raised from the event goes towards our international sport development project, Gryphons Abroad; which aims to change the lives of children and young people in South Africa through sport & physical activity.


1 Mile Winning Times5k Winning Times 10k Winning Times Half Marathon Winning Times 20 mile Winning Times
1st male – Richard Sutor, Chapel Allerton Runners, 5.431st male – Martin Roscoe, Leeds City AC, 18.591st male – Jamie Rutherford, Totley AC, 34.271st male – Mark Smith, Horsforth Harriers, 1.16.561st male – Tom Needham, Bingley Harriers, 2.09.15
1st female – Daphne Jacob, Abbey Runners, 7.371st female – Anna Thompson, 24.541st female – Rachel Lundgren, Hallamshire Harriers, 37.211st female – Jenny Wade, Skipton AC, 1.36.381st female – Helen Brant, Saltaire Striders, 2.53.41

Full results for each race can be found here:
1 mile:
Half Marathon:
20 mile:

If you would like to see more photos of the event, check out our Facebook page.


What’s happening at The Edge in 2019

Make 2019 your fittest year yet with our incredible challenges and courses. 

This 2019 we have loads of exciting opportunities for you to boost your health and fitness and some great events for you and your friends to train towards.

  • 3 March is our Brownlee Centre Festival of Running. Brave the new year elements and get training for an event of your choice ranging from 1 to 20 miles. Find out more here. 
  • We have two of our most popular fitness courses returning; Self Defence and Women Only Strength Training start back week commencing 4 March. Find a four week, 1-hour course to suit you. Find out more here. We even have future course dates advertised running up until November 2019 if you can’t make the March ones.
  • 29 & 30 March is the annual, nationwide Swimmathon event, with two events hosted here at The Edge. Sign up and swim distances from 400m to 5k. Sign up here. 
  • A date for your diary! Our annual Adamons Bequest Fitness Challenge returns on Thursday 21 March with £1,000 prize money up for grabs for the fittest University Students. Prizes for University of Leeds Staff and Public Edge members as well. More information to follow shortly. To register your interest please drop us an email here.

Also, make sure you are following us on social media as we’ve got loads more workout videos planned to inspire your sessions and ensure your technique is correct.

Free Weights Room Closure

The Edge

The free weights room will be closed for the below periods of time over the university exams period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Monday 14th January08:45 – 11:15 & 13:45 – 16:15
Tuesday 15th January08:45 – 11:15 & 13:45 – 16:15
Wednesday 16th Janaury08:45 – 11:15 & 13:45 – 17:15
Thursday 17th Janaury08:45 – 11:15 & 13:45 – 17:15
Friday 18th Janaury08:45 – 11:15 & 13:45 – 16:15
Saturday 19th Janaury08:45 – 11:15
Sunday 20th JanuaryOpen
Monday 21st Janaury08:45 – 11:15 & 13:45 – 16:15
Tuesday 22nd January08:45 – 12:15 & 13:45 – 16:15
Wednesday 23rd January08:45 – 11:15 & 13:45 – 16:15
Thursday 24th January08:45 – 12:15 & 13:45 – 17:15
Friday 25th January08:45 – 10:15
Saturday 26th JanuaryBack open as normal