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Facility closure: 10th January 2020

On Friday 10 January we will be closing our Sport & Physical Activity facilities (The Edge, Gryphon Sports Centre, Cromer Terrace and Sports Park Weetwood) between 9am-5pm.

The Edge will be open from 6:30am until 9am and from 5pm until 10:30pm.

The closure will allow us to undertake a number of important activities to improve the experience of our customers, which includes:

  • Training and development for our staff to help us maintain service delivery excellence.
  • Deep cleaning of a number of our facilities at The Edge, including changing rooms and circulation areas. To perform this type of cleaning we are required to close the facility and it is an important part of our cleaning programme.

We endeavour to keep facility closures to a minimum but we recognise the benefits of these important activities for our colleagues and customers.

To minimise disruption for our customers we have identified a quieter period to undertake these activities, and we hope you will still be able to join us at the available times for your workout.

Alternatively, if you would like a lunchtime workout on the 10th of January, we have arranged for a lunchtime circuit class to take place at our Cromer Terrace studio on the day.

This will take place at 12:00 – 13:00, Circuits, Cromer Terrace Studio and will be bookable as a normal class online and at reception.

 

See the full Christmas period opening hours for The Edge here.

Christmas Opening Hours 2019

The Edge

Be sure to fit in your fitness over the holidays!

The Edge opening hours will be as follows throughout the Christmas holiday period:

DateFacility Opening Hours
Friday 13th December 201906:30 – 18:30*
Saturday 21st December 2019Normal opening hours
Sunday 22nd December 2019Normal opening hours
Monday 23rd December 2019Normal opening hours
Tuesday 24th December 201908:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 25th December 2019Closed
Thursday 26th December 2019Closed
Friday 27th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Saturday 28th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Sunday 29th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Monday 30th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 31st December 201908:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 1st January 2020Closed
Thursday 2nd January 2020Normal opening hours

*This closure is due to essential maintenance works, resulting in a loss of heating and hot water during the evening.

Please note that on days with reduced opening hours, all Edge Club members will be able to use all the facilities at any time of day.

There will also be no women’s only swim and gym sessions on the above dates.

The Exercise Class timetable will be reduced over the Christmas period and can be found here.

Our swimming pool timetables can be found here.

Parking will be available at any time for customers on days with reduced opening hours (December 24th – January 2nd). Members who have registered their car can benefit from unlimited parking during these days, and all other members or pay as you go customers can use a 3 hour free parking code at any time during these days.

 

Looking for a taste of The Edge this Christmas?

Check out our Christmas promotion today!

 

Natalie Haythornthwaite Inducted into Sporting Hall of Fame

Natalie Haythornthwaite playing netball

Leeds University Alumna Natalie Haythornthwaite has been inducted into the University’s Sporting Hall of Fame.

Natalie was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Sports Scholars Award Evening held on 14 November, an event which celebrates the successes of all of our scholars who have been awarded a scholarship for the upcoming year. Unfortunately Natalie was unable to attend the evening, but did send us a quick message from down under;

Natalie, who graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a degree in Linguistics and Phonetics, is part of the history-making England Roses netball team who won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She has recently been selected again to be part of the England Roses squad who will travel to face the South Africa SPAR Proteas in a three-match test series in a few weeks’ time. In addition, she won the bronze medal at the 2019 Netball World Cup and has over 40 England caps to her name.

Whilst studying at Leeds, Natalie was Vice-Captain of Superleague side The Yorkshire Jets and was named Superleague Player of the Year in 2015. After a brief spell at Manchester Thunder, Natalie joined the newly formed Wasps side and went on to win consecutive Superleague titles with them in 2017 and 2018.

Following success with Wasps, Natalie moved to Australia to play for the New South Wales Swifts in the prestigious Suncorp Super Netball and in September 2019 won the Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final. Natalie was part of the England Roses team which was named BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year in 2018 in recognition of their historic Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Natalie Haythornthwaite Hall of Fame Board

You can take a look at the full Sporting Hall of Fame by visiting The Edge. It’s located alongside the sport scholarship board and you can read more about Natalie and all our other Hall of Fame recipients, who include:

  • Johnny Mowlem, Geography and Spanish 1998, Racing Car Driver
  • Rebecca Gallantree, Sports Science 2005, Great Britain diver.
  • Carol Isherwood OBE, History 1982 and PGCE Education 1984, Great Britain rugby union player and founder of the Rugby Football Union for Women.
  • Andrew Shovlin, Mechanical Engineering 1995 and PhD in Mechanical Engineering 1999, Formula 1 Chief race engineer.
  • Ray French MBE, General Studies 1961, England rugby union and rugby league player, rugby league commentator.
  • Giles Long MBE, Geology 1997, three time Paralympic swimming champion
  • Simon Mason, Economics 1994, Great Britain hockey player and vice president of England Hockey

Find out more about Natalie by following her on social media; @natsymone @nataliesymone.

Women’s Rugby Union Team Make History at Varsity

Women's rugby varsity

The Gryphons may not have retained their Varsity title, however Varsity 2019 shall go down in the history books; our women’s Rugby Union 1st team played for the first time ever at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Leeds Varsity is the annual inter-university sports Varsity between arch rivals University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. It began in January with the cross country and culminated, as it does every year, with the Rugby Union finale held up at Emerald Headingley Stadium where over 10,000 students cheered on their team from the stands.

Unfortunately for the Gryphons, Leeds Beckett have taken the title for this year. Lydia Evans, LUU Activities Officer said:

“Despite the result, it’s been a great day of sport for the Gryphons and every one of our athletes should feel proud to have represented their clubs.”

However, it was a historic moment for the women’s Rugby Union 1st team on Wednesday night, as they took to the pitch for the first time to compete against Leeds Beckett in front of the 10,000 strong crowd at Headingley Stadium. Ashley Ross, the women’s captain said:

“The experience of playing our varsity match with such a huge crowd was incredible, and not one that any of us will forget! It’s a special honour, especially for a university team, and it’s especially significant for us as a women’s team as we often struggle to get the same status as men’s sport. It feels like a massive step forward for gender equality and women in sport – not just playing for our team but every other women’s team who hasn’t had the same opportunity as men. Even though Beckett are our rivals, it’s a great achievement for them too. Winning was an amazing bonus on top of that! We’ll all definitely be celebrating tonight! The opportunity to play in the stadium is one we have been working towards for such a long time now so to see it all come together has been incredible. Thanks very much to everyone who came to support us!”

Our Gryphons put on a stellar performance over 60 fixtures including athletics, handball, tennis and lacrosse. Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport commented;

“I’m really proud of all our Gryphons who played their best whilst representing University of Leeds. It was especially exciting this year to see our women’s rugby union club playing at Headingley with such great support from the student crowd.”

A full list of the results can be found here, and keep an eye out on our social media channels for photos and videos from the day. See you all again in 2020.

Henley Royal Regatta – Brigham’s Dream Debut

The 2019 Henley Royal Regatta took place from 3 to 7 July and is the best-known regatta in the world.

Sports Scholar Matt Brigham qualified for the Diamond Challenge sculls on Friday 28 June. He would face double Olympic champion and six-time Henley winner, Mahe Drysdale on Thursday 4 July. Matt caused the biggest upset of the regatta and knocked Drysdale out, beating him by three and a half lengths! The entire rowing community was talking about Matt; he became an overnight sensation!
The next day, Matt faced world U23 medalist Luuk Adema from the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately Matt lost the race by two lengths and Adema progressed to the semifinals. 

Sports Scholar Matt Brigham rowing at the Henley Royal Regatta against double olympic champion Mahe Drysdale

Matt has only been rowing for four years since he started at the University of Leeds to study Medicine. He joined the GB Start programme two years ago, having swam his whole life. GB Start is a specialist talent identification programme that trains and develop athletes for the GB Rowing Team. Matt was rowing as an intermediate in his second year, so his progress has been phenomenal.
Matt trains with the University of Leeds Boat Club at the Leeds Boat House with GB Start coach, Matt Paul, and Head of Rowing, Dan Grant.

University of Leeds Boat Club Legends Crew at Henley Royal Regatta 2019

In addition to Matt’s success, the University of Leeds Boat Club had a boat of legends in the Centenary Row Past crew to celebrate their 100th year. 

The crew was made up of: Emma Lindsay (Cox), Ella Murphy, Jordan Bryne, Steve O’Connor, Ben Cox, Helen Brown, Grace Clough, Chris Williams and Tom Clements.

Finally, a huge congratulations to Matt for his fantastic Henley Royal debut and the Boat Club on a great year.

University of Leeds Boat Club Legends Crew in the row past at henley royal regatta 2019

Photographs courtesy of University of Leeds Boat Club.

Changes to Pay-As-You-Go Prices

The Edge

After careful consideration, due to increases in our operational costs such as energy and staffing, and additional facility investment we will be making some small changes to our pay-as-you-go prices. We have worked hard to develop a simplified pay-as-you-go offer and this is the first time we have increased certain prices since opening The Edge in May 2010.

We have ensured we have kept a discount for the University staff and student community, as well as maintaining our quality and price within the market place.

We have retained our 12 for 10 swimming pass offer, meaning a single swim will only cost you £4.58, at any time, if you are a University of Leeds staff or student non Edge member.

Please click here to see the newly revised price list, which will come into effect from Augst 1st 2019.

For more information and enquiries about the price changes please contact sport@leeds.ac.uk

If you are are a regular pay-as-you-go user, why not take out an Edge membership with prices starting from as little as £22.62 per month, or £190 per year. Make a saving on all your weekly visits to The Edge! Contact the Membership Team for more information.

Changes to Edge Memberships

Edge weights room

From 1 August 2019 we will be introducing some exciting new changes to our current Edge membership offer!

After collecting customer feedback, careful insight, market research and analysing our current offer, we have developed a simplified and more appealing Edge offer for you to enjoy.

Edge Club Premium is getting more premium!

  • University of Leeds staff and students; if you purchase a Premium Annual membership you can now enjoy access to over 60 other university gyms across the country through the BUCS UNIversal gym scheme. Perfect for when you are at home over the University holidays, visiting a friend at another University or travelling with work.
  • Discounts exclusive for Premium members on personal training Enjoy four sessions for the price of three.
  • Discounted Physiotherapy at our on-campus clinic.
  • Discounts on Edge courses.
  • Two free Body Analysis tests per year.
  • Access your personal Netflix and BBC iPlayer accounts through our Technogym gym screens.
  • Exclusive free invites to some of our other facilities such as Selside Outdoor Centre, Yorkshire Dales.

 

Edge Club membership – gym and swimming pool access times are changing

Edge Club members; you can enjoy your usual 6:30am – 12 noon (last access 11:30am) weekday access and now also all weekend! That’s 7:30am – 9pm on Saturdays and Sundays! We are removing the 2-4pm weekday slot and hope you enjoy the additional hours of weekend use.

If you are an existing Edge Club member and don’t want to change your current access times, don’t worry we have you covered; just get in contact with us and your current Edge Club membership will continue as normal. Please email the Membership Services Team.

Remember the access times referred to are only for swimming pool and gym access. If you have Edge Club membership you can still access other activities such as group exercise classes, squash, climbing etc. anytime during the full week (subject to availability and booking).

 

We will stop selling Edge Club Extra as a membership

From 1st August Edge Club Extra will not be available for sale or membership renewal. We will only be selling our newly improved Edge Club and Edge Club Premium memberships.

However, if you are an existing Edge Club Extra annual or monthly member; don’t worry, your membership will continue as normal until it expires/you cancel it. If you would like to switch over to our newly improved Edge Club and Edge Club Premium memberships please let us know and we can quickly switch you over.

 

No more additional charges for some activities

Previously, if you were an Alumni, Public, NHS Trust or Non University of Leeds Student member you would have had to have paid an additional charge for activities such as climbing, squash and booking sports halls. We want to keep things as simple as possible and give you the full Edge experience, so now these are all included in your Edge membership at no extra charge (subject to booking and availability). So mix up your workout and enjoy a game of squash, badminton, basketball or have a clamber on our climbing wall.

We hope you are as excited about the above changes as we are. If you have any questions about your membership please contact our Membership Services Team, or if you are interested in purchasing a new Edge membership please contact the Membership Team.

 

From 1st August there will be changes to the prices of our Edge Memberships

After careful consideration, due to increases in our operational costs such as energy and staffing, the above improvements, and additional facility investment we will be making some small changes to our membership prices from 1st August 2019.

The new membership prices are shown below:

Edge Club Premium

Annual – £290

Monthly – £34.52

Edge Club 

Annual – £190

Monthly – £22.62

Sports Pass 

Annual – £80

Edge Club Premium

Annual – £415

Monthly – £40.69

Edge Club 

Annual – £315

Monthly – £30.88

Sports Pass 

Annual – £102

Monthly – £8.50

We will still be offering 15% off the below for graduates within one year of graduating.

Edge Club Premium

Annual – £465

Monthly – £45.59

Edge Club 

Annual – £365

Monthly – £35.78

Edge Club Premium

Annual – £540

Monthly – £51.14

Edge Club 

Annual – £440

Monthly – £41.67

Edge Club Premium

Annual – £415

Monthly – £40.69

Edge Club Premium

Annual – £415

Monthly – £40.69

Edge Club 

Annual – £315

Monthly – £30.88

 

Please note monthly membership payment prices will change automatically from 1st August 2019, you do not need to do anything. If you have an annual membership, you also do not have to do anything and you will incur no extra charge. When you come to renew you will have to do so on the above prices. If you have any questions about a price change to your membership please contact our Membership Services Team by email.

 

And finally, in line with our vision to continually improve your experience, we have a number of exciting new developments and facility improvements for 2019/20.

We are investing in The Edge and our other Sport & Physical Activities including:

  • £115k investment into updating and improving our swimming pool to make it an even better place for you to swim. Take a read of the full story here.
  • A brand new wooden sprung floor and new sport-specific line markings are being installed in Sports Hall 1 ready for use July 2019.
  • Installation of new digital display TVs, including digital swimming pool timetable to enable us to improve communication of timetables and swimming pool updates.
  • £55k spent at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington Playing Fields improving the access at both facilities with new fencing and walkways.
  • We have proposed plans to invest in Bodington Playing Fields. Work includes providing three new artificial grass football pitches with an ancillary pavilion building, access and car parking facilities. Take a read of the project proposal here.

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valued custom and hope you continue to enjoy your membership at The Edge.

 

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: edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk 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.

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.

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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.

 

FAQs

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: https://sportsbookings.leeds.ac.uk/OnlineMemberships

  • 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.

https://sport.leeds.ac.uk/the-edge/campus-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