Coach Education – Massage Course Student Discount

Physiotherapy

The aims of the Coach Education Programme are to give students, staff and members of the public the opportunity to develop important skills and gain qualifications within all areas of sport.

This includes: coaching, officiating and performance support. We offer National Governing Body Awards, First Aid Qualifications, SCUK Workshops and Professional Fitness and Leisure Qualifications. All of our courses are priced to offer the best rates for our customers. Completing these courses with us can directly lead to paid work or give you the valuable experience needed in areas that interest you whilst providing you with contacts that will support you through your development in order to achieve your goals.

Upcoming courses:

Sports Massage course: Saturday 12th-Wednesday 16th December. Special student discount £500!
FA Basic Referee course: Starting Tuesday 1st December-£110
Futsal Referee Conversion Course: Friday 18th December-£40
Kinesiology Taping and Strapping: Sunday 20th December- £100

Still undecided if it is for you? Then have a read of a student who undertook one of the courses and how she made money from gaining a qualification. 

Sally Warren

Which courses have you done?

Sport and Remedial Massage Diploma

Why did you choose to do these courses?

At the end of my first year of my BSc Sports and Exercise Sciences degree, I developed an interest into rehabilitation and the hands on practicalities of treatment. Applying my theoretical knowledge and anatomy I knew sports massage would be a beneficial course for me to go on, providing me with extra skills, enhancing my degree knowledge and prospective for a physiotherapy masters.

Did you enjoy the course?

I really enjoyed the course. It was an intense week of working hard with a lot to learn but the course leaders were supportive and I felt learning it all together helped me grasp it in one go and learn efficiently. We practised the massage on different students throughout the week, having the opportunity to rotate and develop the massage skills on a variety of physiques, injuries, shapes and sizes.

Would you recommend these courses to others?

I would recommend the course to others if you are interested in rehabilitation, working in physiotherapy, or wanting extra practical skills to enhance your degree.

What have you used your qualifications for?

Since graduating at The University of Leeds with a 2:1 in Sports and Exercise Sciences in 2014, I am now studying my MSc Pre-Registration Physiotherapy degree at Kings College London to become a qualified physiotherapist. Having the massage diploma has proved to be extremely beneficial for me because on placements/ in the work environment I will have that extra knowledge and confidence. I have used my massage diploma for volunteering at pre/post running massages, sports club events, live events such as working backstage at the Clothes Show Live Birmingham with the top UK dancers, and my own private massaging. The more experience you can gain will help to enhance your skills further and you will have more of an advantage in the competitive field.

Have you gone onto any paid work as a result of your qualifications?

If you remain insured you can work self-employed or take your skills into sports teams or private massage. I have continued massaging as a result of my qualification since, both volunteering and paid.

What are you doing now?

Studying MSc Pre-Registration Physiotherapy

Sean Conway, Extreme Adventurer comes to Leeds

Ever considered cycling the length of Britain?
How about running the length of Britain?
What about swimming the length of Britain?

Meet Sean Conway, the first and only man to do all three.

Sean Conway is an extreme endurance adventurer and his next challenge is to complete a triathlon in one of the most inhospitable climates in the world; the arctic circle in Norway.

On December 1st Sean will be coming to the University of Leeds to talk about why he sold his business for just £1 to follow his dreams. He will reflect on what he has achieved and learnt about himself and there will be a question and answer session followed by the chance to meet Sean and have any books signed.

Tickets are only £5 + booking fee with £2.50 going towards the Gryphons Abroad charity project in South Africa.

Talk Details:

Date: 1st December
Time: 7 – 8.30pm
Location: Rupert Beckett lecture Theatre- University of Leeds
Cost: £5 + Booking Fee. £2.50 from each ticket sale will go towards the gryphons abroad charity project in South Africa.

 

 

BUCS Weekend Round Up

Student Sport Conference

BUCS doesn’t just take place on a Wednesday as we had multiple sports competing over the weekend with some great success.

Over the weekend University of Leeds Swim Club just missed out on top 10 team finish in the BUCS Swimming Short Course resulting overall 11th which is a fantastic result as they competed against Olympians throughout the weekend.

Fantastic swims from Will Rosson making the 200m mens freestyle final and Matt Brigham finishing 8th in the 200m backstroke final.

The final swims of the day saw Leeds smash the relays, with the mens and womens medley relay teams both finishing 7th in the A final.

swim BUCS

Down at The Edge University of Leeds boat club played hosts for the BUCS Yorkshire Indoor Rowing event which was a great success, with both the men’s and womens teams coming away medalling in the lightweight division.

rowing

For more information regarding BUCS Sport events and results please click here. 

Also a big well done to any students or staff braved the weather and took part in a very windy Leeds Abby Dash at the weekend.

Leeds Gryphons fly on the slopes

Snow sports

The women led the way on the BUCS Dryslope competition winning multiple events in Edinburgh over the weekend with Leeds Gryphons securing 64 BUCS points in total.

Scholar Gillian Finnerty won both the snowboard slope style and giant slalom, followed by silver in the big air and a respectful bronze in the board cross. On the flip side skier Jenny Davies impressed in the slalom, winning slalom gold and placing silver in the giant slalom.

Some solid performances in the boy’s team with Oliver Chapman securing bronze in the snowboard big air and Edward Midwater placed fifth in the ski big air.

Great work form Leeds Snowriders this weekend – inspired you to get on the slopes? Check out them out here.

BUCS Wednesday Round Up

Wednesday 5th November 2015

It was a grey day on Wednesday but that didn’t dampen spirits in our match of the day, the ultimate Frisbee men’s team got their BUCS season underway with an impressive win over Christie rivals University of Liverpool 15-9. Great preparation ahead of regional’s this weekend.

A fantastic result from men’s hockey first team, they scored the winning goal in the dying minutes to beat Edinburgh University men 3-2 under the Weetwood lights. Womens football first team maintain their unbeaten record in the league with an outstanding 15-1 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield University.

Overall we won 21, lost 29 and drew just the 1, with both mens and womens volley ball teams not dropping a set to take the winning points, the mens beat Northumbria 2s 3-0 and the women beat University of York 3-0.

Good luck to our Gryphons who will be competing in the BUCS dry slope Championships in Edinburgh this weekend.

Sport Home Results
Badminton Mens 2 University of Hull Mens 2nd 7 1 WIN
Badminton Mens 3 University of Huddersfield Mens 1st 6 2 WIN
Basketball Womens 1 Durham University Womens 2nd
Fencing Mens University of Manchester Mens 1st 129 109 WIN
Fencing Womens University of Manchester Womens 1st 135 94 WIN
Football Mens 1 Newcastle University Mens 1st 2 3 LOSS
Football Mens 3 University of Sheffield Mens 3rd
Football Men 4 University of Hull Mens 3rd
Football Womens 1 University of Sheffield Womens 1st 15 1 WIN
Football Womens 3 Leeds Trinity University Womens 1st 0 5 LOSS
Golf University of Central Lancashire Mixed 3rd
Hockey Mens 1 University of Edinburgh Mens 1st 3 2 WIN
Hockey Mens 3 Newcastle University Mens 3rd 1 2 LOSS
Hockey Mens 4 University of Sheffield Mens 3rd 2 0 WIN
Hockey Mens 5 Newcastle University Mens 4th 0 3 LOSS
Hockey Womens 1 University of Edinburgh Womens 1st 0 2 LOSS
Hockey Womens 4 Teesside University Womens 1st
Hockey Womens 6 University of Bradford Womens 1st 2 3 LOSS
Netball 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 3rd 39 23 WIN
Netball 4 University of Sheffield Womens 2nd 35 60 LOSS
Netball 5 Durham University Womens 4th 24 27 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 1 Durham University Mens 1st 14 31 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 2 Northumbria University Mens 2nd
Rugby Union Mens 4 University of Sheffield Mens 3rd
Rugby Union Womens 1 University of Sheffield Womens 1st 0 5 LOSS
Squash Mens 1 Durham University Mens 1st 3 2 WIN
Squash Womens 2 Durham University Womens 1st 0 4 LOSS
Table Tennis Mens Lancaster University Mens 1st 4 13 LOSS
Tennis Mens 1 Durham University Mens 3rd 6 6 DRAW
Tennis Mens 2 University of York Mens 1st 8 4 WIN
Tennis Womens 1 Durham University Womens 3rd 2 10 LOSS
Tennis Womens 3 York St John University Womens 1st 4 8 LOSS
Ultimate (Outdoor) Mens University of Liverpool Mens 1st 15 9 WIN
Volleyball Mens Northumbria University Mens 2nd 3 0 WIN
Volleyball Womens University of York Womens 1st 3 0 WIN
Sport Away Results
Badminton Womens 2 Northumbria University Womens 1st 0 8 LOSS
Badminton Mens 1 University of Liverpool Mens 1st 3 5 LOSS
Badminton Womens 1 University of Nottingham Womens 1st 2 6 LOSS
Basketball Womens 1 University of Sunderland Mens 1st 57 75 LOSS
Basketball Mens 2 University of Sunderland Mens 2nd 76 42 WIN
Basketball Mens 3 University of York Mens 2nd 23 56 LOSS
Football Mens 2 York St John University Mens 1st 3 2 WIN
Football Womens 2 York St John University Womens 1st 2 5 LOSS
Hockey Mens 2 Durham University Mens 3rd 1 3 LOSS
Hockey Mens 6 University of Sunderland Mens 1st 4 1 WIN
Hockey Womens 3 York St John University Womens 1st 2 3 LOSS
Lacrosse Womens 1 Durham University Womens 2nd 11 14 LOSS
Lacrosse Womens 2 Durham University Womens 4th 4 16 LOSS
Lacrosse Mens 1 Northumbria University Mens 1st 1 20 LOSS
Netball 3 University of Hull Womens 1st 31 46 LOSS
Netball 1 York St John University Womens 1st 56 43 WIN
Rugby League 1 Newcastle University Mens 1st 22 30 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 3 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st
Squash Mens 2 University of Sheffield Mens 3rd 3 0 WIN
Squash Mens 3 University of York Mens 2nd 2 1 WIN
Table Tennis Mens 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 1st 6 11 LOSS
Tennis Mens 3 Teesside University Mens 1st
Tennis Mens 4 University of Sunderland Mens 2nd 12 0 WIN
Water Polo Mens Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st 8 17 LOSS
Water Polo Womens University of Manchester Womens 1st 15 9 WIN

 

BUCS Wednesday Round Up

BUCS Wednesday Round Up

October 28th 2015 

The rain didn’t dampen our Gryphons spirits as in our match of the day womens football first team made it 3 out of 3 wins beating University of Manchester 1-0 at a muddy North Pavilion.

After a slow start to the season our Rugby League mens 1st team recorded their first win of the BUCS Prem division beating Hull a very convincing 32-4, they celebrated with their own version of the haka. Enjoy.

For many of our Gryphons it was Cup week, with men’s hockey 6th team venturing to Wales beating Bangor 2nds 3-1 however they have a tough challenge ahead facing fellow team’s mates of the men’s 2nds in the next round. Elsewhere the women’s 2nds smashed it in their Cup game with a 21-0 win over Liverpool John Moors 3rds. The netball club had a fantastic Wednesday with 5 out of 6 teams winning and progressing to the next round of the Cup competition.

Well done to everyone, check out more info on the BUCS Sport website.

Sport Home Competition Result
Badminton Mens 1 University of Manchester Mens 1st Northern 1A DRAW
Badminton Mens 2 University of Liverpool Mens 3rd Cup 6 2 WIN
Badminton Mens 3 Keele University Mens 2nd Cup 8 0 WIN
Badminton Womens 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 1st Northern 1A  2 6 LOSS
Basketball Mens 3 Manchester Metropolitan University Mens 3rd (Manchester) Cup 53 83 LOSS
Football Mens 1 University of Manchester Mens 1st Northern 1A 2 2 DRAW
Football Mens 3 University of Hull Mens 1st Cup 0 3 LOSS
Football Womens 1 University of Manchester Womens 1st Northern 1A 1 0 WIN
Hockey Manchester Metropolitan University Mens 3rd (Manchester)  Cup
Hockey Bangor University Mens 3rd  Cup
Hockey Womens 2 Liverpool John Moores University Womens 3rd Cup 21 0 WIN
Hockey Womens 3 University of Manchester Womens 3rd Cup 2 1 WIN
Hockey Womens 4 University of Manchester Womens 2nd Cup DRAW
Hockey Womens 6 University of York Womens 2nd Cup DRAW
Hockey Womens 7 University of Chester (Warrington) Womens 1st Cup 12 1 WIN
Lacrosse Mens 1 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st Northern 1A 11 19 LOSS
Lacrosse Womens 1 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 1st Northern 1A 23 6 WIN
Lacrosse Womens 2 Northumbria University Womens 1st Northern 2B 8 19 LOSS
Netball 1 Durham University Womens 1st Northern 1A 35 27 WIN
Netball 5 Liverpool John Moores University Womens 3rd Cup 48 23 WIN
Netball 6 York St John University Womens 2nd Northern 7B 39 37 WIN
Rugby League 1 University of Hull Mens 1st Premier North 32 4 WIN
Rugby Union Mens 1 University of Nottingham Mens 1st Premier North A 16 12 WIN
Squash Womens 2 Bangor University Womens 1st Northern 1A 3 1 WIN
Tennis Mens 1 Loughborough University Mens 2nd Trophy  10 2 WIN
Tennis Mens 3 Keele University Mens 2nd Cup DRAW
Tennis Mens 4 Lancaster University Mens 2nd Cup DRAW
Volleyball Mens 1 University of Sheffield Mens 1st Northern 1A 1 3 LOSS
Sport Away Competition Result
Badminton Womens 1 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st Premier North 3 5 LOSS
Basketball Womens 1 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 1st Northern 1A 13 59 LOSS
Fencing Womens 1 Newcastle University Womens 2nd Northern 1A 132 119 WIN
Fencing Mens 1 Northumbria University Mens 1st Northern 1A 94 135 LOSS
Football Mens 4 Edge Hill University Mens 3rd Plate 3 2 WIN
Football Womens 3 University of Salford Womens 1st Cup 0 17 LOSS
Golf University of Central Lancashire Mixed 2nd Northern 1A 1 5 LOSS
Hockey Mens 6 Bangor University Mens 2nd Cup 3 1 WIN
Hockey Womens 8 Edge Hill University Womens 1st Cup  0 20 LOSS
Hockey Mens 3 Keele University Mens 2nd Cup 0 4 LOSS
Hockey University of Cumbria Womens 1st Cup
Hockey Womens 1 University of Edinburgh Womens 1st Premier A North 1 8 LOSS
Hockey Mens 4 University of York Mens 1st Cup 0 4 LOSS
Netball 2 Edge Hill University Womens 2nd Cup 48 27 WIN
Netball 4 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 2nd Cup 32 59 LOSS
Netball 3 University of Cumbria Womens 1st Cup 47 15 WIN
Rugby League 2 University of York Mens 1st Northern 3A 36 0 WIN
Rugby Union Men 3 Durham University Mens 4th Northern 2B 13 35 LOSS
Rugby Union Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st Northern 2B
Rugby Union Sheffield Hallam University Mens 3rd Northern 5B
Rugby Union Womens 1 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st Northern 1A 7 0 WIN
Squash Mens 1 Newcastle University Mens 1st Northern 1A 2 3 LOSS
Squash Mens 3 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd Cup 0 3 LOSS

FREE Strength and Conditioning Sessions!

Squash

To help develop our student clubs we will be hosting a number of free Strength & Conditioning sessions for students to attend.

Our first session will be focusing on racket sports.

When: Thursday 12th November, 19:45 – 20:45

Where: Leeds Gryphons Strengh & Conditioning Room in The Edge

This is a unique opportunity to learn from highly experienced professional S&C coaches, with previous experience of working at both Olympic level and in professional sport.

You will learn

  • How to structure an S&C session
  • How to structure a long-term training programme
  • The principles of training
  • How to create sports and individually specific training programme

In addition, you will receive:

  • Access to coaches contact details
  • The opportunity for further guidance on your training
  • A list of S&C resources recommended by the S&C team to further direct your training.

Register your interest to attend this session using the form below, you will be notified if you have secured a place by the 6th November 2015.

Snow Scholar soars into Team GB

University of Leeds Snowboard Sports Scholar Gillian Finnerty will be joining the Great Britain training camp in the snowboard cross early next year.

Gillian has had great success this past year dominating the BUCS snowboarding circuit and recently won the Indoor England and British Championships in snowboard cross.

Despite freestyle being her favourite discipline she was advised to give snowboard cross a go. At the recent talent ID event she clocked second fastest time just behind Olympian Zoe Gillings and was quickly asked to join the GB side for training out in Austria at the beginning of 2016.

Snowboard cross is where four or six snow boarders race on a course filed with banked turns, kickers, rollers and other obstacles. The fastest people go through to the next round until there’s a winner.

“It’s basically like being on a snowboarding rollercoaster in a form of a race. It’s really fun providing you don’t end up crashing!” Gillian beams.

Gillian has decided to have a two month suspension of her PhD studies at the University while she focuses on her Snowboard cross.

“This is a really great opportunity for me and I’d like to thank the admin staff for the Bioenergy CDT and my supervisors for being so supportive and allowing me to do this.

“I’d also like to give a shout out to my snowboard sponsors; Raven Snowboards, Volt Snow Co, Misguided Fools, minus-nine and NUCO. And of course a big thanks goes to my parents for helping me with the costs!”

Gillian has dived straight into it as the indoor season begins and has won the British the indoor SBX champs most recently. She will be based with the team in Zell am Ziller in Austria, from the end of December until end of February. She will then go on to the BRITS in Tignes to compete in all disciplines, and then compete for the University at BUSC main event, getting those all important BUCS points for Leeds.

Best of luck or the year ahead Gillian!

Lifeguard team success!

The lifeguard team from The Edge recently competed in the IQL UK & CIMSPA Lifeguard Triathlon,  an event which tests theory, swimming ability and CPR.

A key objective for both IQL UK and CIMSPA is to help raise organisational standards by providing the framework and opportunities for staff to undertake continual professional development and “aim higher” than simple job competence. The triathlon is a fabulous opportunity for lifeguards to showcase their skills and knowledge and reward those who excel at both a local and national level.

In 2014 the team competed and came 20th and this year saw an even better result where they came 15th out of a total of 53 facilities. Full results can be found here.

Gemma Smales (Duty Manager) who leads the lifeguard training said:

“The team have really been engaged and worked hard in training over the past year so its nice to see their efforts pay off”

A massive well done to the team. All swimmers are in save hands here at The Edge

 

 

A Roaring Success

Our first event as part of the Uni Girls Can launch week, combined the zoo project, a colour run and the Great British bake off to create the Catwalk Run!

With the aim to embrace the fun, glamorous side of being a woman which often isn’t associated with being active, the event kick started with free face painting, nail art discounts and showcased some of the beautiful, African inspired gym wear from un-official brand sponsor Lornah Sports. One lucky participant, Megan Walker, even won her own Lornah look outfit after entering our Launch week ‘What inspires you to get moving?’ social media competition.

Bedecked in colour, print and pattern, a parade of 30 students, staff and members of the local community (including some keen youngsters joining their mum) then united in setting the city alight on the urban run part of the event. Energized and buzzing from the run, we embarked on Hidden Café to enjoy well deserved coffee, cake and a natter! More lucky winners, Giulia Pe and friend, enjoyed a goody bag of healthy treats and pampering goodies, including a voucher from Happi Food and an Edge day pass, for their creative Lornah Roar photograph.

Thank you to all who attended our first event, we had a great time! Don’t worry if you missed this one, this is only the first of our colour, pattern and print inspired runs!