Leeds Varsity 2015

It was a day full of rain but that didn’t dampen the mood for Leeds Varsity 2015.

The 11th year of the competition between local rivals, The University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University was as competitive as ever and culminated in a record attendance at the rugby finale. 14,250 spectators attended the match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, a bigger crowd than the Namibia v Georgia Rugby World Cup Game taking place at the same time!

As ever the day was packed with intense competition and both universities battled hard against each other throughout the day. Each university took the overall lead at different points in the day, making it too close to call leading into the rugby finale.

The University of Leeds started the day off in perfect style with a 3-0 win in the indoor rowing, this followed on from a good start in pool for the biathlon who later went on to win both the men’s and women’s. The university continued to dominate in the pool, effortlessly winning both the men’s and women’s swimming gala and water polo. Still on home turf at The Edge the university took a clean sweep in the handball winning both men’s and women’s matches as well as winning the korfball 17 – 9.

In the hockey the women won 3 of their 4 matches, the 4th team scoring a massive 9 goals to Leeds Becketts-0! The men’s 1’s and 4’s meanwhile won their games with the 4th team getting to double figures against Leeds Beckett. Over the fence on the 3G the women’s lacrosse team won their game but the men couldn’t keep up with beckett. Despite the awful weather the football went ahead on some very wet pitches with Leeds Beckett succeeding in both the men’s and women’s games.

Due to the weather some rugby games were cancelled and the Golf had to be abandoned with both sides splitting the point up for grabs. There were serious doubts about the rugby finale at Headingley Carnegie Stadium but following an emergency pitch inspection everyone was assured the game would go ahead!

Back indoors and the university netball teams had some very close matches, the 2nd team won in the last game of the day and the 3rd and 4th team missed out on victory by just one or two points. Meanwhile the university table tennis team took a convincing 16-1 win and the men’s squash teams won both their games against beckett. Luckily the cricket was indoor away from the rain and both men’s and women’s 1st teams came away victorious.

One of the last games of the date was the rugby league game which was the closest it’s ever been with just 1 point in it. Leeds Beckett won 23-22 as the University missed a last second penalty from the halfway line.

Going into the rugby final the results were too close to call and the boys went on the field with everything to play for in front of a deafening crowd at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Despite a valiant effort by the team Leeds Beckett took the lead and the University couldn’t catch up. Leeds Beckett won 27 – 13 to make the overall Leeds Varsity score 30.5 – 27.5 on the night. Congratulations to Leeds Beckett University on their 11th varsity win.

“It was truly a fantastic day of sport and to have nearly 15k supporters in the stadium is a testament to the hard work of the Leeds Sport and Carnegie Sports teams and a reflection of how university sport can engage and inspire a significant proportion of our student community.

To be defeated by 3 points is desperately disappointing, but the progress we have made over the past couple of years following the launch of our Sports Strategy and the creation of the Leeds Sports team (previously Separate LUU and SPA sports development teams) is significant – and the whole team are committed to getting a varsity win within the next few years.”

Rob Wadsworth- Head of Sport

Well done to all players, coaches, volunteers, staff and spectators for the huge commitment and dedication to Leeds Varsity 2015.

A full list of results can be seen below and check out the Leeds Varsity 2015 photo album on the Gryphons Sport Facebook Page.


American Football:  Uni 0-55 Beckett
Athletics M (Track & Field):  Uni 52-87 Beckett
Athletics W (Track & Field):  Uni 46-77 Beckett

Badminton M1:  TBC
Badminton M2:  Uni 4-5 Beckett
Badminton M3:  TBC
Badminton W1:  Uni 6-2 Beckett
Badminton W2: TBC
Basketball M1:  Uni 60-68 Beckett
Basketball M2:  Uni 65-55 Beckett
Basketball W1:  Uni 35-47 Beckett
Biathlon W:  Uni 1-0 Beckett
Biathlon M:  Uni 1-0 Beckett

Cricket M1:  Uni 10-5 Beckett
Cricket M2: Uni 5-10 Beckett
Cricket W1: Uni 10-5 Beckett
Cross Country: Uni 1-0 Beckett

Football M1: Uni 0-1 Beckett
Football M2: Uni 3-6 Beckett
Football M3: Uni 1 – Beckett 1 (Uni lost on penalties)
Football M4: Uni 3-3 Beckett (Uni lost on penalties)
Football W1: Uni 1-11 Beckett
Football W2: Uni 0-5 Beckett
Football W3: Uni 0-16 Beckett

Golf (Mixed): Uni 1-1 Beckett

Handball M: Uni 26-22: Beckett
Handball W: Uni 26-24 Beckett
Hill Climb: TBC
Hockey M1: Uni 4- Beckett 1
Hockey M2: 1 3 Beckett
Hockey M3: TBC
Hockey M4: Uni 9-0 Beckett
Hockey W1: Uni 2-0 Beckett
Hockey W2: Uni 2-0 Beckett
Hockey W3: Uni 4-1 Beckett
Hockey W4: Uni 9-0 Beckett

Indoor Rowing: Uni 3-0 Beckett
Korfball: Uni 17-9 Beckett

Lacrosse M1: Uni 1-16 Beckett
Lacrosse W1: Uni 20-8 Beckett
Lacrosse W2: Cancelled

Netball 1: Uni 23-47 Beckett
Netball 2: Uni 46-42 Beckett
Netball 3: Uni 34-35 Beckett
Netball 4: Uni 34-36 Beckett

Rugby League 1: Uni 22-23 Beckett
Rugby Union M1: Uni 13-27 Beckett
Rugby Union M2: Cancelled
Rugby Union M3: Cancelled
Rugby Union W1: Uni 10-33 Beckett

Squash M1: Uni 5-0 Beckett
Squash M2: Uni 3-0 Beckett
Squash W1: Uni 1-3 Beckett
Swimming M: Uni 105-15 Beckett
Swimming W: Uni 69-48 Beckett

Table Tennis M1: Uni 16-1 Beckett
Tennis M1: Uni 0-12 Beckett
Tennis M2: Uni 0-12 Beckett
Tennis M3: TBC
Tennis M4: TBC
Tennis W1: TBC
Tennis W2: TBC
Tennis W3: TBC

Volleyball M1: TBC
Volleyball W1: Uni 3-0 Beckett

Waterpolo M1: Uni 22-9 Beckett
Waterpolo W1: Uni 23-7 Beckett

Sports Park Weetwood nominated for two awards

groundsmanship awards

The finalists have been announced for the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2015 and the University of Leeds, Sports Park Weetwood has been shortlisted for two awards.

Now in its seventh year, the awards event acknowledges the high standards achieved by volunteer and professional teams as well as individuals at facilities ranging from grassroots to professional stadia level.

The awards’ judging process recognises achievement, innovation and fresh thinking as well as examples of best practice from the leaders in the world of groundsmanship.

Independent judging at each venue will now take place and the winners will be announced Oscar-style at the IOG Industry Awards dinner on Wednesday 4 November.

The categories we have been nominated in are:

  • Ransomes Jacobsen Environmental Project/Innovation of the Year
    University of Leeds and St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffs.
  • Souters Sports Independent School/University Sports Ground Team of the Year
    University of Leeds, St Peter’s School, York, and Whitgift School, Croydon.

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Edge Nominated for Northern Regional Gym of The Year!

national fitness awards

The Edge has been nominated for Northern Regional Gym of The Year at the National Fitness Awards!

The National Fitness Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise achievement and excellence in all corners of the fitness industry.

The Regional Gym of the Year Award goes to a centre who has demonstrated excellent progress in areas such as member recruitment, retention, implementation of individual fitness programmes, ongoing improvements to facilities and staff training.

The winners of each category will be announced in early December 2015.

Welcome to our new website!

Edge Website

We’ve recently launched our brand new website to reflect the wealth of facilities, sports clubs & expertise we have across all sport and physical activity at the University of Leeds.

Packed with new features, simple navigation and a bold new look the site will also showcase the new look for sport that has recently been revealed. You will be able to check through the latest exercise classes at The Edge, view profiles of all our personal trainers and quickly learn more about the 48 sports catered for at the University.

One of the key features of the site is its responsive design meaning that it responds to the device it’s being used on and resizes accordingly.  This will enable you to access information about our facilities on the go much more easily than before.

We’d love to know what you think of the new website – send us your feedback.

New look for Sport


We’re excited to announce that there is now a new brand for sport at the University of Leeds; Leeds Sport.

The Leeds Sport brand brings a new and distinctive style to Sport which will set the University apart from other organisations.

The new look for Sport along with the new website makes sport more accessible for anyone at any level to get involved. Whether it’s playing, spectating, coaching or volunteering there’s something for everyone at Leeds.

We have lots of exciting plans for Leeds Sport so watch this space!

University of Leeds Staff Squash League

The Edge News

Are you interested in meeting some new people and exercising in a fun environment? Then join the University of Leeds Staff Squash League!

This is a friendly league and is open to ALL abilities. To join you just have to be a University of Leeds staff member, postgraduate or PhD student, University of Leeds Alumni or an Edge public member.
The league is a great way to challenge yourself, meet other squash enthusiasts or if you’ve never played before a good way to get involved in the sport.

There is no cost to join the league, however court booking and entrance fees may apply.

For more information, please contact squash@leeds.ac.uk.

Mountain Runner hits the heights

Mountain Running

First year sports scholar Georgia Malir finished second in the Junior trial race for selection for the Great Britain team for the European Mountain running Championships.

Georgia Malir

Georgia will now be representing Team GB in Madeira, Portugal next month. It will be a tough run for the Yorkshire runner as runners will be forced to adapt to the heat as well as the challenges that the course will offer.

But first she travelled to France last weekend for the second stage of the World Cup race for mountain running, with fellow Brit Sarah Tunstall claiming the top spot.

Best of luck Georgia for the Europeans!


Find out about the championships on the European Athletics website.

Novice Rowers Chosen for GB trials



Two University of Leeds students; Nathalie Cousins and Misha Dewes have been selected to attend the Great Britain Talent Confirmation Day on the 22nd June.


Nathalie and Misha were selected after completing performance tests held by GB rowing at the recent BUCS regatta. Over 300 students took part in the tests which included a leg and arm power test, bike test and height and arm span.


The University has partnered with British Rowing, Leeds City Rowing club and Sport England to develop the rowing programme at the University. This has included investment to build the new £1m Boathouse and with support from Leeds Alumni to appoint a new Head of Rowing, Dan Grant. This direct investment into the support has enabled Nathalie and Misha to develop from novice rowers to GB trialists in their first year.




At the ‘Talent Confirmation Day’ on the 22nd June they will undergo a series of tests that GB rowing will use to predict if they have potential for elite performance, if selected they will be invited to a water training camp in August in preparation for the GB Rowing Sculling Festival.


When asked about the opportunity Nathalie said: ‘It’s really exciting to see that we’re building on our hard work throughout the past year with opportunities to progress more over the summer’


Both students are preparing for the day through a tailored training regime developed by the Head of Rowing and Strength and Conditioning coach at the University to ensure they are fully prepared to impress GB rowing.

University of Leeds WIN Intra Mural Varsity 2015

LUU Netball

Intra Mural Varsity was hosted by the University of Leeds this year and despite the wintery conditions all teams fought hard against Leeds Beckett University to come out on top and regain the Varsity Trophy!

The universities competed in 5 different events with the University of Leeds winning 3-2 overall.

The results were;

  • 5-a-side Football: University of Leeds Won 5-4
  • 7-a-side Football: Leeds Beckett University Won
  • Netball: University of Leeds Won 29- 19
  • RUSH hockey- Leeds Beckett (Walkover)
  • 11-a-side Football: University of Leeds Won 3-0

Congratulations to all teams who represented the University after winning their Intra Mural leagues; Weughley Park (5 a-side Football), Murder on Zidane’s Floor (7 a-Side Football), Netball Reds (Netball) and Medics and Dentists (11 a-side Football).


IM Varisty Netball 2015


A special mention to the Netball Reds who won the Netball event for the first time in the competitions history!!

For more information on Intra Mural and how you can get involved visit the webpage here.