Alumni Sports Day

Alumni sports day is back and bigger than ever before with over 20 clubs joining us for our annual friendly day of competition.

Loved your time at Leeds? Want to relive your university days? Then dust off your old kit and catch up with old teammates as we invite you to return to Leeds for a day of fixtures against our current Gryphons on Saturday 5th May.

We’re delighted to thank Endsleigh who for the second year running are the official supporters of the Alumni Sports Day 2018.

The fixtures confirmed for this year are:

University Campus:

Team Venue Pitch Time
Badminton Gryphon 3 courts 2-5pm
Basketball Mens Edge Hall 1B 2-4pm
Basketball Womens Edge Hall 1B 12-2pm
Fencing Edge Hall 1A 2-6pm
Handball Edge Hall 1 4-6pm
Korfball Gryphon All 12-2pm
Netball Edge Hall 1A 10-12pm
Netball Development Edge Hall 1A 11-2pm
Squash Gryphon Squash Courts 1:30-4:30pm
Table Tennis Cromer Terrace Cromer 1pm-4pm
Volleyball Edge Gryphon 2-5pm


Sports Park Weetwood:

Team Venue Pitch Time
American Football TBC TBC TBC
Football Men’s Weetwood Soccer 1 4pm
Football Women’s Weetwood Soccer 1 2pm
Hockey Men Weetwood SD1 4pm
Ultimate Frisbee Weetwood 3G 1-3pm
Lacrosse Men Weetwood 3G 4.30-6pm
Lacrosse Women Weetwood 3G 3-4.30pm
Rugby Womens Weetwood Rugby 1 1pm
Cricket Women Weetwood Cricket 2 2pm

 

Swimming & Waterpolo will take place on Sunday 6th May in The Edge pool from 3.45 – 5.15pm. An alumni rowing event will also be taking place on May 12th.


Get involved:

With over 20 sports involved, there’s plenty to see on the day. Fixtures are based either on University campus or up at Sports Park Weetwood so please feel free to spectate on the day.

Alumni can get involved by heading here to find out more and sign up.

Students, please sign up here in order to get your free alumni sports day t-shirt.

 

On the day:

Alumni, please be sure to register upon your arrival. Here you’ll be able to collect your free t-shirt to remember the day.

There are refreshments available to purchase on site up at Sports Park Weetwood. Plus there are a number of cafe’s/shops in close vicinity for those based on Campus.

Photo taking is encouraged, we’d love to see your team snaps! Join in the conversation either on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and use the #sportsday18.

Contract signing for Leeds Gryphon

University of Leeds American Football

Former Leeds gryphon Felix Titherley has recently signed a professional contract with the Rostock Griffins of the GFL (German Football League). He will be playing at the highest level of American Football competition outside North America and it will be an exciting challenge for Felix. His new contract comes after a 5-year career in representing the University of Leeds in American Football and gaining a place on the Great Britain Lions roster in January 2017.

His sporting achievements have been assisted through continuing support from Leeds Sport, particularly with strength and conditioning coaching. Felix trains at least six times a week in the Gryphon Room, working with S&C coach Max Roger. Max shared his delight for Felix’s new opportunity:

Felix Titherley + Max

‘I’m happy and excited for Felix. He has shown how you can achieve your goals by working towards them with consistent, hard work. He is an extremely hard worker and a true 24/7 athlete. He has been doing everything that he can in and out of the gym to be the best that he can be.’

Through continuing training, Felix has gained the strength and athletic ability he will need to compete at the next level. Felix’s dedication to the sport has allowed him to make great improvements and proved him to be an accomplished athlete. The university wishes him the best of success in his new and exciting career. We hope to hear great things in the future.

Win £50 Amazon and Refresh vouchers

Balancing life survey complete to win £50 amazon and refresh voucers - text on a picture of someone walking on grass

Help us to support your activity and wellbeing on campus by filling out the 2018 Balancing Life Survey. Plus you could win a £50 Amazon Voucher or Refresh Card!

Last year’s Balancing Life Survey found that 77% of staff and students at the University of Leeds are active, with 60% of the activity they take part in happening on campus. A survey of this type had never been completed before and it gave great insight into the activity and wellbeing levels of staff and students. Take a look at the full results online here.

The insight gained from last year’s survey has raised the importance of staff and students health and wellbeing on campus, and this has had some fantastic results;

  • The Student Education Services have appointed two full time interns with a focus on improving staff health and wellbeing.
  • The University of Leeds, via the Wellbeing, Safety and Health department are about to recruit a full time role for promoting staff health and wellbeing.
  • Results helped raise the importance of staff being more active and promoting health and wellbeing to colleagues in their own teams as demonstrated by the hundreds of Healthy Week Heroes we had.
  • Sport and Physical Activity has seen an increase in schools across the University engaging with the staff wellness programme

These are all great steps forward and this year’s survey will help to give even further insight and see if there has been a change in results from last year.

This year’s survey is now live for staff and students to complete until the 18th March and all students who fully complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 Amazon Vouchers, and staff will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 Refresh card vouchers for buying food and drinks on campus. Fill out the survey now!

All survey responses are anonymous and will be used to provide the University with the insight to provide programmes and offers that fit the wants and needs of the staff and students at the University of Leeds.

 

Korfball’s big day out to BUCS regionals

Leeds Korfball

It was an exciting and successful weekend for Leeds Gryphons Korfball Club as they challenged the best teams from across the North and Scotland.

On the 2nd of December Leeds University Korfball Club took 3 teams to Manchester for the qualifying round of the BUCS National Korfball Tournament. The first team were able to showcase their talents as one the best university teams in the country, storming their way through the tournament unbeaten to the top spot. The champion side also claimed the titles of top male and female scorer. Former President and current first team captain Jacob Cooke shared his excitement;

“Such an amazing day for Leeds Korfball, Leeds university 1’s coming 1st overall and qualifying for 1st tier nationals and Leeds university 2’s beating numerous other 1st teams to finish 5th and qualify for 2nd tier nationals. All Leeds University teams played so well, outperforming previous years dramatically. This year could be the most successful in the clubs history and we are excited to see how Leeds Uni 1’s, 2’s and 3’s do at their nationals!”

The second team had a much tougher time in their bid for qualification starting the tournament with a couple of tough losses and a draw. They desperately needed a win in their last game against Lancaster to guarantee qualification. The match strayed away from the game plan with the second team finding themselves on the wrong side of a two-goal deficit. At 5-3 they fought back to 5-5 but a draw would not be enough to qualify. With time and hope running out, Club President scored a last-gasp wonder goal to guarantee qualification to the nationals. The success proved a delight to all involved, particularly Second Team Captain Harriet who said;

“I am so proud of the energy and enthusiasm that our teams displayed. Everyone played the best Korfball of their seasons and the support from side lines was phenomenal”

The third team made a valiant effort in their debut tournament. The majority of the team is made up of beginners who have only just started playing the sport this year. Although they are still finding the ropes of the game they played incredibly, going toe to toe with some of the best teams in the country. They won their first ever game against a strong Manchester side and secured a draw in a scrappy derby game against our very own second team.

What’s next for Korfball?

The first and second teams will be competing at the BUCS national trophy finals on the 4th of March. They will be competing against the top 16 universities in the country and we are looking for a top 8 finish. It has already been a successful year for korfball and we are not ready to give up yet.

University host junior parkrun

Junior Park Run

Ten years ago the Sport and Physical Activity service at the University of Leeds started the third parkrun in the country on Woodhouse Moor. Since then parkrun has grown rapidly with 202,495 events in 17 countries worldwide! 

Following the University’s close relationship with parkrun and the opening of The Brownlee Centre and Cycle Circuit last year, Sport and Physical Activity and parkrun have teamed up once again, this time to launch a junior parkrun. The Bodington junior parkrun will take place on the University’s cycle circuit where children (aged 4-14yrs) will complete a 2km loop.

parkrun is all about inclusiveness, wellbeing and bringing together people in the community, the Bodington Cycle Circuit is the perfect location to achieve this with the tarmac circuit used for the run and The Brownlee Centre providing an indoor space for a drink and place to talk after the event.

The University invested £5m to create these facilities last year and one of the key aims is to provide space for members of the local community to use. Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at The University of Leeds said;

“We are committed to providing facilities where we can, for keeping the local community as active as they can be. So we are delighted to be able to support and host the Bodington Junior parkrun.”

Sport & Physical Activity have provided the £3k funding to launch this parkrun, which has bought the equipment needed to run the event. They are also providing the facilities for free, displaying their commitment to providing opportunities for children to be active.

“Encouraging children to be physically active at an early age is creating habits for life. We are keen to do this alongside encouraging young people to be aspirational about coming to study for a world class degree at the University of Leeds.

parkrun is a great inclusive offer; I love taking part in my local parkrun on Saturday mornings and would encourage everyone to get involved as a participant, a volunteer or a supporter.”

Suzanne Glavin

The Bodington junior parkrun launches this Sunday (25 February) at 9am and if you would like to get involved all you need to do is register on the website here. You only need to do this once then just turn up on the day.

 

Commonwealth Selection for Kim Daybell

Kim daybel paralympic table tennis player

Kim Daybell’s latest success in selection for the Commonwealth Games.

After reaching the quarter finals of the men’s individual in Rio back in 2016 and successfully gaining 2 silver medals in the PTT US Open, Kim Daybell is back. In April 2018 Kim will be off to Australia with England’s Table Tennis team to play in the Commonwealth Games. Clearly delighted he shared his thrill in being selected for the team;

“I’m really excited. It’s the first time para has had a standing event. To be part of the first one is going to be very exciting and to go to Australia will be a good trip. It will be nice to stand side by side with the able-bodied players and get the same coverage and the same recognition.

We are representing England rather than GB and it will be interesting to see if it has a different feel to it. We could play against our colleagues from Scotland or Wales, who we’ve never had to play against before. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Athlete Kim Daybell ready to serve holding table tennis bat and ball

Kim will be making his Commonwealth debut in Australia competing alongside 10 fellow team members who between them will be challenging 9 medals over the course of the competition. Team England are confident of success and believe Kim and his fellow athletes will provide strong competition. The University of Leeds is supporting Kim along the way and wishes him the best of success in the upcoming Games.

Mantality retreat success

Group of males wearing matching t-shirts holding giftbags at mantality retrea

Last weekend, three University of Leeds students journeyed to Weetwood Hall Hotel to partake in a three-day retreat with Leeds Rhinos legend Stevie Ward to look into male mental health. The Mantality retreat aims to encourage men to be more open and honest with each other consequently helping them to achieve a greater sense of control over their lives and empowering them to achieve their best.

The participants on the retreat expressed a range of reasons for wanting to take this fantastic opportunity, seeing it as a way to push their own boundaries by doing something that they didn’t feel comfortable with. By attending with an open mind they were encouraged to look at their past, present and future experiences and how this has affected their ideas of masculinity. 

So what was it all about?

The weekend was composed of a range of activities to increase self-awareness. From yoga to meditation workshops, each challenged ideas of manliness. This opportunity allowed everyone to be inspired to do things they wouldn’t normally do as men, and most importantly talk.

The group were encouraged to speak about their thoughts through a ‘men’s circle’. This offered the opportunity to share their feelings and allow themselves to be vulnerable in a safe and comforting environment. Feedback from our students told that all those taking part felt as though they were able to share their experiences. Working together to find ways of fulfilling their potential, they were able to remove limiting beliefs of what it means to be a man.

Andrew Marks, the Charity Secretary for Leeds University Rugby League, reflected on the weekend:

“I learnt that’s it is OK to be open about your feelings, to be vulnerable, and to have issues. I learnt a lot about myself, moving on from the past and how to be more present in today’s society.  We discovered how to really focus on our lives moving forward and it helped me realise how to be the best version of myself. I discovered how to be myself and take off the mask we put on to society. Summed up by an Oscar Wilde quote, ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.’”

A huge thanks to the footsteps fund for giving our students this fantastic opportunity. Also a special thank you to Stevie and the Mantality team for running this incredible programme.

International Student Exercise Classes Success

The Edge header image

This Christmas, the University of Leeds flagship fitness facility – The Edge, offered a unique series of free exercise classes for its international students and the wider Leeds Global Community.

The classes included the ever popular, Les Mills Body Pump and Body Combat along with some brand new virtual led classes taught in Mandarin. The University of Leeds has invested significantly in their Group Exercise Timetable providing one of the largest programmes in the country, with over 220 classes on offer per week during term time.

Suzanne Glavin (Head of Sport) said; “It’s really important that we make sure that our sport and group exercise class provision at the University of Leeds meets all our students’ needs, including our international students. We were grateful and delighted to capitalise upon our strong collaborative working with Les Mills. We were delighted that we could pilot their excellent virtual classes, and be the first to launch those taught in Mandarin. Our international Chinese students who remained in Leeds over the Christmas period enjoyed a taste of home through taking part in Mandarin virtual group exercise classes“.

The Edge now has a fully kitted out virtual studio, offering a range of virtual classes for both beginners and the more experienced exercise class goer.

155 class bookings were made over the two weeks of Christmas for this new venture and feedback received from the students was resoundingly positive.

 

I think it’s a really brilliant idea to put these classes during December, especially for international students. I really enjoyed the class, there were loads of weights and bars available which was good. I would definitely attend again! Thanks for putting them on!” – Miranda

I attended two virtual classes and they were very good, especially that the instructions were in Mandarin. I enjoyed them and realised that I really need more exercises. I’d like to book again if similar classes will be available in the future” – Huiming 

The Edge has been recognised at the National  Fitness Awards over three consecutive years, coming runner-up in the National Group Exercise Award category in 2017.

 

Leeds Sports Awards Sponsor

Leeds Sports Awards Sponsors

We are proud to be supporting the city’s annual sports awards this March, where hundreds of people will come together to celebrate the success of athletes, volunteers, coaches and spectators over the past year.

At the event we are sponsoring the club/team performance award which has the following finalists:

  • East Leeds Swimming Club (Masters)
  • Leeds Gymnastics Club
  • Matty Lee & Lois Toulson

You can see the full list of finalists on the Leeds Sports Awards website. We wish all the finalists good luck for the night and look forward to celebrating everyone’s success over the past year.

Sport Leeds Proud Partner

The University of Leeds is a key partner of Sport Leeds; the district activity partnership for the city. We work collaboratively alongside the other Sport Leeds partners towards the shared vision to make Leeds the most active big city in England, by making sport and physical activity accessible for everyone.

Supporting events such as the Leeds Sports awards cements our commitment to this vision and our partnership with the city.

 

New Year, new Varsity series

3 male cross country runners

Leeds Varsity is back. Our 9th annual Cross Country Varsity kick started the 2018 series and saw each university claim a point in the race for the title.

Each January we take on local rivals Leeds Beckett in our first Varsity event of the year. With two separate races, a 9.5km male race, and a 6.2km female race, there are a total of 2 points up for grabs. Over the years the event has seen some impressive names compete for those all-important Varsity points; Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Gordon Benson, Non Stanford and Tom Bishop to name a few.

Women's cross country team gather for team photo in a field

Similar to parkrun Varsity, students, staff, alumni and members of the public are welcomed to take part in this event with the top six female  and top twelve male students then gaining points for their respective universities.

This year it was Leeds Beckett (LBU) Women who came out on top in the first race of the day. Helen Warburton of LBU crossed the line in first postion, closely followed by Beth Garland from UoL Cross Country.

ross Country Varsity

Over in the men’s event it was the Leeds Gryphons who claimed the overall men’s title with Sam Dickinson, Josh Woodcock-Shaw and Nathan Marsh taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions respectively, however Alex Lee of LBU secured the top spot.

 

The University of Leeds Cross Country coach, Greg Hull said:

“It’s always great to kick-off the Varsity series with the cross country races, seeing not just our students, but staff and members of the public taking part in an inevitably great event. Both teams put in a fantastic effort on the day and the women weren’t far away from making it a 2 point lead. Thanks to everyone who ran, set up the course, the officials and spectators for braving the cold winds and mud to help us put on a great event and also raise £190 for Hope Pastures Charity

Well done to everyone who was involved in the day. Head to the Varsity website or follow the Varsity Facebook and Twitter to find out more about the series. Up next will be American Football Varsity so keep a look out for more information.