Become a Gryphon

Become a Gryphon

Leeds is “The Home of the Gryphons” and becoming a Gryphon is simple, all you need to do is get involved in sport!

We have a huge amount of opportunities for you to get involved in sport from joining a club and representing the University, becoming a coach, volunteering at our numerous events or simply supporting the LEEDS Gryphons Sports Clubs!  From the players, to the coaches, to the volunteers and to all your friends and supporters, everyone is invited to be part of our community and be a gryphon.

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Leeds / Bradford MCCU win the Universities Challenge title.

MCCU Cricket
  • University of Leeds Cricket Scholars guide Leeds/Bradford MCCU to victory at Lords
  • Five of the Leeds/Bradford MCC team are Cricket Scholars at the University of Leeds

University of Leeds Cricket Scholars took 6 wickets and scored 66 runs as Leeds/Bradford MCC won the Universities Challenge title at Lords.

Captained by Cricket Scholar Christian Davis, Leeds/Bradford MCC batted first and set a challenging 366 run total for Cardiff to chase down. Including 135 runs for Billy Root, the younger brother of Englands Joe Root. Cardiff went into bat and were all out for 249, with Harry Rouse claiming 3 wickets for 36, Joe Ellis-Grewal 2 wickets and George Scott 1 wicket.

Five of the Leeds/Bradford MCC team are Cricket Scholars at the University of Leeds;

  • Henry Thompson – Studying Classical Civilisation
  • Christian Davis – Studying BA Economics and Geography
  • George Scott – Studying BA Geography
  • Harry Rouse – Studying History and Philosophy of Science and History of Art
  • Joe Ellis-Grewal – Studying Masters in Global Development

The students are supported through the scholarship programme and receive free access to the sports facilities, free physiotherapy, massage and strength and conditioning as well as an academic advisor to help them balance their academic studies with their sporting commitments.

The University of Leeds is a key partner of the Leeds/Bradford MCCU (University Centres of Cricketing Excellence), allowing talented young cricketers to further their academic education whilst still receiving an unrivalled level of cricket coaching and competitive match play.

The University employs Andrew Lawson as the full time Director of Cricket for the programme and Sports Park Weetwood is the host centre with it’s first class cricket pitch.

The scheme has previously hosted current professional cricketers such as Harry Gurney, Louis Reece, Daniel Hodgson, Steve Patterson plus many more.

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.

Benson wins European Gold

Benson Win Gold

University of Leeds Sports Scholar Gordon Benson has won Britain’s first gold at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan this weekend.

Benson who is in his third year at the University studying Nutrition (BSc) won the triathlon event with a time of 1.48.31. He lead during the cycling phase with help from British team-mates Tom Bishop (University of Leeds Alumnus) and Philip Graves, and went on to break away during the 10km run and finish in the top position. His victory has earned him a European gold medal and Great Britain a place in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Gordon has been an Elite Sports Scholar throughout his time at University supported by funding from Patrick Way QC (University of Leeds Alumnus). This scholarship provides a comprehensive support package as well as funding towards competition costs. Gordon’s academic liaison officer has helped him to balance academic studies with training, and supported negotiations allowing Gordon to split his final year into two so he can focus on Rio 2016 qualification.

Gordon Benson- Headshot1

 “I am delighted for Gordon, this result is a testament to his hard work, dedication and commitment to his sport. He is a fantastic ambassador for the University and the sport, I’m sure this will be just one of many fantastic performances that he will achieve in the forthcoming years.”

Rob wadsworth: Head of Sport at the University of Leeds.

Take a look at Gordon’s athlete profile on the British Triathlon website including his recent race results.

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.

Gryphons Student Sport Conference 2015


The first Student Sport Conference at the University of Leeds will be held on Thursday the 24th September.


The conference aims to inspire students to reach their potential through sport and will have 3 key themes;


  • Reaching Your Potential-Workshops in this theme will focus on performance sport and how to develop performance both individually and in your clubs.


  • Health and Wellbeing – Workshops in this theme will focus on participation and how students can get involved in physical activity at the University. This will include talks on This Girl Can and Get Out, Get Active.


  • Broadening Skills and Horizons – Workshops in this theme will focus on the role sport can play on personal development and employability. This will include practical activities linked to volunteering and community work.


The conference is open to all students studying at the University of Leeds and is FREE of charge.


Register Your Interest

To register your interest and to receive more information about the conference please complete the online form.

Morgan named as co-captain

Captain Morgan

University of Leeds Sports Scholar Jacob Morgan has been named as co-captain of the English Universities Rugby League team.

Jacob will take on the captaincy role along with teammate Blake Mahovic for the Associations Cup campaign starting tomorrow against Great Britain Police at Stanningley.The decision was made following feedback from the squad and discussions amongst the management team with the aim of creating a strong leadership group. Jacob Morgan

Keep up to date on the Universities Rugby League Website.

University of Leeds leads home nation snooker team to a win


Daniel Womersley has made history by being the first student to retain the University home nations snooker tournament individual title in Belfast.

Local lad Dan has captained the England University Student team to consecutive wins in the home nation’s tournament for the past two years.

The recent success of the University of Leeds snooker team winning the team championships at BUCS with Dan coming runner up in the individual event was a great boost going into the home nation’s tournament, in which it was a close final with the hosts Northern Ireland.

The management student will be graduating this year and hopes to make it professionally as a snooker player.

‘These high profile tournaments have been a great experience for me and have been so much fun whilst I have been at University. It has been a privilege to have been captain for the past two years.’