Leeds Varsity parkrun, be a part of the series

Leeds Varsity are excited to announce that following last years success, Varsity parkrun is back for 2017.

If you’ve always wanted to be involved with the greatest sporting event in the university calendar, you can! So how does it work?

Each runner and volunteer will score a point for their University, the University with the most points wins parkrun Varsity.

When? Saturday 30th September, 8.30am

Where? Woodhouse Moor

How? Register with parkrun then simply turn up on the Saturday morning wearing your University colours to take part. Staff, students and alumni are welcome. parkrun is a 5km run which you can take as slow or as fast as you like. If you are keen to get involved but can’t run, don’t worry, you can volunteer for your University and you’ll still count towards your universities total. There will be 3 funnels after you’ve finished, you simply need to make your way down the funnel allocated to your University and hand in your token.

Who wins? You will only score a point for your university if you register and wear your University colours. The University with the most participants (runners and volunteers) will be the parkrun Varsity champions!

Helpful Information for on the day

  • Register beforehand
  • Print off and bring your barcode
  • Leave bags and coats at the finish line not the start line
  • Get to the start line for 8:50am
  • Please listen carefully during the run briefing
  • It’s a run not a race, you’re an ambassador for your university. Please be considerate to other runners and park users
  • Wear your university’s colours, GREEN for Uni, PURPLE for Beckett.
  • Try to seed yourself on how fast you think you’ll be able to complete the run
  • Cross the finish line the third time it comes into sight
  • After crossing the finish line stay in order until given a finish token
  • Get your barcode and finish token scanned at your University-specific scanning station

Leeds Varsity – Social Leagues

On Wednesday 11th May our best Social League sides will take on Leeds Beckett University in the annual Social Leagues Varsity. We’ve won Varsity for 4 of the past 5 years and our teams are ready to make that 5 wins!

Leeds Beckett University are hosing this year so come along and cheer on our teams from 12pm.



  • Team: Sports Science
  • Time: 2 – 4pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: Blue Hall

O2 Touch Rugby

  • Time: 12 – 1pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: 3G Pitch

Hockey (5 a-side)

  • Team: Physoc
  • Time: 1 – 2pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: Hockey Pitch

Football (5-a-side)

  • Team: Leodons
  • Time: 12 – 1pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: MUGA

Football (7-a-side)

  • Team:F.K Akademicheskii Slav Soc
  • Time: 1 – 2pm
  • Location: Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus: 3G Pitch

Keep up to date with all the action by following us on Twitter.

Varsity – Up and coming

Cricket T20 Varsity

Head down to Sports Park Weetwood on Friday 6th May to support your women’s and men’s cricket teams as they take on Leeds Beckett in the next round of the 2016 Varsity series.

The women’s game will begin at 2pm, followed by the men’s at 5pm. Both games will be a 20-20 format and don’t worry if you’re unsure of the rules, we’ll have announcements throughout the event to keep you up to speed with the score. Refreshments will be available to purchase but please refrain from bringing your own food and drinks to the facility. The event is free to attend.

Social League

This year’s Social League Varsity will take place on Wednesday 11th May. Winners of this years social leagues will represent the University across an array of sports including 7-aside and 5-aside Football, Hockey, Netball and new this year, Touch Rugby.

Leeds Beckett will be hosting the event but our University of Leeds representatives enter as favourites after a last year’s victory.

Rugby League

The hotly anticipated Rugby League Varsity on Thursday 12th May! See the University of Leeds Rugby league boys take on Leeds Beckett, followed by the Leeds Rhinos vs Castleford Tigers.

The Varsity game will kick off at 5.30pm at Headingley Carnegie Stadium before the Leeds Rhinos game at 8pm. Finish the night off at Stylus for our very own after party.

Tickets cost just £15 and include access to both games, a drink in the stadium and your after party ticket.


Keep a look out on our Varsity social medial channels for the build up to the events @LeedsVarsity16 and ‘Leeds Varsity – Uni Fans’

Summer Sport

Group of men posing with trophy

Get involved in some summer sport with our annual Weetwood 7 a-side Football Competition and the Whiddington Cup Cricket Competition.

Weetwood Euros Men’s 7 a-side

Get a team together and spend the day playing football at Sports Park Weetwood, can you be crowned Euros Champions?

Date: Friday 6th May
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Sports Park Weetwood 3G Pitch
Cost: £10 per team
Enter: Entry form available from Kathryn Ambrose: kathrynlambrose@hotmail.co.uk

Whiddington Cup Cricket (mixed)

This is your chance to play on the county standard cricket pitch at Sports Park Weetwood with your friends. Who will take home the Whiddington Cup this year?

Date: Wednesday 25th May
Time: 9-5pm
Location: Sports Park Weetwood Pitch 1
Cost: £20 per team (cricket teas included)
Enter: Email Emma Mackenzie-Hogg: e.mackenzie-hogg@leeds.ac.uk

Sport Science FC Win Social League Finals!

Sport science football team

Sport Science FC have been crowned the champions of 11 a-side Social League Football after a convincing win in the semester one final. Sport Science FC fought hard against their opposition Maths, managing to keep their lead and come away with a 5-1 win.

This was the first time Sport Science FC have been in the Social Leagues finals, captain Alex Stewart was ecstatic with his teams success;

“Everyone is delighted. We came really close last year so it’s very satisfying to go one better and fulfil others’ high expectations – which arise from us being a ‘sporty’ course. Beating teams with far greater resources is always pleasing, and we aim to further improve on the high standards we have set in this coming semester.”

The game took place at Sports Park Weetwood on the 3G, referee James Atkinson watched over proceedings with the help of linesmen Andy Jepson and Nathan Churchill.

At the end of semseter two Sport Science FC will play-off against the semester two winners to decide who will have the honour of representing the University of Leeds in the annual Intra Mural Varsity against Leeds Beckett University in May.

If you’re interested in Social Leagues and want to start your own team then check out the webpages here or contact Emma Mackenzie-Hogg on e.mackenzie-hogg@leeds.ac.uk for more information.