Get Out, Get Active Summer Programme

The Get Out, Get Active Team have launched their Summer Programme this week. There are a wide range of lunch time sessions to entice you away from your desk and help you get active this summer. From gentle walks and yoga, to more energetic spin and bootcamp classes, there is something for everyone!

Sessions are free for Edge members and only a £1 to non-members so it won’t break the bank to get your exercise fix.


Sports Colours Awards 2016

group of hockey club on the stage

On Wednesday 27th April, a wealth of Leeds Sport participants came together to celebrate a fantastic year of sporting achievements. The Sports Colours Awards dinner was a fabulous evening, just one of many nights that made up the over arching celebrate week, topped by the Friday night grand finale; The Riley’s.

The evening began with a cleverly written, witty speech from Activities officer Piers Cottee-Jones who hosted the evening alongside Sports Rep Jamie Guy. This was closely followed by the first awards of the evening, Club Colours, presented by Student Activities Manager, Geoff Banks and Full Colours, by Sports Development Coordinator and BUCS guru, Eamonn Laird. These are awarded to individuals who have gone above and beyond for their society or who have consistently performed highly for their team. This year there were a phenomenal 98 Club Colours awarded showing the fantastic commitment of Leeds Sport club members. There were also a huge 42 Full Colours awarded highlighting the talent of the athletes here at the University.

Before breaking for a wonderful meal provided by the refectory, attendees were treated to a sensational performance by Lucy and Chris, the 5 year strong, award winning duo from Dancesport. The performance set a fantastic tone to the evening and showcased the talent amongst our dancers here at Leeds.


The Sports Colours Awards evening also allowed Leeds Sport to celebrate its strength and depth of Sport Scholars whom it supports throughout their time at University. This includes Gillian Finnerty who picked up BUCS gold this year and Kim Daybell who has been selected for the Rio Paralympics, to name but a few.

Following these celebrations, we awarded this years White Rose and Gryphon Award winners who again have excelled either through commitment to their club or their performing excellence respectively. This years White Rose winners were:

  • Joshua Irish (Ice Hockey)
  • Karyna Nadyrshyna (Dancesport)
  • Alex Gunn (Football)
  • Laura Kennea (Hockey)
  • Mara West (Women’s Cricket)
  • Rhoslyn Roebuck Williams (Women’s Cricket)
  • Callum Craven (Boxing)
  • Ruan Shah (Men’s Hockey)
  • Hazel Cox (Women’s Rugby)
  • Charlie Harbord (Men’s Rugby Union)
  • Gaby Noe (Women’s Football)
  • Aidan Radford (Judo)

And our Gryphon Award winners, with their award presented by none other than George the Gryphon (pictured below), were:

  • Serena Mida (Women’s Badminton)
  • Amber Brennan (Karate)
  • Oliver Thornton (Karate)
  • Richie Wilebore (Kickboxing)
  • Beatrice Skingsley  (Netball)
  • Megan Clark (Netball)
  • Christian Davies  (Men’s Cricket)
  • Caitlin Baty (Lacrosse)


This lead in to our top 9 awards for the evening beginning with 2 new awards; Social League Team of the Year which was awarded to Sports Science Netball, and Official of the year, awarded to Josephine Paul. The next two rewarded our coaches for their hard work to get the teams to where they are. This years Sue Jacklin Club Coach of the Year went to Karate’s Oliver Thornton (pictures below) who has even put his own competing on the back foot to coach his team mates. Our Mike Brook Performance Coach of the Year went to Rugby Union’s head coach Mark Luffman who has lead the Rugby Union first team to their first season in the premier league without entering relegation playoffs and has helped to improve the ethos and attitude of players within the club.


Most Improved Athlete of the Year was awarded to Karate’s Amber Brennan who took up Karate since joining University and in just over 2 years of training has attained her 3rd kyu brown belt and claimed gold in the BUCS National Karate championships in the Intermediate Female Kata. On top of this, she has been selected to represent England at the upcoming WUKF World Karate Championships in Dublin in June.

The Chris Hatton Most Improved Team of the Year went to the Swimming Development Squad (pictured below) who have had a fantastic season competing and holding their own against the top universities whose squads are packed with current and future Olympians.


This year’s Roberts Athlete of the year award went to Triathlon’s Gordon Benson, one of the Universities Sports Scholars (pictured below alongside Assistant Head of Sport Patrick Craig) who is currently in competition for a place at the Rio Olympics alongside Leeds alumni Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee.


Triathlon also received this years Team of the Year award following their fantastic season picking up a large array of individual and team medals in both the BUCS Biathlon and BUCS Sprint Traithlon events.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Sir Allan Langlands took to the stage to present the final and most hotly anticipated award of the evening, Club of the Year. This years winner, Women’s Hockey, sent in a stand out nomination excelling in all criteria for the award. The 24 strong club committee efficiently manages 8 teams and uses its strength in numbers to boast as a leading society for charity fundraising having raised £12,000 last year. They have created their own website and more recently a phone app and have been heavily involved with getting involved in the community. Congratulations ladies on a well deserved award!


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.

Weetwood Euro’s 2016

Sport Science come out on top at Weetwood Euro’s

2016 will see the UEFA European Football Championships take place in France this summer. On Friday the 6th May Sports Park Weetwood hosted our very own Euro’s with 12 teams entering to compete for this years winners title.

The first round were tightly fought with many teams qualifying for the second round unbeaten. The top 4 teams of rounds 1 and 2 made it through to the semi finals which were fiercely contested with tempers nearly bubbling over.

France took 3rd place despite a scoring error nearly sending them home early (instead of England), which left Sweden and Wales battling it out for 1st and 2nd. Sweden, made up of Sports Science members, became well deserved winners beating Wales on penalties, having won every match and only conceding one goal throughout the entire tournament.

“We’ve had a great day and I’m proud of the team for winning all our matches. Our one blip on the day was conceding the only goal!”

Sports Science captain, Alex


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:

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:

Sports Colours Awards

Netball team receiveing club of the year award

Following a fantastic year of sporting success, Leeds Sport are excited to announce the ticket launch for the prestigious annual event; The Sports Colours Awards.

This is the evening where our students step out of their tracksuits and into black tie to celebrate the success of all of our Leeds Sport participants throughout the year. This includes our Leeds Gryphon athletes, sports coaches, officials and all the volunteers that make sport possible at The University of Leeds.

“There have been some fantastic achievements throughout the year which are cause for a celebration; Sports Scholar Kim Daybell has been selected for the Rio Paralympics, 3 teams picked up BUCS Trophy medals (a gold and two silvers) and there have been 2 individual gold’s and 2 silver’s at BUCS nationals. We’ve continued to dominate in all triathlon activity claiming all 3 top spots in the BUCS Biathlon. As well as having two alumni; Alistair and Jonny Brownlee pre-selected for Rio 2016, and it’s likely to be an all Leeds affair with current student Gordon Benson and alumnus Tom Bishop looking very strong for the 3rd spot.

In our Social Leagues, Sport Science claimed an impressive, if not unsurprising, double as both football and netball won their leagues in semester one. We’ve also seen the great new Uni Girls Can campaign launched and 9 students selected to represent the University in South Africa through our Gryphons Abroad programme.

This year has also seen some incredibly adverse weather conditions that have pushed our resources to the limits and it is testament to the work of both students, staff and the local community that sport has managed to keep its head above the water!”

Activities officer Piers Cottee-Jones

The event will take place on the evening of Wednesday the 27th April as part of Leeds University Union Celebrate week.

To find out who has been nominated for the awards and to purchase your tickets click here!

Women In Sport: Taking On The World

5 panel members laughing and one talking

The Uni Girls Can team have hosted two brilliant events, bringing 5 inspirational women to the University of Leeds.

Coinciding with Leeds University Unions International Women’s Week the Uni Girls Can team welcomed staff, students and the local community to join their interactive panel discussion and introductory boxing class.

The women’s only introduction to boxing session was delivered by European silver medallist, Stacey Copeland. Places were in high demand and sold out in just one hour, with 50 people on the waiting list. The session was fun, energetic and provided a basic introduction to the technical sport of boxing. Stacey is very passionate about her sport and the journey she has taken in a male dominated arena. This energy and enthusiasm contributed to making for a fantastic session enjoyed by everyone.

women in a boxing lesson smiling

Stacey then joined fellow panellists, Non Stanford- World Champion Triathlete, Alison Rose- Physiotherapist to top athletes including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Emily Freeman- 200m champion and Sarah Speers- Head Synchro Swimming Coach for Leeds, for an honest and insightful panel discussion on topics such as women’s media coverage, the school system, barriers to participation and much more!

It was clear from all of the panellists that their childhood and parents or grandparents were key influencers in getting them into sport. There was strong opinion that generally the way the media represents and discusses female sports women is more focused on how they look rather than what they have achieved e.g. do the Williams sisters look too masculine? Or what did they wear to the Sports Personality Awards?

There was a strong sense from the panel of the importance of women championing other women, be that encouraging each other to participate or buying tickets to watch women’s sports.

When the audience was asked how many of them had watched either a live women’s sports game or viewed it on TV in the last 6 months 70% had and the panel agreed that the BBC and other media should show women’s sport and treat it as the norm because the population would support it.

It was a very insightful evening and a pleasure to be joined by such inspirational women from a range of professions within sport. Both the panel and the audience could have kept talking for hours!

Due to the clear demand for women’s sessions like this, the Uni Girls Can team are aiming to get Stacey back for another boxing lesson after Easter. Watch out for more information on the Uni Girls Can Facebook page and webpage.


GO TRI Leeds Aquathlon

Swimmers in the water smiling

Have a go at swimming and running in one fun event!

With no time pressure, lots of supportive volunteers and free swimming caps for all participants our Get Out, Get Active Aquathlon is perfect for anyone wanting to give multi-sport events a go.


*Please note booking has now closed for this event*

Date: Sunday 13th March
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Cost: £5 + free swimming cap
Location: The Edge Swimming Pool and running loop around the University of Leeds Campus

We have two distances available so you can choose whichever suits you:

GO TRI Sprint

  • Swim distance- 200m
  • Run distance- 3 km

GO TRI Mini Sprint

  • Swim distance- 100m
  • Run distance- 1.2km

Still Undecided?

If you’re still unsure if our GO TRI event is for you then read Louise’s story of her first attempt at a similar event and how she overcame her nerves on the GO TRI website.

Swimming & Running Sessions

We run weekly swimming and running sessions open for everyone to take part in which could help you get ready for the GO TRI Leeds Aquathlon. Take a look at what’s available on the Get Out, Get Active webpage.

If you have any questions then please get in touch with Ben Witz (Sports Development Officer) via email: or call 0113 380 1430. 

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 for more information.

Do Something Life-changing

A team of 3 staff and 11 students have been chosen to lead the life-changing Gryphons Abroad project in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region of South Africa which will raise student aspirations through education and increase student access to education.

One of the exciting projects the team will undertake is increasing the number of girls who have access to education. To achieve this the team aim to take a bike each to South Africa to give to a student. Some students are expected to complete jobs at home such as making the breakfast and dinner meaning they do not have the time to walk hours to school and back each day. Having a bike will considerably reduce the time it takes for these students to get to school meaning they will be able to attend and access education as well as doing their jobs at home.

We need your help!

If you have any old adult bikes that you no longer need then please donate them in January:

  • Needed: Adult mountain bikes and hybrid bikes (no Road bikes please)
  • When: 11th January – 12th Febraury, 12 – 1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Where: You can donate bikes at Cromer Terrace Studios 

In order to get all the resources the team need for this project and ship everything to South Africa they also need to raise over £30,000 in just 5 months. The team have already kick started their fundraising with a 12 hour Spin-a-thon and donations from ticket sales of guest speaker Sean Conway have a current total of around £500.
There is still a long way to go but keep a look out for some exciting events happening soon!

For more information please contact the project lead, Any Lockwood: