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  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!

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: 

Gryphons Abroad 12 Hour Spin-a-thon

The Edge News

On Monday 30th November, the Gryphons Abroad team are going to be running a Spin-a-thon event at The Edge to raise awareness and funds for the life changing programme that they will be delivering in one of the least privileged areas of South Africa during June 2016.

The Spin-a-thon will be a 12 hour event running from 8am until 8pm, taking place in the café area in The Edge. Bikes will be manned for half hour slots by staff, the gryphons abroad team and are also open to members of The Edge! Sign up for a half hour slot at The Edge reception or just come along on the day to show your support to the team and this fantastic cause! A little background information on the programme itself can be found below:


In June 2016, a team of 11 University of Leeds students travel to South Africa to work on the inaugural Gryphons Abroad programme. The team will travel with three members of the Leeds Sport team to deliver life changing programmes to the people of Zulu Natal and also at home in the Leeds Area. This brand new programme aims to develop and deliver an innovative and sustainable programme that inspires and motivates change in young people and communities both in Leeds and South Africa through sport, learning and leadership.

The plan is to deliver a mix of sport and education in two different areas of Zulu Natal based on the needs of each local community and the strengths of the staff and students delivering.

Working together with St Mary’s Menston School and the Bambisanani Partnership this new programme will work alongside the programmes that are already established.

Inspiring through Education

The first part of our project trip will be concerned with the delivery of a Mini Gryphon Degree in a local Primary School. Working alongside our student volunteers we will plan and prepare a mini degree programme linked to the strengths of our student team.

We will deliver a wide range of educational lessons alongside a sporting programme to a chosen cohort of students over a five day spell. The final day will include a Mini Degree presentation and a sports day.

Cycling to Success

The second part of our project trip will be concerned with the delivery of a Learn to Cycle programme in a rural secondary school. Working alongside our student volunteers we will plan and prepare a Learn to Cycle programme to deliver to South African learners and to South African teachers.

Over the course of five days we will show learners how to ride and maintain their bikes to enable them to get better access to education and their wider community.

Part of this programme back in the UK will be to source and deliver bicycles to the school in South Africa.

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