Bodington Playing Fields

Bodington Playing Fields had a £5m investment in 2017 to create world class sports facilities. It is home to The Brownlee Centre which is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre and sits alongside our new 1 mile (1.6km) Bodington cycle circuit, one of the longest in the country.

Alongside the cycling and triathlon facilities, there are a large number of sports pitches which are regularly used by students who are part of our Leeds Gryphons Sports Clubs and Social League Teams as well as staff members and the local community. Bodington Playing Fields are located just three miles north of the main University of Leeds campus and compliment the nearby Sports Park Weetwood.

Bodington Cycle Circuit

Our 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit is one of the longest in the country, providing a safe traffic free environment for cyclists of all abilities.

There are a number of ways to use the facility; through your local club or school or simply by attending one of our Pay and Pedal sessions. Find out more about how you can get involved below.

Facility CLOSED Saturday 18th August sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Facility CLOSED Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th August sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Facility CLOSED Saturday 1st September sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Find out more about…

British Cycling Summer Camp

For children new to cycling these sessions will develop a range of core cycling and bike handling techniques. For further information and to register please go to the online page via the links below.

10:00am – 14:00pm 

HSBC UK Ready Set Ride-along with BBC TV’s Helen Skelton 

Monday 20th August

Families with young children are invited to the HSBC UK Ready Set Ride-along event at The Brownlee Centre with former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and trainers from British Cycling. Using the HSBC UK and British Cycling Ready Set Ride tools, you will learn fun and easy games to help your child ride a bike. Kids aged 18 months to 8 years are welcome to attend with their grownups. We will have bikes, balance bikes, and helmets for you to borrow. The two hour event starts at 10am. Please RSVP here: http://po.st/LeedsRideAlong or email readysetride@britishcycling.org.uk

Brownlee Foundation

The Brownlee Foundation weekly bike and run sessions are now finished for the Summer but will be starting up again from 5th September.

Sessions are open to all children aged 8 to 14

Sessions are delivered by qualified coaches

£5 per session

To book or for more information please contact the Brownlee Foundation by phoning 07878 187 742 OR email them on contact@thebrownleefoundation.org

Or you can visit their website by clicking here

Even Splits 5km Run

Wednesday 15th August

19:00 – 21:00

Lets Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 26th August

12:00 – 14:00

BIATHLON 1 DAY COURSE

Sunday 2nd September

09:45 – 16:00

See website for details

Lets Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 9th September

12:00 – 14:00

GO TRI Hyde Park Harriers

Saturday 22nd September

12:00 – 14:00

Lets Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 23rd September

12:00 – 14:00

Even Splits 5km Run

Wednesday 26th September

19:00 – 21:00

Lets Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 14th October

12:00 – 14:00

Even Splits 5km Run

Wednesday 24th October

19:00 – 21:00

Lets Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 28th October

12:00 – 14:00

 Pay and Pedal

Our Pay and Pedal sessions are open to all individuals who would like to come and have a go on the cycle circuit, there is no need to book you can just turn up during the Pay and Pedal session times. These sessions are open to all abilities of cyclists who want to practice their cycling skills or just spend time on their bike in our safe cycling environment.

Bring your own bikes or hire one from us

*Please note that the bottom oval of the Cycle Circuit may be CLOSED off until 4pm throughout August, Monday – Friday. The whole of the circuit should be back in use after 4pm during this time.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused with this slight change

There will be no Pay and Pedal on these dates due to bank holiday and facility closure:

27th August

28th August

1st September

Pay and Pedal timetable (sessions subject to change)
Tuesday 14th August*15:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 15th August*15:00 – 18:00
Thursday 16th August*15:00 – 18:00
Friday 17th AugustNO SESSION
Saturday 18th AugustCLOSED
Sunday 19th August14:00 – 17:00

Our Pay and Pedal Sessions will now be varying each week. We will update the website with the dates and times on a weekly basis.

Breeze Rides (Women and Girls 16+ only)

Working with British Cycling, our Breeze rides are open to women and girls who want to ride for fun, get fit and improve their cycling skills. These sessions will be facilitated by a team of local Breeze ride leaders who will answer questions, provide guidance and help you make the most of your time on the circuit.

Breeze Ride sessions timetable
Every Monday (Except Bank Holidays)18:00 – 19:00

Let’s Ride Pop-Up

The University is working in partnership with British Cycling to host a pilot of the Let’s Ride Pop-Up. Whether you want to ride for fun or fitness, this free monthly pop-up event gives you the chance to ride a traffic-free cycle circuit as many times as you want, at a pace that suits you. The event is open to all ages and abilities and the circuit is easy to ride, with volunteers on hand throughout, ensuring peace of mind and safety for all cyclists.

For those wanting to take things up a gear, British Cycling Go-Ride coaches will also be available to help you improve your cycling skills, and local Ride Leaders and Breeze Champions will be there on the day to tell you more about other cycling opportunities in Leeds with HSBC UK Guided Rides and HSBC UK Breeze.

As part of these sessions, participants will be able to access our fleet of bikes which include 15 adult bikes and 16 children’s bikes, 6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles.

Sunday 26th August12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 9th September12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 23rd September12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 14th October12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 28th October12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 11th November12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 25th November12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 9th December12:00 – 14:00

GO TRI

A seven-week programme followed by a GO TRI Event in week eight for people that who would like to take their first steps into triathlon but don’t know where to start.

The programme will be delivered by a qualified triathlon coach who will teach you all the skills you need to complete a GO TRI Event in a fun and relaxed environment.

We will post any new dates for GO TRI here once we have them.

Disability Hub

The University is working in partnership with British Cycling to host a new disability hub for the region, which will provide dedicated para-cycling coaching session for riders who want to keep fit, have fun and improve their performance. The sessions, led by British Cycling Go-Ride coaches and supported by local volunteers, help riders to achieve a variety of goals; whether this is to get into a new sport, improve fitness and confidence on a bike, rehabilitation from injury or to train for a competition.

As part of these sessions, participants will be able to access our fleet of adapted bikes which include 6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles

Disability Hub timetable
Sunday 22nd July10:00 – 12:00
Sunday 19th August10:00 – 12:00
Sunday 23rd September10:00 – 12:00
Sunday 28th October10:00 – 12:00
Sunday 25th November10:00 – 12:00

Local Clubs

The cycle circuit will host 5 local cycling clubs who run their own weekly training programmes for their members, both adults and juniors. For more information about each club please visit their respective websites:

The circuit will also hold regular activity for Leeds Bradford Tri Club and the Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club who will use the facility for roller-ski training.

Local club timetable
Every Monday
(Except Bank Holidays)
Mix of all the clubs
19:00 – 20:30
Every Tuesday
(Leeds Mercury)
19:00 – 20:30
Every Thursday
(Alba Rosa)
19:00 – 20:30

Schools

Our school cycling programmes are designed to provide curriculum focus cycling / triathlon activity for primary and secondary school children. Through these programmes schools can tailor the sessions to their needs to include circuit hire, a qualified British Cycling / British Triathlon coach, bikes and helmets. For further information, please contact our Brownlee Centre staff: bodcyclingbookings@leeds.ac.uk

School Packages
Hire of Cycle Circuit + Equipment£50 p/h
Hire of Cycle Circuit, Equipment* + One Qualified Coach (Upto 16 Participants)£75 p/h
Hire of Cycle Circuit, Equipment* + Two Qualified Coaches (Over 16 Participants)£100 p/h

*Bikes Available

8 x HOY Meadowmill 24 Inch Cyclocross Bikes

8 x HOY Meadowmill 26 Inch Cyclocross Bikes

5 x HOY Aomori Small Road Bikes

Hiring The Cycle Circuit

The cycle circuit is open year-round for external group hire including cycling events, duathlons, running events, corporate team building activities and private training sessions. For more information and to make an enquiry please complete the online booking form.

Bodington junior parkrun

It is a 2km run for juniors only (4-14 year olds).

It is held every Sunday at 9:00am

It is a free event and parents are more then welcome to run/jog or walk with their children

Click here for more information

Price list

The cycle circuit has a range of booking options to suit everybody. Take a look at our price list below and then make a booking.

Individuals

  • Adult
    £5.00
  • Child
    £2.50
  • University of Leeds Staff/Student
    £4.00
  • The Edge Member
    £0.00
    included as member benefit
  • The Edge, Sports Pass Holder
    £3.50

Bike Hire

  • Adult
    £6.00
  • Child
    £5.00
  • Adapted Bike
    £6.00
  • Helmet Hire
    £2.50

Packages

  • Adult Pay and Pedal
    £10.00
    with Bike and Helmet Hire
  • Child Pay and Pedal
    £6.50
    with Bike and Helmet Hire
  • 1 Adult and up to 3 Children
    £15
    1 Adult and upto 3 Children

    Pay and Pedal inc bike hire

  • 2 Adults and upto 6 Children
    £20
    2 Adults and upto 6 Children

    Pay and Pedal inc bike hire

Groups

Full Circuit Hire

  • NGB Affiliated Club
    £45/hr
  • Non NGB Affiliated Club
    £50/Hr
  • School
    £50/Hr
  • Commercial Business
    On request

Room hire

Hire out the social space at the Brownlee Centre

  • Room Rate (up to 4 hours)
    £10/Hr
  • Room Rate (over 4 hrs)
    £50 (day rate)
  • Refreshments
    £2.50 per head
    Coffee, tea, squash and biscuits

Conditions of use

In order to safely use the Cycle Circuit at Bodington Playing Fields, you must adhere to the Conditions of Use.

Cycle Circuit Safety and Conditions of Use

  1. Any people using this facility do so at their own risk.
  2. Cycle sessions are not supervised by the University of Leeds.
  3. In an emergency, call security on 0113 343 2222 and request immediate assistance.
  4. The University of Leeds takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to any equipment at the facility.
  5. It is the responsibility of the rider to ensure that his or her bike is fit for purpose.
  6. Helmets must be worn at all times and must conform to a recognised safety standard (helmets are available for hire, please see price list).
  7. Always enter the circuit via the gates, look left and look right before entering.
  8. Circuit users must travel in an anti-clockwise direction, keeping left.
  9. Always check over your shoulder before overtaking or leaving the circuit.
  10. When overtaking, pass with at least one arm’s length.
  11. Food cannot be consumed on the circuit. Please use bins provided for disposing of litter.
  12. Use of the facility whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not permitted.
  13. No motorcycles allowed on the circuit.
  14. Please report any damage, broken glass or debris to reception.

The Brownlee Centre

The Brownlee Centre is named after Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, two of the most successful triathletes of their time and two of the University of Leeds’ most successful sporting alumni. The Brownlee Centre is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre and is the permanent home for the world leading Leeds Triathlon Centre, of which the University of Leeds is a key partner. You can find out more about Triathlon at The University of Leeds on our Triathlon webpage.

The Brownlee Centre boasts 14 changing rooms for users of all the facilities at Bodington Playing Fields alongside a new top floor social space with meeting room and balcony.

This facility has been created in partnership with British Cycling, British Triathlon, Sport England and UK Sport.

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Sports Pitches

The Bodington Playing Fields have numerous sports pitches which are regularly used by University staff and students as well as local community clubs.

Pitches for the following activities are available:

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee

If you would like to enquire about booking a pitch then please contact spwwbookings@leeds.ac.uk

Corporate Events

If you are looking for a location to hold a corporate event such as a team building day then we would be happy to help. We have a large indoor meeting space as well as plenty of outdoor space for group activities. Catering can also be provided and the facilities are easily accessible, located  just off the ring road in North Leeds. Complete our online booking form to make an enquiry.

Booking Enquiry

If you would like to hire the whole cycle circuit please fill in the form below and our team will be in touch with you shortly. Alternatively, you can call reception on 0113 3431222 or 0113 3430631.

Fields marked with an * are required

If you are interested in making a regular block booking with the facility please email bodcyclingbookings@leeds.ac.uk or call 0113 343 1222 and we can advise as to availability.

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