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Reopening information

Reopening our facilities

We’re getting ready to welcome you back.

We can’t wait to welcome you back, to help plan for your visit we have provided more information about our reopening below.

Keeping you safe

We’ve made some changes to keep you safe whilst visiting our facilities

“Staying active and taking care of yourself and your wellbeing is more important than ever right now.

We are thrilled to have you back at our facilities and have put a number of safety procedures in place to keep everyone safe. We have a diverse sport & physical activity programme for you to enjoy, whether you want to play outdoor sport, train in the 25m pool or join a class, we have something for everyone.”

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport & Physical Activity

Facility updates

Find out the status of each of our facilities with regards to their planned reopening.

Latest reopening update

Our latest customer update is available at sport.leeds.ac.uk/coronavirus

The Edge

  • We’re delighted to have reopened on the 7th September, and from the 28th September we have returned to full opening hours.
  • Gym, swimming, classes and squash is now available to book. Swimming Lessons will return on the 2nd November.
  • Sports Halls will reopen on the 12th October with limited availability, bookings can be made by email and phone to the Edge reception.
  • We are working towards reopening the Climbing Wall on the 5th October and will confirm for customers nearer the time-specific details, including what sessions are available and how you can book.
  • In the initial reopening phase you won’t be able to use changing rooms, lockers, or showers apart from in the swimming pool changing area where you will have access to the cubicles and lockers. More information about what to expect on your visit is available on our FAQs below.
  • From the 7th September car parking outside The Edge will return to normal for customers.

Planning your visit

You will need to book your activity before visiting The Edge. Information on how to book is available on our updates page, and we have also produced a guide on how to register and make your booking. Before your visit please check out our FAQs below for information on what you will need to do and what to expect on your visit. On arrival at the facility, a member of staff will check your booking.

Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington Playing Fields

Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington Playing Fields have now started to gradually reopen on a phased approach, this is to ensure we safely reopen and manage capacity levels to keep our customers safe and enable to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We are working to guidance from the University, the government and the national governing bodies for the return of each respective sport.

  • For existing bookings, we will be contacting customers individually when we are able to reintroduce your booking, and we have started this process of communicating to customers, with some elite clubs returning successfully already to the facilities.
  • If you would like to enquire about a new booking please get in touch by visiting our contact us page.

Bodington Cycle Circuit is due to reopen on a phased approach from the 21 September, with public pay and pedal available to book from 28 September. To book please make a booking enquiry via our website. Alternatively, you can call reception on 0113 3431222 or 0113 3430631.

Planning your visit

You will need to make a booking prior to visiting Sports Park Weetwood or Bodington. Booking can be done in the normal way, you can find our details on the contact us page.  We will then be able to provide more information about your specific booking.

Edge Membership

We’ve added even more to our membership offer!

  • Workouts from home

    Coming soon! Workout from home using our new app with live-streamed classes from The Edge and our on-demand content. In the meantime, check out our Your Home, Your Move hub.
  • Free for members

    We will have free sessions for Edge members at Bodington Cycle Circuit and you can also book a free personal training consultation.

General Facility Questions

The health and safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority.

What we are doing to keep you safe and active:

Facility and activity bookings

To help us safely manage capacities and following government guidelines, we will require booking for all activities, including the fitness suite and the swimming pool at The Edge.

We will provide further details of how to book online for The Edge, and we are taking steps to make this as easy as possible for our customers.

All activity at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington will require bookings as normal, this will also apply to the pay and pedal sessions on the cycle circuit. Due to this we will be asking customers not to visit our facilities without a booking to help keep everyone safe. Bookings for Sport Park Weetwood and Bodington can be made via the usual channels on our contact us page.

One-way systems and social distancing

To help keep customers a safe distance from others there will be one-way systems in place, and signage to indicate direction of travel. We will also be reducing occupancy levels in line with guidance within each area of our facility.

New cleaning protocols

We have enhanced cleaning protocols which follow the latest advice from the relevant authorities. This includes increased frequencies, scheduled cleans after each activity where required and the purchasing of new equipment to support the new cleaning protocols.  Additionally, designated cleaning stations will allow you to clean down equipment after use where required, ready for the next user.

Sanitising stations 

Hand sanitising stations and equipment cleaning stations for customers will be available to use throughout the facilities.

 

Changing rooms and toilets

We will follow the latest guidance on the opening of our changing rooms when we reopen each facility. On reopening of all facilities toilets and sinks will be available for use, however, in the first phase of opening there will be no changing facilities, lockers or access to showers. However, if using the swimming pool at The Edge you will be allocated a cubicle and locker prior to entering the pool, which will then be cleaned after each use.

Protective Equipment

On receptions we will have protective screens, and staff will be issued with protective equipment where required.  We are following the University guidance on face coverings, which must be worn in all indoor communal areas on campus, for example, main public corridors and communal toilets. Face coverings can be removed once in the area for your pre-booked activity, for example, once you have entered the fitness suite, exercise studio or when leaving your cubicle ahead of entering the swimming pool area.

Further support

On your visit our colleagues will be on hand throughout the building if you have any questions or need any support. We will also share further guidance and information for your visit prior to us reopening and when you make your booking.

There will also be things you will need do to do help keep everyone safe, including:

  • Pre-book your visit in advance
  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms
  • Be kind and patient to each other and to our staff
  • Keep a safe distance when in our facilities and avoid congregating with others in the facilities and stay within your household or bubble.
  • Follow instructions and one-way systems
  • Wash your hands regularly and use the sanitising stations
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use by using the self-cleaning stations
  • After your session is over leave the facility as soon as you are able to
  • Arrive ready in your kit where possible

To help us safely manage capacities and following government guidelines, we will require booking for all activities, including the fitness suite and the swimming pool at The Edge. Due to this, we will be asking members not to visit our facilities without a booking to help keep everyone safe. At this time we are currently looking at how we can facilitate bookings for pay-as-you-go and 12-for-10 swim customers.

Booking at The Edge

You can book your session here. Information on how to book for members is available on our updates page, and we have also produced a guide on how to register and make your booking. Before your visit please check out our FAQs below for information on what you will need to do and what to expect on your visit. On arrival at the facility, a member of staff will check your booking.

Bookings at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington

All activity at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington will require bookings as normal, this now also applies to the pay and pedal sessions on the cycle circuit. Bookings for Sport Park Weetwood and Bodington can be made via the usual channels on our contact us page.

Your visit to The Edge

No, to help us safely manage capacities and following government guidelines, we will require booking for all activities and visits to The Edge, including the fitness suite and the swimming pool.

If you would like to enquire about booking a tour please contact our Membership Team.

We will shortly provide a link on this page for you to book an appointment to activate your membership if you have a monthly membership. Annual memberships will be activated automatically.

We will automatically unfreeze all current memberships from 28th September once we revert to full opening hours. However, you can request to unfreeze from the 7th September when we reopen with reduced opening hours by clicking here. Please note that during reduced opening hours, Edge Club members will be able to use the facilities at any time of day, subject to booking.

Monthly Members  For our monthly members, your memberships have remained frozen since the 1st of April 2020. We will automatically unfreeze all current memberships from 28th September once we revert to full opening hours. However, you can request to unfreeze from the 7th September when we reopen with reduced opening hours by filling out this form Your first monthly direct debit will be taken on the 1st October as normal. Staff paying via payroll will make this payment from their payslip at the end of October.  If you are unable to make use of your membership, for example, you are not back on campus yet, we are continuing to offer the option to freeze your membership. To do this you just need to complete the freeze request form before the 7th September to stop your October payment being taken.  

Annual Members – Your membership will be extended by 6 months and automatically restarted on the 28th September once we revert to full opening hours. However, you can request to unfreeze from the 7th September when we reopen with reduced opening hours by filling out this form  If your membership was due to expire since we closed in March, your membership will automatically be extended by 6 months from your original end date and it will be reactivated from the 7th September, however, it will be frozen from the 7th – 28th September unless we hear from you. If you are unable to make use of your membership, for example, you are not back on campus yet, we are continuing to offer the option to freeze your membership. To do this you just need to complete the freeze request form. This will then freeze and extend your membership, in addition to the 6 months extension from the close period.  If you have any questions regarding membership, please do get in touch with us at edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk

For more information please see our full FAQs

Annual memberships will be activated automatically each day, if you are trying to book a session and require your annual membership activating just call 0113 343 5095 or email edgereception@leeds.ac.uk

Monthly members will need to book an activation appointment in order to complete your membership, you can do this at calendly.com/edgemembershipservices. Please don’t visit the facilities without a booking to help us manage capacities within the building. On your visit please bring cash or card to pay your pro-rata payment, and your bank account details to set up your Direct Debit payments.

Before using the pool you will need to make a booking prior to your arrival. Our latest swimming pool timetable will be available here. This is subject to change but in the initial re-opening phase, there will be lane swimming only. When you book it will be for a 60-minute session, you will need to arrive on time and leave only at the end of your 60-minute session. This is so we can manage capacities in the changing village at the start and end of a session. You must be a competent and confident swimmer to use the swimming pool.

What you need to bring:

Please bring your booking confirmation. Your usual swimwear is fine, however, please be aware that no communal swimming aids will be available. Additionally, costume driers and vanity units will be cordoned off so please be prepared for this. No communal equipment such as hairdryers will be available for use during your visit.

We are following the University guidance on face coverings, which must be worn in all indoor communal areas on campus, for example, main public corridors and communal toilets. Face coverings can be removed once in the area for your pre-booked activity, for example, when leaving your cubicle ahead of entering the swimming pool area.

On your visit:

You will need to arrive and leave at the allocated time to allow us to clean the facilities before the next bookings arrive. Capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing can be maintained in the pool and the changing room village. On arrival you will be allocated a cubicle and locker. Lockers will be allocated on arrival, meaning you will not be allocated a locker band that has been used by another person. Staff will disinfect all locker bands between sessions.

When you enter the changing village you will be required to follow the one-way system that has been put in place. A cubicle will be assigned to you which you must use to help us space out customers as much as possible. Everyone will have allocated arrival times which will ensure we are able to manage the flow of traffic safely & effectively.At the end of your session please wipe down the surfaces in your cubicle and leave the facility as soon as you are able to so that we can prepare for the next set of customers.

Please note: The sauna and the steam room are currently closed until further notice.

How we clean the swimming pool area after your visit:

The swimming pool area, and its touch points are cleaned using chlorine between each session to sanitise the area. The changing area and all touch points will be cleaned between each session. The pool area and the changing rooms are also fully deep cleaned each night.

Before using the fitness suite you will need to make a booking prior to your arrival, these will be available in 90 minute sessions.

What you need to bring:

Please bring your booking confirmation and arrive in your kit ready to workout. In the initial reopening phase you won’t be able to use changing rooms, lockers or showers before or after your use of the fitness suite. Please bring a small bag only with you, such as a drawstring gym bag as we cannot store larger bags.

Please do not bring a towel to the gym to help reduce contact with the equipment, cleaning stations will be provided to help clean the equipment following each use. To help reduce contact with the water fountains, please bring a pre-filled water bottle.

We are following the University guidance on face coverings, which must be worn in all indoor communal areas on campus, for example, main public corridors and communal toilets. Face coverings can be removed once in the area for your pre-booked activity, for example, once you have entered the fitness suite.

On your visit:

You will need to arrive and leave at the allocated time to allow us to clean the facilities before the next bookings arrive. When you arrive in the facility please be ready in your kit, changing rooms and showers will not be available in the first phase of reopening.

Capacity has been reduced and some machines will be out of use to ensure social distancing can be maintained. There will be a new overflow space in sports hall 2 available to book to accommodate people due to the reduced capacity. There will also be zones on the matted areas to ensure social distancing remains, and a one-way system around the facility. Certain items of equipment will be taken out of use such as mats and foam rollers

We will also provide cleaning stations around the fitness suite, to allow you to clean the equipment after your use so that is ready for the next customer. Water fountains will be available to fill water bottles, but please pre-fill water bottles where possible to reduce contact with water fountains. Please do not drink directly from the water fountains.

How we clean the Fitness Suite:

We have enhanced cleaning protocols in place which follow the latest advice from the relevant authorities. Customers will be advised to sanitize equipment before and after use but there will be a formal clean after each 90 minute session using a fogging machine.

Before attending a class you will need to make a booking prior to your arrival. We are working to provide as wide of a variety classes as possible and we will publish our latest class timetable closer to reopening, in addition we will also be providing live classes with instructors from The Edge.

What you need to bring:

Please bring your booking confirmation and arrive in your kit ready to workout. Please bring your own exercise mat if you would like to use one. In the initial reopening phase, you won’t be able to use changing rooms, lockers or showers before or after your use of the fitness suite. To help reduce contact with the water fountains, please bring a a pre-filled water bottle. Please bring a small bag only with you, such as a drawstring gym bag as we cannot store larger bags.

We are following the University guidance on face coverings, which must be worn in all indoor communal areas on campus, for example, main public corridors and communal toilets. Face coverings can be removed once in the area for your pre-booked activity, for example, once you have entered the exercise studio.

On your visit:

When you arrive your booking will be checked at reception. You will need to arrive and leave at the allocated time to allow us to clean the facilities before the next bookings arrive.

Capacities in classes will be reduced to allow social distancing to be maintained, and individual spaces will be marked on the floors of the studio to define your workout area.

Your booking will indicate where your class is taking place, please follow the one-way system and social distancing guidelines to your booking location.

Please note: Sports Hall 2 will be used as an overflow class space, whilst Studio 1 will not be available in the initial reopening phase.

How we clean the class studios:

Customers will be advised to wipe down any equipment before/ after use. There will be a 30 minute break after each class where we will clean the equipment with a fogging machine ahead of the next session. Some items of equipment won’t be available.

Squash Courts will reopen on the 28th September.

Before attending a session in the squash court you will need to make a booking prior to your arrival.

What you need to bring:

Please bring your booking confirmation and arrive in your kit ready to workout.

We are following the University guidance on face coverings, which must be worn in all indoor communal areas on campus, for example, main public corridors and communal toilets. Face coverings can be removed once in the area for your pre-booked activity, for example, once you have entered the squash court .

In the initial reopening phase, you won’t be able to use changing rooms, lockers or showers before or after your use of the fitness suite. To help reduce contact with the water fountains, please bring a pre-filled water bottle.

On your visit:

Squash and badminton will be available when the facilities reopen, however, only one squash court will be available for use to allow us to maintain social distancing in our facilities. We have reduced capacity for these activities and cleaning will be completed following each booking. The one-way system for the building allows for social distancing when accessing the courts.

Sports Halls

From the 12th October there will be limited bookings available in our sports halls, these can be made via the Edge Reception by phone 0113 343 5095 or by email edgereception@leeds.ac.uk.

We are working towards reopening the Climbing Wall on the 5th October and will confirm for customers nearer the time-specific details on our reopening webpage, including what sessions are available and how you can book.

To enquire about personal training sessions on reopening please contact edgefitness@leeds.ac.uk.  More information about our personal training is available here.

We can’t wait to welcome you back and restart our swimming lesson programme again, however, it is important when doing this we ensure the safe return for you and our colleagues.

As part of our phased approach to reopening we plan to restart swimming lessons from the 2nd November, this includes one-to-one lessons.

Your credits will remain frozen until lessons start again and will be valid to use on any future lessons you book with us.

This phased approach is important to ensure that the safety of our users is maintained, and our priority is to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and customers. Our approach has been based on government and industry guidance and we aim to adopt best practice whilst considering operational implications to ensure the safe return of our swimming lesson programme.

We will update you closer to the return of swimming lessons with what you will need to do in our to begin your lessons again. To speak to a member of the aquatics team please email swimminglessons@leeds.ac.uk.

We are currently looking at ways we can safely manage booking for pay as you go members and we will confirm when bookings will be available. This also applies to any 12-for-1o books of swim tickets.

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