Social Sport at the University of Leeds

Be part of more than just a game. Join hundreds of students and staff taking part in our fun social sport programme.

  • 40 weeks of social sport played per academic year
  • 95 hours of social sport played per semester
  • 94 social league teams per semester
  • 714 players per semester
  • Played at three different sport locations using more than six different courts/pitches

Here at the University of Leeds we offer a varied social sport programme, with the chance to participate in both social leagues or the more relaxed “turn up and play” sessions. Currently, over 700 students and staff take part in social sport and it is a wonderful way to be involved in non-competitive sports both on campus at The Edge or at one of our many other fantastic sports facilities including Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington Playing Fields, the home of the world class Brownlee Cycle Circuit.

Currently, we have a partnership with the FA (Football Association) and BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) which provides support and funding for our social sports programme.

Rachel Harrison, Social Sport and Coach Education Coordinator said;

“Social Sport at the University of Leeds is a wonderful programme for both students and staff. It’s a fantastic opportunity to take part in a sport you love or to try something new, alongside friends both old and new. Social sport offers you the chance to have fun and friendly competition, whilst experiencing the pride and passion of team sports”.

Social Leagues

Leagues are run on a semester-to-semester basis, culminating in play-off games at the end of each semester to decide the overall winner. At the end of the year, the final winner of the play-offs get the opportunity to represent the University of Leeds against rivals Leeds Beckett in the Social Varsity tournament in May.

There are five social league programmes available to take part in;

  1. 5-a-side football (un-officiated, male and female)
  2. 5-a-side football (officiated, male)
  3. 7-a-side football (officiated, male)
  4. 11-a-side football (male)
  5. 7-a-side netball (male and female)

Each social league team needs a captain and they are treated in the same way as any other club captain. By taking on this role, students learn vital leadership skills and gain confidence which puts them in a great position for life after University.

Turn Up and Play

The general social sessions (often referred to as “turn up and play”) require no weekly commitment and players can partake as often as they like, fitting sessions around their University timetables and social lives. They are aimed at everyone, no matter your age, gender or ability and are a great chance to have fun and blow off some steam.

If you are interested in playing social sport at the University of Leeds, or simply want to find out more, please take a look the information on our website