Lifeguard team success!

The lifeguard team from The Edge recently competed in the IQL UK & CIMSPA Lifeguard Triathlon,  an event which tests theory, swimming ability and CPR.

A key objective for both IQL UK and CIMSPA is to help raise organisational standards by providing the framework and opportunities for staff to undertake continual professional development and “aim higher” than simple job competence. The triathlon is a fabulous opportunity for lifeguards to showcase their skills and knowledge and reward those who excel at both a local and national level.

In 2014 the team competed and came 20th and this year saw an even better result where they came 15th out of a total of 53 facilities. Full results can be found here.

Gemma Smales (Duty Manager) who leads the lifeguard training said:

“The team have really been engaged and worked hard in training over the past year so its nice to see their efforts pay off”

A massive well done to the team. All swimmers are in save hands here at The Edge



Sports Park Weetwood nominated for two awards

groundsmanship awards

The finalists have been announced for the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2015 and the University of Leeds, Sports Park Weetwood has been shortlisted for two awards.

Now in its seventh year, the awards event acknowledges the high standards achieved by volunteer and professional teams as well as individuals at facilities ranging from grassroots to professional stadia level.

The awards’ judging process recognises achievement, innovation and fresh thinking as well as examples of best practice from the leaders in the world of groundsmanship.

Independent judging at each venue will now take place and the winners will be announced Oscar-style at the IOG Industry Awards dinner on Wednesday 4 November.

The categories we have been nominated in are:

  • Ransomes Jacobsen Environmental Project/Innovation of the Year
    University of Leeds and St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffs.
  • Souters Sports Independent School/University Sports Ground Team of the Year
    University of Leeds, St Peter’s School, York, and Whitgift School, Croydon.

Customer First Award

Customer First

We are delighted to announce that Sport & Physical Activity as part of Commercial Services has achieved the Customer First Standard which it has held since 2011.

This is a reflection of our efforts as a service to put the customer at the heart of what we do and deliver a first-class customer experience.

Customer First is the national standard which assesses and recognises excellence in meeting customer expectations on a consistent and regular basis. The process to achieve Customer First recognition is rigorous, however, Sport & Physical Activity proved that it is providing high levels of customer service by maintaining compliance against all 32 standards covering Customer Relationships, Market Awareness and People Management.

The Assessor noted a number of areas of good practice, including our commitment to market research, customer consultation and feedback. The assessor stated:

Throughout the Commercial Services teams there is strong evidence that the customer is firmly at the heart of all strategic and operational discussions’’

Success at Sustainability Awards 2015

Sustainability Awards

Sport & Physical Activity have been successful at the recent Sustainability Awards being recognised through green Initiative and our community work.

Platinum Green Initiative Award – We achieved the highest award possible for our sustainable approach to how we work and operate our service. Examples of what we have done this year include investing in new state of the art ARTIS Technogym equipment which actually generates energy! As well as recycling our old conference mats from the sports halls by donating them to a church in Newcastle. 

Church Newcastle Mats


Being a Positive Partner in Society Award- We were highly commended for our work in the community particularly through school swimming lessons and the Leeds Hockey partnership which delivered the schools ‘Quicksticks’ competition at SportsPark Weetwood.

hockey stix 2 hockey stix 1


Congratulations and thank you to all staff who have contributed towards these fantastic achievements! 

Top 5 Ranking for University Sports Facilities

The Edge

As part of the recent Times Higher Student Experience Survey Leeds has achieved a fantastic joint fifth place in the ‘Good Sporting Facilities’ category, a result which has been retained for the fourth year in a row due to the continuous investment and development of the sporting facilities and experience at here at Leeds.


Sport & Physical Activity service at University of Leeds is committed to inspiring students through an exceptional experience and over the past year alone over 2 million has been invested into facilities such as the£1.2m refurbishment of The Edge. This included an extension to the fitness suite and brand new state-of-the-art fitness equipment which has made it one of the largest gyms in the country. A brand new £1m boat house was also opened in September with room for 50 boats and indoor training and changing areas which has given the University boat club a home and increased engagement with the local community.


Find out more about the Times Higher Student Experience Survey online.