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American Football

About the club

Leeds Beckett University’s American Football club are officially in the top three university American Football teams in the UK and were crowned Division One National champions in 2017.

Last season the squad competed in the BUCS Northern Premiership – a fierce competition which pits the top five university teams in the UK against each other in their bid to be crowned champions.

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Dale Bottomley – Head Coach

Dale is a former player and alumni of Leeds Beckett and founded the Leeds Academy of American football in 2013 – which now has over 100 5-19 year olds in the squad.

A two-time British Coach of the Year Award winner, Dale has changed Beckett’s fortunes around in his 18 months in charge taking them to National Championship contenders.

Dale also represents the sport on the league committee (BUCS) and educates coaches and teachers year-round.

For more information about playing American Football at Leeds Beckett contact Dale by email d.bottomley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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Strength and conditioning, film review and rehab sessions form a large part of the training programme at Beckett as well as high-tempo on-field sessions.

We also have an excellent range of training facilities available including a designated astro-turf hockey pitch for the club, as well as:

Headingley Campus facilities:

  • New and improved gym
  • Strength & conditioning suite
  • Dedicated strength & conditioning coach
  • Swimming pool
  • Squash courts
  • Dedicated sports halls and arena
  • Athletics track
  • Soccer pitches
  • Rugby pitches
  • 3G pitches
  • All-weather pitches
  • Les Mills Fitness Classes

City Campus

  • Gym
  • Fitness suite

The team’s mantra is ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence’.

The team expects all players to strive to reach their full potential whilst studying at Leeds Beckett.

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AM
(PRE-10AM)
PM
(POST 6PM)
MONDAY

REHAB + RECOVERY

POOL/GYM

TUESDAY INDIVIDUAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SESSION

PRACTICE/GAME FILM REVIEW

ON-FIELD PRACTICE

WEDNESDAY TEAM STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SESSION
THURSDAY TEAM STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SESSION

 

FRIDAY

PRACTICE/
GAME FILM REVIEW

ON-FIELD PRACTICE

SATURDAY ON-FIELD PRACTICE
SUNDAY PRIMING SESSION

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The Leeds Beckett University American football programme is comprehensive, with opportunities available for student athletes to coach the younger teams and work within local schools. Many students have developed their coaching skills through this along with attending courses delivered on campus and in the local region.

The team has developed strong links with coaches in the USA and Europe and there are opportunities for athletes to use these to further their American football playing experiences.

We understand that to breed success players must be treated as individuals and their programmes will incorporate; coaching, strength & conditioning sessions, analysis, and physiotherapy. The programme’s motto is: ‘The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence’ – we expect every student-athlete to join us fully in this endeavour.

Plus Icon Injury treatment

Leeds Beckett University has a free Injury Clinic at our Headingley Campus - giving students the experience they need for massage and injury treatment under supervision from qualified staff (only available during term times)

There are also various physio clinics in Leeds but we generally use Coach House Sports Physiotherapy Clinic (Alison Rose’s clinic physio to Kelly Holmes and Jessica Ennis)


Plus points

  • High quality indoor and outdoor facilities
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