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31 May 2020



Varsity 2019

Leeds Varsity is the biggest sports competition in the university calendar and will see over 60 Leeds Beckett sports teams compete across two days of sports action. The competition will kick-off on Tuesday 1 October with Leeds Beckett’s netball and hockey teams before the rest of our teams compete on Wednesday 2 October as part of the Leeds Varsity Festival. The event will culminate with the traditional Rugby Finale at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Wednesday 2 October , which will see both men’s and women’s teams compete for the first time ever in front of 10,000 students.

We did it! The trophy is back at home. Great effort all round but the Beckett Bears take it this year.

Varsity champions 2019



A new athletics Talent Hub is now up and running at Leeds Beckett University (LBU) to support the next generation of talented athletes, their coaches and the wider club community.

British Athletics and England Athletics have worked with LBU, London Marathon Events and the Talented Athlete and Scholarship Scheme (TASS) to provide a new performance pathway for athletes that sees LBU and the University of Birmingham as the chosen Talent Hub venues.

England Athletics is hosting a series of free webinars, starting Monday 1 June, tailored to athletes, parents, coaches and club contacts who want to find out more about the Talent Hub scheme. Visit the England Athletics website  to view the webinar schedule and register for free.

The Leeds Beckett University Talent Hub will offer three strands of support to young athletes including: a Youth Talent programme aimed at 16-18 year olds, Performance Scholarships aimed at over 18’s, linked to Leeds Beckett University, and a Senior Programme for athletes over 19, who have been nominated as part of a National Governing Body programme or b...

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England Women’s rugby league star Leah Burke and tennis ace Clay Crawford topped the bill for this year’s Leeds Beckett sports awards, which saw the university’s sports stars honoured in an online awards ceremony on Carnegie Sport’s Instagram page.

Leah was one of two high profile sports students to claim the top individual awards, as she was crowned the Leeds Beckett Sportswoman of the Year, while Clay was awarded the Sportsman of the Year award.

Last autumn saw Leah make her international debut for England. She featured in their inaugural Nines World Cup campaign and two match Test Series in Papua New Guinea, before returning to action for the university’s women’s rugby union team.

Clay also enjoyed an incredible campaign, winning most of his BUCS tennis games and competing against top level players on the LTA Circuit.

LBU swimmer Alicia Rose Hartley was named the Sports Personality of the Year by her peers, with over 300 students voting online for their winner.

In the club categories, the Carnegie Cheerleading Competition squad received the Performance Club of the Year award, while Carnegie Dance were awarded the Participation Club of the Year award.

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Leeds Beckett University has teamed up with a host of prestigious international sporting bodies to support the development of youth sport coaches across the world.

iCoachKids – a not-for-profit project co-led by Leeds Beckett and the International Council for Coaching Excellence – has formed five new official partnerships with: British Cycling, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), World Rugby, Special Olympics, and the Leaders Development Institute (LDI) in Saudi Arabia.

The new partnerships will see iCoachKids collaborate with each organisation, sharing research and expertise and delivering new projects and education resources to develop sport coaches and others who work with children.

Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial, Director of iCoachKids and Reader in Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett, explained: “Although we started as an EU-based project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme, iCoachKids has since grown into a global movement with presence across five continents.

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This year’s Leeds Beckett University (LBU) Sports Awards, which celebrate the success of student sport, will now take place as an online event from Monday 25th May. 

The original event, scheduled to take place on the 29 April at Leeds United’s Elland Road Pavilion, was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The outbreak also cut short many teams’ sports seasons, with the BUCS finals events being cancelled due to the lockdown. However, despite an abrupt end to the knockout competitions, LBU’s sports stars enjoyed a successful year representing the university, and some representing their countries, with distinction.

The Athletic Union office have worked hard to move the event online, with the awards panel reviewing over 200 nominations ahead of the shortlist.

The winner of each category will be announced from noon on Monday 25 May on the Carnegie Sport Twitter and Carnegie Sport Instagram pages

The awards will also include the John ‘Tat’s’ Harkins Unsung Hero Award, which is awarde...

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A Leeds Beckett academic has teamed up with the International Basketball Foundation (FIBA) to help children keep active at home during lockdown.

Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial, Reader in Sport Coaching in the Carnegie School of Sport, is creating a series of Basketball At Home videos, to inspire families to learn new skills all within the boundaries of their own homes.

Dr Lara-Bercial explained: “At a time when children are enjoying limited time outside and no physical interaction with their friends, it is so important we find ways to engage them in play at home.

“Play is a great motivator for learning as well as a great way to promote the development of physical, cognitive and social skills.”

The videos are a collaboration between FIBA and iCoachKids – an Erasmus+ co-funded project, led by Dr Lara-Bercial and the International Council for Coaching Excellence.

Around 40 videos are planned and the first nine are now available on FIBA’s YouTube channel.Read more