21 November 2019



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



Leeds Beckett University’s BUCS Super Rugby team claimed a dominant 52-26 win at home against the University of Bath in their latest league fixture.

The team bounced back from a last minute defeat to Exeter last week with an emphatic victory over Bath that has moved them up to fourth in the league table.

Leeds Beckett University raced into an early 14-0 lead in the opening quarter through two quick-fire tries from back row star Nick Brown and centre Charlie Venables.

The two tries looked to be an early sign of dominance for LBU, but Bath managed to strike twice with two rare opportunities at the LBU line to reduce the deficit at half time, 21-12.

After a rousing half time team talk, and last week’s late defeat vividly in the team’s minds, LBU came out with a renewed attitude in the second half.

An early try from winger William Lewin sparked an onslaught by LBU which saw prop Jide Ajayi cross as well as further tries from Dixon and a hat-trick from Brown cement LBU’s 52-26 victory.

Leeds Beckett University will now turn their sights to Loughborough in next week’s game. Lo...

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Leeds Beckett University graduates Alex Bell, David Stone, Kadeena Cox, Laura Weightman and Tom Bosworth and LBU coaches Andi Drake and Andy Henderson have received nominations for the 2020 Leeds Sports Awards.

Sportswoman of the Year nominees

LBU graduates and Team GB athletes Laura Weightman and Alex Bell have both been nominated for the Sportswoman award.

Laura is nominated after a successful season saw her claim seventh in the women’s 5000 metre IAAF World Championships final in Doha and secure an all-time top 25 time for the mile of 04:17:60.

Alex’s achievements this year saw her claim her first sub two-minute 800 metre run and finish fifth in the IAAF World Championships semi-final.

Alex and Laura have been nominated alongside cyclists Lizzie Deignan and Katy Marchant, county cricketer Katie Levick, GB triathlete Jess Learmonth, WBO flyweight champion boxer Nicola Adams, GB diver Lois Toulson and Leeds Rhinos’ Courtney Hill.

Sportsman of the Year nominees

Team GB race walking star Tom Bosworth has been nominated for the award alongside an illustrious list of sportsmen in Leeds.

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First year Sports Business Management student Alex Osifo will represent Nigeria in the Athlete Factory International Rugby Sevens this weekend.

The competition, taking place in Chester, will see Alex’s team compete against rival nations including USA, South Africa and England. It will be the second time Alex has represented his nation, having previously played for Nigeria’s Exiles.

Alex has impressed since joining Leeds Beckett University in September, having scored five tries in six appearances for the university’s rugby team.  

Alex said: “I can’t wait to test myself against world class opponents in the sevens. The sevens format suits my game style as a winger, and I am excited about getting out there and playing.”

LBU’s rugby development coach Harrison Marshall said: “It’s great to have a player like Alex in the squad and to see him work hard and progress through our ranks.

“As a first year student he has already made a good impression and for him to be given an opportunity like this is something both he and Leeds Beckett Un...

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Leeds Beckett University students and alumni are set to test themselves against the best players in the world in their upcoming international rugby league fixtures.

Betfred Super League Grand Final winner Alex Walmsley headlines the elite list of players set to compete this autumn, with his inclusion in the 26-man Great Britain squad.

The GB Lions are returning to international duty after a 12 year hiatus.

The team’s return will see them tour Australasia, competing against other nations such as Papua New Guinea and Tonga alongside their three Test match series against New Zealand.


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Leeds Beckett University’s female and male rugby teams will headline Leeds Varsity for the first time, with both teams set to compete at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Both captains sat down for an exclusive Q&A with the Leeds Varsity media team to discuss their highly anticipated fixtures.

Hannah Walton, Leeds Beckett University Women’s First Team captain


How excited are the team for your first ever Varsity Finale?

We’re really looking forward to it. There is a great vibe around training, we’re getting a fair few players involved and turning up to training so it looks like it’s going to be a good season for us.

We have just got to make sure we retain that Varsity trophy again because we don’t want to experience defeat again this year, once was enough!

What is the mood like in camp?

The feeling is good, everybody is looking forward to the game. We have g...

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