Sports Facilities

The University runs a variety of sports facilities on and off campus. Below is a short explanation of what facilities there are available but for more information check out the website:

The Edge Sports Centre
  • Café
  • Indoor Halls
  • Dance Studios
  • 25m Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • Classes/Courses
  • Squash Courts
  • Climbing Wall


The Gryphon Sports Centre
  • Squash Courts
  • Sports Hall
Cromer Terrace Gym
  • Dance Studio
  • Evolution sand dressed hockey pitch
  • Sand dressed hockey pitch
  • 3G rubber crumb football pitch
  • 6 x 5 a side/tennis courts
  • Test match standard cricket pitches
  • 26 x grass pitches for a variety of activities, including American Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Rounders, Lacrosse, Football and Rugby
  • Bar and BBQ facilities
  • Pavilion with dining/meeting room facilities


Outdoor Centre
Two Outdoor Centres to hire at a cost:
  • Selside, North Yorkshire
  • Dalehead, Lake District


All bookings go through Helen McDonald (, whether the Edge, Weetwood or the Outdoor Centres. For groups that have a block booking, training requests need to be submitted to your Development Coordinator in May and you will be notified of your bookings.
If you want a one off booking you can go directly to Caroline to make these arrangements.
Booking Events
Sport and Physical Activity (SPA) have hosted a wide variety of Student events at The Edge, Cromer Terrace and Gryphon Sports facilities on Campus and at Weetwood Sports Park. These range from informal Society social events through to Inter University competitions and tournaments.
To find out more about the vast range of facilities we have to offer, please visit their website at
Our facilities are available for Student Clubs and Societies to book and we are always happy to discuss the feasibility of your ideas to help you turn these into a successful event.
All registered LUU Clubs and Societies are eligible for a 50% discount (this applies to Club/Society bookings and not to individuals). A price list can be found on our website.
If you have an idea for an event, your first point of contact is the SPA Bookings Administrator, Helen McDonald. You can contact Caroline at or on 0113 3439150. She will be happy to discuss your event and to look at availability and feasibility.
You will need to consider the following in planning your event:
  • What activities do you plan to do?
  • Where would you like to hold this?
  • When would you like to hold this- are you flexible with dates?
  • Are people going to want to eat at your event?
  • How many people will attend?
  • Will you need to borrow any equipment?
  • Where will people be coming from (e.g. will it involve students from other Universities?)
  • How will people be arriving?
The more time in advance you start to plan, the more likely there will be availability. SPA would not normally consider hosting a large event if less than one month's notice is given.
Once we have established that your event can take place, there is a checklist you will need to work through and you must ensure the following steps have been taken in order for your event to take place:
  • A risk assessment for your event has been completed- this is a working document that shows you have considered the safety of your event, and how you are going to reduce the risks of accidents happening. This needs to be sent to SPA at least one month in advance of your event taking place.
  • Any risk assessments/insurance documents from any external companies you may be using have been produced-you may be hiring equipment/ using instructors from outside the University, and we will need evidence that their qualifications, equipment and procedures are safe and insured.
  • A meeting between your Club/Society, the SPA Bookings Administrator and your Development Coordinator- A member of Operational Staff at SPA may also be present to talk about your plans and how we can make your event a success. This will need to take place at least a month before your event.
  • A deposit may be required- This acts as a "good behaviour" bond and will be returned providing our terms and conditions are met throughout your event. This is decided on a case by case basis, and will reflect the scale and size of your event. You will need to consider how you will make sure that all your participants comply with our terms and conditions; peer management can be quite tricky sometimes, especially if they are coming from other Universities!
Once your event is finalised, you will get a confirmation letter and SPA will send an invoice to your Club/Society via Your Development Coordinator. Your invoice will usually be sent at the end of the month that the event takes place, unless you would like us to send this before.
There are a variety of membership packages available for the Sport facilities, whether you want gym, sports hall or swimming pool.
If your group uses a University sport facility, irrespective if it is Weetwood or a Sports Centre, each member needs to have a suitable Sports User Card or pay entrance at the reception on arrival.
Those groups that use the swimming pool and climbing wall as a block booking, only need to pay the basic Sports User membership and you will gain entry to those facilities, but only at the time of your block booking session.
Intramural Sport (IM sport) is a huge programme of weekly recreational sport within the University. The programme is great for groups of friends, halls, departments and clubs to enjoy playing in a friendly, fun and competitive arena with and against fellow students. Open to all abilities, there are sports to suit all.
Visit and click on the intramural tab for more details
The LEEDS Gryphons Performance Programme aims to develop top-class sports clubs and individuals studying at the University of Leeds.
The 3-way partnership between the University, Leeds University Union and each sports club work together to support our athletes by creating a professional sporting environment that is conducive to sporting excellence.
Currently ranked as one of the top 15 sporting Universities in the UK based on BUCS rankings, the University of Leeds has ambitions to become a top-10 sporting institution.
For the latest news and information follow the Gryphons on twitter @leedsgryphon
Booking outdoor Centres
The University has 2 Outdoor Centres that are available for group hire throughout the year. University of Leeds student and staff groups can enjoy discounted rates at either facility.
Dalehead, is located in the beautiful surroundings of the Duddon Valley in the Lake District. It sleeps up to 36 people, and would appeal to the more adventurous of groups.
We are expecting some refurbishments in the near future to the facility, but groups can currently expect a truly rustic experience, going back to basics in this remote Mountain hut.
Activities in the area include walking and mountain biking.
Selside is located near the town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. Selside has a few more modern amenities than Dalehead, and sleeps up to 23 people. It is in an ideal situation for groups wanting to experience the three peaks challenge.
Activities in the area include Caving, walking, biking and kayaking. For more information on the two facilities, including availability and a price list please visit our website at:
To make a booking, we require an initial £25 non refundable deposit, and the remaining balance for the visit is due 6 weeks before the booking. In addition, we ask for a £100 bond cheque, which we do not cash, unless there are any damages or cleaning we need to attend to after your visit.
Prices vary according to the time of year and duration of your stay.
If you are interested in making a booking at one of our Outdoor facilities, please contact the Sport and Physical Activity Department by email at
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