Leeds University Rugby League is a high performance sports society where students have the opportunity to develop both their fitness and skills all whilst being a part of a welcoming team environment. The club has a proud history as it was the UK’s inaugural University Rugby League team, establishing the game at the University level.
The Leeds University Rugby League Club is dedicated to ensure that you, as a student, have the most enjoyable experience during the time you are here to study. The club is determined to be as professional and successful as possible whilst on the field of play, however still as friendly and welcoming off it. Being a team sport we engage in plenty of team building activities on and off the pitch to grow together as a group!
Based in Yorkshire, the home of Rugby League, our society currently compete weekly against other clubs throughout the UK in the BUCS leagues and tournaments. In addition to this we also play against other non-university clubs and even national teams! Our first team play the BUCS Northern premier division, arguably the hardest division in University Rugby League. The second team will play in the BUCS Northern 2B division, a new league that has merged a few divisions together, ensuring there will be a tough and competitive season ahead.
We set ourselves apart as a club due to our combination of good fun at training and flexibility to accommodate the demands of everyone’s degree programme along with high quality training delivered by our excellent coaching staff. This ensures that all players enjoy being members without ever feeling pressure to choose between their sport or their study, whilst also developing as individual players and as members of the team.
The club welcomes all players, of all abilities and backgrounds to join our club.
Past Season (2017/18)
Both teams cemented their positions in their division and secured a place for this upcoming season. The first team came 4th in the Northern Premier division and the second team came 3rd in the Northern 3B division.
The first game of the season for the first team was against Leeds Beckett in the Varsity game, the most successful University Rugby League team. Unfortunately, the side lost but ran Beckett close being defeated 24 -10. Despite finishing fourth, the first team had an inconsistent season but shown glimpses of how good they can be when they beat Hull 50-6, as well as home wins against Nottingham and Newcastle. The side was at their best when they defeated Bath in the BUCS cup by over 60 points. Unfortunately, the side was defeated away from home in the quarter final by Southern premier champions Loughborough.
The Second team won a lot of games despite a disrupted season due to other sides being unable to fulfil fixtures. The team finished comfortably in third place in the division and ran division above Leeds Trinity close in the BUCS trophy. A lot of the second team players go on to play regularly for the first team and play a crucial role in the side.
Many of the club’s success came off the filed through our impactful charity work. The previous season saw our friend and team mate, James Burke, take his own life. His courageous mum, Sharon, decided to start a foundation in his name. The foundation is close to the club’s heart and we chose it as our charity for the season raising over 3 thousand pounds through participating in the Leeds half marathon, charity auctions and film nights. The campaign ‘itsoknottobeok’ was created alongside Leeds University American Football society. Both clubs were aiming to raise money for mental health charities.
Coming Season (2018/19)
The coming season sees both sides with opportunities to advance and progress, building on the previous season. The first team will be looking to improve and try and cement third position at least, as well as challenging both Northumbria and Leeds Beckett in the fixtures. The second team will be looking to continue their successful performances in the newly competitive division as they face team who would’ve been in a higher one in the last season. Both teams will be hoping for a cup run or to achieve silverware in the BUCS 9s competitions.
With a new head coach to be named, and assistant coaches George Milton (Bradford Bulls) and Harry Aaronson (Keighley Cougars) aiding the first and second teams, this season promises to be a successful one!
The club provides a welcoming atmosphere to all who wish to get involved. We believe that whilst at the University of Leeds the social side of societies plays a key role in the enjoyment of your time here. For this reason we plan socials at least once every week, normally on a Wednesday night (game day). These socials are great opportunities to get to know the people you see on the pitch and at training to develop new and lasting friendships. Our socials involve a lot of fancy dress, old boys nights, the infamous Otley run and many more! All of which will provide you with plenty of stories to laugh about. We also do sober socials, such meals out to Nandos and other places in Headingley. These are a great way to bond as a team and get to know each other more away from the pitch. The social side is for many the best aspect of their time at University and provides a welcomed break away from playing and studying.
The club also has players who have achieved success at an individual level as well:
George Milton (Bradford Bulls)
Reece Brunt (Warrington Wolves)
George Shaw (Warrington Wolves)
Harry Aaronson (Keighley Cougars)
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