Increased financial support for student sport

An increase in the number of our students taking part in sports activities and teams is the aim behind additional funding recently announced by the University and Leeds University Union.


“We understand that sport can play an enormously valuable part in enhancing our students’ experience, and are delighted that the University Council recently agreed additional investment. This funding will help remove the barriers of cost and lack of facilities, which in turn will lead to increased student participation in sport, particularly in teams and organised programmes,” says Stewart Ross, Director, Commercial and Campus Support Services.

Piers Cottee-Jones, LUU’s Activities Officer, says: “The extra resources will drive down the cost of playing sport and help ensure that cost is never a barrier to participation for our students. This additional funding will be used for things like subsidising travel and accommodation, and removing the sports pass for teams who need to train. It will help bring an equality of opportunity to the clubs so if some sports teams need to hire external venues because the University doesn’t have the appropriate facilities or available space, our students won’t have to pay.” 

Further investment in our sports facilities is also establishing a world-class triathlon centre and fantastic cycling facilities and providing a refurbished sports pavilion. Stewart Ross continues: “These developments will enable us to build on our great tradition for sport and make a significant impact on the experience of students and staff at Leeds.”

Banner picture shows Louisa Mammals at Sports Park Weetwood during a rugby training session

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