Why Leeds is a great city for sport teams


Leeds has a thriving sports scene, cultivated from a strong sporting heritage. With the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Carnegie and Leeds United, fans of a diverse range of sports can certainly enjoy some quality sporting action in Leeds. Being such a sports-orientated city, Leeds is also a great place for sports teams to meet, train, compete and even socialise.

Sports facilitates in Leeds

Leeds has a number of top-quality sports facilities to accommodate for a wide range of sports and to act as the host for some of the world’s most prolific sporting events. For example, Elland Road Football Stadium, the home of Leeds United FC, has a capacity of 40,000 and was a host stadium during the European Football Championships of 1996.

The world famous Carnegie Headingley Stadium is home to both cricket and rugby league, whilst the John Charles Stadium is used for multiple sports teams and competitions, including football, athletics, tennis and rugby league.

The John Charles Centre for Sport is named after the late former Leeds United, Juventus FC and Wales footballer John Charles. The stadium is the largest and most diverse sports stadiums of its kind in the North of England. This pioneering stadium combines world-class sports facilities with fantastic hospitality opportunities and is the venue for both regional and national spectator sports.

Athletics is another popular and successful sport in Leeds as Leeds City Athletics Club has approximately 400 members. The competing teams at Leeds City AC range from Under 11s to Veterans of all abilities.

Based at the Indoor Athletics and Bowls Centre next to the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds City AC has nurtured a number of international athletics stars, including Hannah Cockcroft MBE, winner of Team Great Britain’s first track and field gold medal of the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and Susan Partridge, marathon bronze medallist in Team Great Britain at the Barcelona European Championships Marathon in 2010, amongst many other leading figures in international athletics.

Leeds Beckett Sports Arena

Another top quality sporting venue is the Leeds Becket Sports Arena, home to 512 individual seats all with great sight lines of the main court. This stylish sports arena can be either used as two separate basketball courts or as single arena.

As well as basketball, netball is played at this Sports Arena with both the Yorkshire Jets, one of the eight UK netball teams who play in the Vitality Netball Super league, and Leeds Force a professional British Basketball League Team, playing at the Leeds Beckett Sports Arena.

Sports training in Leeds at Weetwood Hall

Weetwood Hall is well-known as being a quality venue for sports teams looking to host performance training camps in Leeds. In fact with our renowned four star facilities that are set within 100 acres of modern facilities, Weetwood Hall is regularly chosen by sports governing bodies as the venue for hosting training and performance camps for both aspiring and professional athletes.

With our stylish, comfortable and well-facilitated bedrooms and top quality cuisine, Weetwood Hall is also a popular venue for sports teams to get a decent night’s sleep and some quality food before an important competition in West Yorkshire.

Some of the biggest names in sport that Weetwood Hall has hosted over the years include Tour de France cycling teams, the Scotland Rugby World Cup team, the England Rugby Team and junior England Basketball teams.

If you are a sports team competing or training in the likes of the Leeds Carnegie Sports Centre, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, John Charles Centre for Sports, Elland Road and the many other world-class sports venues scattered across Leeds and West Yorkshire and you are looking for a quality venue to train, stay at or dine in, contact Weetwood Hall, an ideally-located hotel for the likes of football, ruby, tennis, athletics and cricket teams to achieve their optimum performance.


German racing cyclist Marcel Kittel photographs himself in one of our bedrooms when he won the first stage of the Tour de France here in Yorkshire!

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