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Leeds to host six teams including England women as RLWC2021 nation training bases announced

With 500 days to go until the opening fixture of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), tournament organisers have announced that Leeds will act as the training base for men’s squads from Jamaica and Ireland, and women’s squads from England, Papua New Guinea, Brazil and Canada. There is sure to be a carnival atmosphere in Leeds, as the city welcomes some of the biggest and best names in rugby league, across the men’s and women’s game, all six nations will be welcomed to what promises to be one of the biggest parties…

Leeds to host finale as routes for 2020 Tour de Yorkshire announced

The full routes for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race have been unveiled at Leeds Civic Hall. Both routes will be the toughest in the history of the race and feature more climbing than ever before, including the Côtes de Buttertubs and Grinton Moor – both making their first appearances since the 2014 Tour de France and the return of the infamous Shibden Wall. New Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive James Mason greeted a packed press conference on Friday morning with the Amaury Sport…

Opening hours of Garforth Leisure Centre extended due to demand

The opening hours of a popular outer east Leeds leisure centre have been significantly extended from this week. As part of the new schedule, service users will now be able to use all of the facilities at Garforth Leisure Centre from 6am-10pm on Monday-Friday. Previously, the opening hours at the facility from Monday-Friday were 8.30am-10pm (Monday and Wednesday), 4pm-10pm (Tuesday and Thursday) and 8.30am-10pm (Friday). At the weekend, the leisure centre will now also open earlier on both Saturday and Sunday from 8am. In…

New Aireborough Leisure Centre facilities set to be showcased later this month

The final results of a significant refurbishment programme at a popular north-west Leeds leisure centre are set to be officially unveiled later this month. Following the revamp, visitors will be able to enjoy a host of new facilities at Aireborough Leisure Centre from Saturday, 28 September. On offer will include a retiled pool and pool hall, including new windows, and a village-style changing room suitable for groups and families boasting modern cubicles, showers and toilets. A Changing Places facility catering for…

Cricket fans in Leeds set to be bowled over as two new non-turf pitches arrive in Roundhay Park

With the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup now in full swing, fans of all ages will have the chance to emulate their heroes from across the world on two new non-turf pitches in a famous city park. Funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as part of an initiative to encourage more people to play and enjoy the game, work has been completed on the installation of the two new pitches, located on playing fields in Roundhay Park, adjacent to Soldiers Field. Costing over £15k in total, players will have the opportunity to…

Completion of exciting Emerald Headingley Stadium refurbishment to be marked by special Community Engagement Day and Proms on the Pitch

Two special celebration events are to be held this year to mark the completion of exciting redevelopment work at Emerald Headingley Stadium. In what promise to be unforgettable occasions for all those in attendance, a city-wide Community Engagement Day including school children and young people will take place on Wednesday, July 17, and be followed on Saturday, September 21, by a spectacular ‘Proms on the Pitch’ event led by world-renowned soprano, Lesley Garrett. As part of the Community Engagement Day, children will…

100 Days to the UCI Road World Championships

Celebrations are taking place across Yorkshire to mark 100 days to go until the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. Official Yorkshire 2019 flags have been presented to the nine local authorities who are hosting a race start or finish, and these will be flown from key locations between now and the Championships, which are taking place between 22-29 September and preceded by the Yorkshire Para-Cycling International on Saturday 21 September. In Leeds the official flag is flying today and over the weekend on the Civic…

‘India’s biggest cricket fan’ enjoys the delights of Leeds as part of tour of host cities for this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup

Visit Britain have been running a campaign in India to find the country’s biggest cricket fan ahead of this year’s Cricket World Cup. The enthusiasm for cricket in India has been captured by this Visit Britain campaign to promote England to Indian tourists through a partnership with ESPN Cricinfo, an online sports broadcaster in India. The competition, ‘The Biggest Fan Challenge’, will promote destinations in Britain where the Indian Cricket team is scheduled to play this summer, inspiring visitors from India to travel…

A statement from Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake on the news that Leeds has been chosen as a host city for the Rugby…

The Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake has commented on the news that Leeds has been chosen as a host city for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Leeds will host three men’s matches at Headingley Stadium and one match at Elland Road, which includes a semi-final. The city has also being awarded four games for the women’s Rugby League World Cup which will be played at Headingley. The council led a consortium of partners on the design and submission of the successful bid, which further underlines the…

ICC Cricket World Cup trophy tour to visit Leeds

ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour commences tour of England and Wales on 19 February 2019. 100-day tour starts off in London and will finish on 29 May ahead of the tournament opener at The Oval for England v South Africa. The famous trophy will be in Leeds on Sunday April 14 and Monday April 15, visiting Trinity Leeds and Headingley. Further details on how fans can see the trophy will be provided closer to each event. The trophy will visit all 11 Cricket World Cup 2019 venues, making over 100 stops in more than 20…

Tour Maker 2019 – Full registration now open

Welcome to Yorkshire and A.S.O are thrilled to be hosting the fifth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire between 2nd - 5th May 2019. Last year a record 2.6 million spectators lined the route and £98 million was generated for the Yorkshire economy. The race is now widely regarded as one of cycling's most dramatic and best-supported events and simply would not be possible without the help of our incredible team of volunteer Tour Makers. We're delighted to let you know that full registration to become a 2019 Tour Maker is now…

Over 2.5 million ticket applications received for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Over 2.5 million ticket applications received over two ballot phases as excitement builds ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Limited tickets remain available for all 10 teams and at every venue. Remaining tickets will go on general sale on a first-come, first served basis from 10 am BST on 27 September via the Official Ticketing Website. Steve Elworthy: “The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be the biggest sporting event taking place in England and Wales next summer and the demand for tickets reflects the excitement of…

Britain prepares to host double dose of ITU World Triathlon Series action in 2019

The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds and Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham return to the sporting calendar for 2019, with mass participation entries to each event opening in a month’s time on Wednesday 19 September. Opportunities for everyone from complete triathlon beginners to experienced age-group competitors will be on offer; spanning GO TRI, relay, sprint and standard distance and allowing members of the public to follow in the footsteps of the elite stars of the sport. Home to Britain’s Olympic…

Public ballot for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opens

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot opened today (Wednesday, 1 August) at 10 am (BST) on Wednesday 1 August. When ticket applications were opened to all members of the public, backed by a major marketing and PR campaign, warmly called Are You In? The Public Ballot will be open until 29 August and fans will be able to apply for each of the 48 fixtures, with tickets in each price band at every game available. Following the unprecedented demand during the Cricket Family Ballot, fans are encouraged to apply for…

Pre-registration for ICC Cricket World Cup public ballot 2019 opens

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot opens 10 am (BST) on Wednesday, 1 August, when ticket applications will be open to all members of the public. Fans must register an account via the Cricket World Cup Ticketing Website ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot opens 1 August 2018 Tournament begins 30 May 2019. To apply for tickets in the Public Ballot, applicants must register an account via the Official Cricket World Cup Ticketing website. Ticket accounts can be created during the pre-registration…

Countdown to historic ICC Cricket World Cup is on

Today marks a year to go until the greatest celebration of cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup, gets underway when hosts England take on South Africa at The Oval in London. The format for the 2019 edition, the same used in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, sees the ten best teams in the world go head to head in a round robin format, resulting in a true world champion. The greatest cricket celebration in history is just one year away. To celebrate this milestone, the LOC has released the ICC Cricket World Cup…

Statement by leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Judith Blake regarding Josh Warrington world title win

Josh Warrington stuns Lee Selby to win IBF world featherweight title. Josh Warrington made history by becoming the first man from Leeds to win a world boxing title with a stunning split-decision upset victory over Wales' Lee Selby. Josh Warrington is a British professional boxer who has held the IBF featherweight title since 2018. He has previously held the WBC International, European, British, Commonwealth and English featherweight titles. Warrington was a clear underdog with the bookmakers against his Welsh…

Record number of volunteers needed for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

The recruitment of 4,000 volunteers for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales is now open to the public. World Cup Cricketers will be the faces of the tournament and will carry out a variety of roles across all 11 CWC19 venues, host cities and event locations: Headingley stadium to host four ICC Cricket World Cup matches; Applications are open on 3 May and remain open until 15 June 2018. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is presenting a record number of volunteers the chance to be part of one of the…

Leeds to host four 2019 International Cricket Council World Cup matches

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that Leeds will host four 2019 ICC World Cup matches next June and July. Headingley will welcome England, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and World Cup Qualifier champions Afghanistan. Headingley fixtures: Friday 21 June – England v Sri Lanka Saturday 29 June – Pakistan v Afghanistan Thursday 4 July – Afghanistan v West Indies Saturday 6 July – Sri Lanka v India Mark Arthur, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive said: “The Club is…

Mark Cavendish back in action at Tour de Yorkshire!

Tour de Yorkshire organisers Welcome to Yorkshire are delighted that Mark Cavendish has confirmed he will return to racing after injury at the 2018 edition of the race. Cavendish suffered a dramatic crash at the Milan – San Remo race in Italy on Saturday 17 March, fracturing a rib and damaging his ankle after colliding with a traffic bollard, and reports had suggested that he would be back in action at the Tour of California (13-19 May). His recovery has gone better than expected however, and Team Dimension Data have…