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Yorkshire puts Team GB on the road to Olympic glory

An Olympic cyclist with strong links to Bradford has been described as a 'once in a generation' rider after he stormed to gold at the 2020 Tokyo games. Tom Pidcock won the men’s mountain bike race by 20 seconds to capture Britain's first ever medal of any colour in the event. The 21-year-old Yorkshireman started on the fourth row but quickly got himself into the leading group and powered his way past the Swiss pair of Mathias Flueckiger and Nino Schurter to take control on the fourth of seven laps. Flueckiger was the…

Good luck message to all Leeds athletes at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Leeds City Council would like to wish all athletes that are from or based in the city, the very best of luck in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Councillor Salma Arif, Leeds City Council’s executive member for public health and active lifestyles said: “Being selected to compete in an Olympic Games is alone a tremendous achievement and we are very proud that a number of athletes both from and based in the city will be competing and showcasing their amazing skills to the world as part of Team GB in Tokyo. “We have some truly…

Leeds parks tennis coaching programme earns prestigious national award

A tennis coaching programme undertaken in communities across Leeds has received a prestigious national accolade. In recognition of the efforts made through the ‘Leeds Parks Community Tennis Programme’ to adapt to Covid-19 restrictions and inspire a new generation of adults and children to take up the game after lockdown, the initiative was named as the winner of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), 2021 Communities and Parks Award. In announcing the prize, the programme, which is managed by Leeds City Council in…

The Rugby League World Cup Nations Trail is coming to Leeds!

Leeds is proud to be a host city for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. We can’t wait to welcome the men’s teams from Jamaica and Ireland, and the women’s teams from Brazil, Canada, Papua New Guinea and hosts England for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. 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 at RLWC2021. The Rugby League…

Road closures and Roundhay Park access information as AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds returns

Leeds City Council is urging people to plan ahead for this weekend as the city prepares to host AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds for the fifth time. This year all races will start and finish in Roundhay Park, with all routes finishing outside the park’s Mansion House. Thousands of athletes are set to compete, from amateurs to elites, and for the first time elite paratriathletes will also be taking to the start line as the event hosts the World Triathlon Para Series. Access to Roundhay Park: Due to Covid-19…

Return of golf at Temple Newsam marks start of family-friendly development plans at the estate

In line with the lifting of national lockdown restrictions next Monday (29 March), the council-owned golf courses at Temple Newsam and Roundhay Park are set to officially reopen. Working with England Golf and government coronavirus guidelines, a number of measures will be in place to ensure golfers can enjoy their games safely. These include social distancing, providing hand sanitising stations for visitors and track and trace measures when booking and on-site. Next Monday will also mark the first time players at…

AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds routes announced

For the first time all races at AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds will start and finish in Roundhay Park, with all routes reaching the same finish line outside the park’s Mansion House. With a packed weekend of action on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June, British Triathlon have released the confirmed routes for all races on offer at the event following last week’s reopening of entries for the 2021 event. Staging the event in and around the park means that the organisers are able to create a Covid-19 Secure event area within the…

Rugby League World Cup 2021 public ticket ballot opens to celebrate one year to go countdown

With exactly one year to go, world renowned poet and proud Northerner Tony Walsh today captures the passion, excitement and community pride that epitomises the unique and inclusive spirit of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. The poem, The Power of Together, is a rallying call from Manchester-born Walsh, also known as Longfella, for communities across the country to play their part in supporting the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history. As the public ticket ballot opens and the tournament comes into sight,…

New state-of-the-art gym opens its doors at Middleton Leisure Centre

A new state-of-the-art gym at a popular south Leeds leisure centre has officially opened this month. Equipment on offer at the new gym in Middleton Leisure Centre includes 70 exercise stations, a dedicated free weights area and new personal fitness programmes which includes the offer of a free body composition analysis to users. In addition to the new gym, the current exercise studio at the centre has also been transformed with new décor and improved acoustics and a brand new reception constructed. Working closely with…

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…