Leeds City College has invested £25K in new sporting facilities at their Horsforth campus to meet industry standards and increase the range of activities for undergraduate students.
The ActiveZone is the size of a 5-a-side football pitch and is fully resourced, giving students the opportunity to play sports such as basketball, short tennis, dodgeball, indoor cricket, football, badminton and indoor hockey.
Previously, it was an unused teaching facility, utilised as a large storage area. The ActiveZone now enables students to put their theory, learned in the classroom, into practice, within a matter of steps. Along with a new strength and conditioning gym and updated performance lab, the college can accommodate all students’ practical needs.
Richard Keys, Head of HE Service Professions, at Leeds City College, said: “We offer a unique opportunity to combine higher education undergraduate degree studies with gaining key transferable skills for industry.
“We pride ourselves on our students gaining employment in the sports domain or progressing onto further study in the first year following completion of their degree programme. According to DLHE 2015, 91% of Leeds City College HE students go straight into further study or employment.
“We know that most students will have already applied for places at universities, but if there are any students that don’t receive their ideal place, have changed their mind about higher education or are now interested in HE at Leeds City College, we would love to hear from them.”
Leeds City College students are in for 2 days a week allowing flexibility for them to attend training and games. They have links with numerous professional sports clubs, such as Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos Community Project, as well as key employers and partners including local primary and secondary schools, local coaching companies and clubs.
BA (hons) Sports Coaching student, Chloe Wainwright-Morley, said: “The excellent tutor support and smaller group numbers allowed me to achieve my goals in moving towards a career in PE teaching.
“The tutors were extremely supportive and accommodating when I was at England Women’s College and University Rugby League duty, allowing me to represent my country without it being detrimental to my studies.”
The college has many links with national and international organisations to maximise students’ work placement opportunities.
Richard adds: “We truly believe that through our programmes and links within the industry, students have access to voluntary and paid work placements across the Leeds districts and beyond which also contribute to their completion of certain modules.
“We host overseas funded placements to Austria, Finland and Sweden which give students a unique opportunity to further enhance their employability skills in a new setting.”

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