Coronavirus (covid-19): update on sport facilities

Check here for the latest updates on Sport and Physical Activity’s response to the coronavirus.


20 August 2020: Reopening plans for Sport & Physical Activity

We hope that you are keeping well.  

We would like to update you on the latest information about the reopening of our Sport & Physical Activity facilities. We have been working hard to ensure that we can welcome our community back to doing what they love, whether that is playing sport or keeping fit and healthy with us. 

To make it easy for you to keep up-to-date with the latest information about all our facilities we have now launched a new webpage: sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening, this includes a list of frequently asked questions which we will continue to update. As this a fast-moving situation please regularly check this webpage before each visit. Below we have provided you with the key updates regarding our reopening plans. 

The Edge – We’re delighted to confirm our plans to reopen The Edge on the 7th September, and we have now provided more information below on our reopening plans for The Edge and the steps we are taking to provide a COVID-secure environment and to give the best possible experience.  

Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington – Whilst we are unable to confirm a specific date for reopening for these facilities, we are working hard to safely reopen prior to the 7th September as part of the wider University reopening and we will continue to provide updates on our website. We are working to guidance from the University, the government and the national governing bodies for each respective sport and will ensure we safely bring back each activity to these facilities.  

Keeping you safe and active – Across all of our facilities we can now provide some more detailed information about what we will be doing to keep you safe and active, and what you will be able to do to help keep everyone safe: 

  • Facility and activity bookings – To help us safely manage capacities and following government guidelines, we will require a booking for all activities, including the fitness suite and the swimming pool at The Edge. Due to this, we will be asking customers not to visit our facilities without a booking to help keep everyone safe. We will provide further details of how to book online for The Edge, and we are taking steps to make this as easy as possible. All activity at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington will require bookings as normal, this now also applies to the pay and pedal sessions on the cycle circuit. Bookings for Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington can be made via the usual channels on our contact us page. 
  • One-way systems and social distancing To help keep customers a safe distance from others there will be one-way systems in place, and signage to indicate the direction of travelWe will also be reducing occupancy levels in line with guidance within each area of our facility.
  • New cleaning protocols – We have enhanced cleaning protocols which follow the latest advice from the relevant authorities. This includes increased frequencies, scheduled cleans after each activity where required and the purchasing of new equipment. Additionally, designated cleaning stations will allow you to clean down equipment after use where required, ready for the next user. 
  • Sanitising stations – Hand sanitising stations and equipment cleaning stations for customers will be available to use throughout the facilities.  
  • Changing rooms and toilets  We will follow the latest guidance on the opening of our changing rooms when we reopen each facility. On the reopening of all facilities toilets and sinks will be available for use, however, in the first phase of opening, there will be no changing facilities or access to showers. However, if using the swimming pool at The Edge you will be allocated a cubicle and locker prior to entering the pool, which will then be cleaned after each use. 
  • Protective Equipment On receptions, we will have protective screens, and staff will be issued with protective equipment where required. We are following the University guidance on face coverings, which must be worn in all indoor communal areas on campus, for example, main public corridors and communal toilets. Face coverings can be removed once in the area for your pre-booked activity, for example, once you have entered the fitness suite, exercise studio or when leaving your cubicle ahead of entering the swimming pool area.
  • Further support  On your visit our colleagues will be on hand throughout the building if you have any questions or need any support.  

There will also be things you will need do to help keep everyone safe, including staying at home if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, washing your hands regularly, wiping down equipment after use where applicable and arriving in your kit ready to work out where possible. Leaving the facilities as soon as you are able to after your session will help us maintain capacities and prepare for our next customersAhead of your visit to The Edge please make sure you have read our FAQs at sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening. Information about your booking at Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington will be sent to you prior to your visit.

We would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and understanding in such uncertain times and to thank our colleagues who are working hard to ensure you get the support that is needed throughout this period. 

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and to keep up-to-date with the latest information from us visit sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening  

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. 

With kind regards, 

University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team 


20 August 2020: Update for Edge members

We hope that you are keeping well. We’re delighted to confirm our plans to reopen The Edge on the 7th September, and we want to update you on the steps we are taking to provide a COVID-secure environment in accordance with the latest guidance and what this means for you.  

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience since the closure in March. We can’t wait to welcome you back to The Edge soon. 

Below we have updated you on the latest information about our reopening, and in the coming weeks, we will share further information and guidance with you. 

Keeping you safe and active  

Oour latesupdate about the reopening of the facilities, we’ve outlined the steps we’re taking to keep you safe and active, and what you will need to do to help keep everyone safe. These are also outlined in our FAQ section at sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening 

Opening Hours

To support the smooth reopening of the facilities, we will initially open on reduced hours. From the 28th September, we will revert to our standard opening hours.  From the 7th September our opening hours will be 06:30-15:00 Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, 14:30 – 22:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays and 08:30 – 17:00 at the weekend. 

What will you be able to do at The Edge?

When we reopen, we want to provide you with the best possible experience, and we are lucky to have such a variety of activities for our customers to use. In the initial phase of reopening we are planning for the following activities to be available to book:  Fitness Suite, Swimming Pool (lane swimming only will be available. The sauna and steam room will be closed), Exercise Classes, Sports Halls, Squash Courts, Outdoor 3G pitch.

We understand that at this time it may be more difficult to fit in a workout, which is why we will continue to provide virtual workouts and live classes with our Edge instructor on a new app which is coming soon, exclusive to all members for free. You can watch and take part in these classes on a mobile or tablet, and you’ll also be able to cast to a TV.  

We will keep customers updated as new activities and facilities become available, and the best place to find the most up-to-date information is sport.leeds.ac.uk/reopening.  Currently, we are not able to confirm the car parking situation on campus for our members, but we will update as soon as we are able. 

Membership Update and Pay as You Go access 

  • Monthly Members  For our monthly members, your memberships have remained frozen since the 1st of April 2020. We will automatically unfreeze all current memberships from 28th September once we revert to full opening hours. However, you can request to unfreeze from the 7th September when we reopen with reduced opening hours by filling out this form Your first monthly direct debit will be taken on the 1st October as normal. Staff paying via payroll will make this payment from their payslip at the end of October.  If you are unable to make use of your membership, for example, you are not back on campus yet, we are continuing to offer the option to freeze your membership. To do this you just need to complete the freeze request form before the 7th September to stop your October payment being taken.  
  • Annual MembersYour membership will be extended by 6 months and automatically restarted on the 28th September once we revert to full opening hours. However, you can request to unfreeze from the 7th September when we reopen with reduced opening hours by filling out this form  If your membership was due to expire since we closed in March, your membership will automatically be extended by 6 months from your original end date and it will be available for you to use from the 7th September. If you are unable to make use of your membership, for example, you are not back on campus yet, we are continuing to offer the option to freeze your membership. To do this you just need to complete the freeze request form. This will then freeze and extend your membership, in addition to the 6 months extension from the close period.  If you have any questions regarding membership, please do get in touch with us at edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk
  • Pay as you go access – We are currently looking at ways we can safely manage booking for pay as you go members and we will confirm when pay as you go bookings will be available.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. 

With kind regards, 

The Edge  


22 July 2020: Important Coronavirus update – Facility reopening

We hope that you are keeping well and active at this time.

Following the recent government announcement, we wanted to confirm that our Sport and Physical Activity facilities will remain closed at the present time, however, we are aiming to reopen The Edge on the 7th September.

We continue to work hard to ensure that the transition towards reopening our facilities, as part of the wider University reopening, goes smoothly and that the safety of our users is maintained. We will reopen in accordance with government and University guidelines to provide a safe and planned COVID-secure environment, with staff trained to give the best possible experience.

We are very excited to be making plans for our reopening and to welcome you back as we strongly believe that sport and physical activity plays a vital part in looking after our wellbeing.  We can’t wait to welcome you back to our wide range of health, fitness and sporting facilities and to help you get back to keeping fit and healthy with us.

In June we updated you on the steps we are taking to prepare for reopening our facilities, you can view this update below.  We will continue to update you here with the latest information about reopening our facilities when possible.

For those with an Edge membership, all membership fees will remain frozen until a time when facilities are accessible again and annual memberships will be extended for the time that we have remained closed. We will continue to get in touch with you with any new updates regarding memberships closer to reopening. In the meantime, to support our members to stay active and healthy during the closure, we are continuing to produce lots of home workouts, health and wellbeing resources and diet and nutrition advice on our  Your Home, Your Move hub.

We would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude to all our customers for your continued support and understanding in such uncertain times and to thank our colleagues who are working hard to ensure our customers get the support that is needed throughout this period.

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and our specific messages on sport.leeds.ac.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

With kind regards,

University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team


15 June 2020: Important Coronavirus update

We hope that you are keeping well and active at this time.

We wanted to reassure you of the careful planning and preparation to ensure that when the time comes, our community can return to our campus and outdoor facilities with peace of mind.

Whilst we are unable to confirm when we will reopen our facilities, we are very excited to begin reviewing options to welcome you back and return to keeping you fit and healthy.

During this time, our priority is to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and customers. Caution will be essential to ensure that the transition toward reopening goes smoothly and that the safety of our users is maintained in accordance with government guidelines.

Below we have outlined the steps we are taking to prepare for reopening:

  • We are planning a safe approach to reopening our facilities, which includes a phased approach.
  • We continue to incorporate advice and guidance from the relevant authorities in our planning including the NHS and Public Health England, industry associations, such as UKActive, and national governing bodies, such as UK Sport.
  • We are revising our cleaning regime to ensure we are following the latest guidance and advice. This will include undertaking additional cleaning between sessions.
  • We are looking at how social distancing guidelines can be implemented in our facilities, this includes looking at how we can create one-way routes where needed and how we manage access.
  • We will provide training for our colleagues on our new way of operating.
  • We will look at the scheduling of activities and the relocation of some of these activities to ensure social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.
  • We will continue to update you with new information regarding our plans to reopen and we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.

As a reminder, for those with an Edge membership, all membership fees are frozen until a time when facilities are accessible again and annual memberships will be extended for the time that we have remained closed. We will continue to get in touch with you with any new updates regarding memberships.

We would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude to all our customers for your continued support and understanding in such uncertain times and to thank our colleagues who are working hard to ensure our customers get the support that is needed throughout this period.

In an effort to support our members to stay active and healthy during the closure, we have created our Your Home, Your Move hub. We have been delighted at how many of our community have benefitted from our home workouts, health and wellbeing resources and diet and nutrition advice. Our team are continuing to support you with new content coming out each week, so keep an eye on our Your Home, Your Move hub. In addition to this we recently conducted our Balancing Life survey to find out how the lockdown has impacted your activity levels and wellbeing so that we can plan how best to support you in the future.

In the meantime, if we can be of any assistance please do get in touch with us. For general enquiries about our campus and outdoor facilities, please email sport@leeds.ac.uk. If you have a membership-related enquiry, please email edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk.

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and our specific messages on sport.leeds.ac.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

With kind regards,

University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team


19 March 2020: Important Coronavirus update – Facility closure

In line with advice regarding the Coronavirus (covid-19) from the relevant authorities, including the NHS and Public Health England, the University of Leeds has taken the difficult decision to fully close our Sport & Physical Activity facilities from 5 pm on Friday 20th March until further notice to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff, which is our number one priority.

University of Leeds Sport & Physical Activity facilities include: The Edge, Cromer Terrace, Gryphon Sports Centre, Sports Park Weetwood, Bodington Playing Fields (including the Brownlee Centre), Boat House, and Selside Outdoor Centre.

We will continue to update all our customers, and we will re-open at the earliest possible opportunity. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this difficult period.

  • All Edge memberships fees/payments will be frozen until a time when facilities are accessible again.
  • You do not need to contact us to arrange freeze of payment, we will do this for you. Swim credits will carry over until re-opening. Block booking payments will not be taken during this time.

If in the meantime we can be of any assistance please do get in touch with us. For general enquiries, please email sport@leeds.ac.uk. If you have a membership-related enquiry please email edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk.

Updates from the University of Leeds will continue to be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk and our specific messages on sport.leeds.ac.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

With kind regards,
University of Leeds, Sport & Physical Activity Team

Sport & Physical Activity Leeds