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LGBT+ SPORT

Leeds City Council is committed to making Leeds an LGBT+ friendly city, representing the diversity of communities and providing equity in all of our service provisions. We’re constantly working to make our services even more accessible and inclusive of everyone – including the LGBT+ community. We also have an Active Leeds Development Officer Louise Walker -Louise.Walker@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds LGBT+ Hub Meetings​

The Leeds City Council LGBT+ Hub meets quarterly at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Lower Briggate to discuss how we can work towards making Leeds an even more LGBT+ friendly city. We discuss the different sport's and physical activity opportunities for the LGBT+ community in Leeds and look at how we can improve what provision is available. 

Date of next meeting:

·         28 November 2017

·        13 February 2018

·        15 May 2018

·        14 August 2018​

·        13 November 2018​​​

      Arrive for refreshments from 5pm with the meetings taking place 5.30pm until 7.30pm. The Hub meetings are open to all, but please RSVP LeedsLGBT@Leeds.gov.uk if you’re interested in joining us.

The Hub group is supported by a large number of private and third sector organisations within Leeds, along with a number of key individuals who share the goals of making Leeds and LGBT+ friendly city with us. A sample of projects currently under development within this Hub include: Sports inclusion, LGBT+, BME, Leeds 2023, Hate Crime, Domestic Violence, Bullying, Housing Services, Mental Health alongside various awareness dates and campaigns.

For further information or to register for the mailing list please email LeedsLGBT@Leeds.gov.uk.​

     Leeds LGBT+ Sports Clubs

We recognise that not everyone always feels comfortable participating in Leeds’ mainstream sports clubs. Because of this, we support sports organisations that guarantee a safe space for the LGBT+ community. You can find out more about the city’s seven LGBT+ sports clubs below:​

Your team not featured? Please contact us at sport.webupdates@leeds.gov.uk​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

OutdoorLads                                                                         

OutdoorLads is a social group for gay, bisexual and trans men who love outdoor sports and want to GET OUT MORE! With the help of volunteer event leaders they put together and run over 1000 events a year all over the UK, with many based in West Yorkshire. They organise hiking, camping, climbing, hostelling, biking, canoeing, sailing and skiing events as well as one-off international trips and more hard-core 'challenge' events. It doesn't matter whether you're a total beginner or an outdoor enthusiast - there's something for everyone! Whatever the event you'll find a group of friendly, welcoming guys with a shared love of the great outdoors.

Website - outdoorlads.com/

Facebook - www.facebook.com/OutdoorLads

Twitter - @OutdoorLads​​

The Bad Mittens

This LGBT+ inclusive badminton group launched on Wednesday 20th July 2016, and is already building up to a sizable number of members. The focus of the group isn’t on the competition, but rather the fun and sociable side of the game so therefore we’re currently looking for likeminded people who are beginners (even if you’ve never played before!) to intermediate.

We meet every Wednesday between 8pm and 9pm at Armley Leisure Centre, and bookings for the sessions must be paid in advance via the groups website.

Thanks to funding from the council’s Inner West Community Committee, the group runs a free session once a month for absolute beginners. Please see website for the next available session.

Websites – http://www.meetup.com/Leeds-Inclusive-Sport

Facebook - Bad Mittens

Twitter - @LeedsLGBTSport​

The Leeds Hunters RUFC

The Leeds Hunters launched in November 2016 as the new inclusive rugby team for Yorkshire, based in Leeds. The team currently train every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, and are usually attended by 20+ guys for each session. Training is at the rugby post in Roundhay Park, near to the Oakwood Clock tower. All gay, bisexual and straight men are welcome to join them.

RFU rules prevent mixed gender teams, however West Park Leeds RUFC has an active inclusive ladies team.

No need to book, however it is advisable to contact the team via Facebook or Twitter to confirm the training session is taking place. It's open to all ages and skill levels (including those new to the game) so just get in touch via Facebook to check the session is on. 

If you are interested in playing join the Leeds Hunters' Facebook Page or support them by following their Twitter @TheLeedsHunters and Instagram @theleedshunters.​


Strike Back- Martial Arts

Lee Mathews British Military Martial Ar​ts Academy is proud to present an LGBT only class. These classes are a great way to ease yourself in and build your confidence to join up with mixed classes if you wish to. Our LGBT classes focus on ​self-defence, fitness and the techniques involved within the kickboxing sport in general, with the aim of helping students work their way up to Black belt.

Classes are held at Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm at the main Leeds BMMA site at 2 Grant Avenue, Leeds, LS7 1RQ. This class is mainly aimed at beginners but other levels of ability are very welcomed. Students are taught by Steve who has been involved in kickboxing for a good few years, a qualified instructor who currently teaches different ages and abilities, and has been chosen to be a member of British Military Martial Arts Academy’s national tournament team: SAS team 2016.​

For further information please contact Steve on: 07932033512 or email strike-back-kickboxing@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/904473859642830/

https://www.meetup.com/Strike-Back-Kickboxing-group-LGBT/​

Yorkshire Terriers FC

We are Yorkshire's only LGBT+ Football club. Established in the early 1990's we played a huge role in establishing the national gay league which still stands today. We play in the national gay league, the GFSN, a Midlands based gay league, Midlands Unity League, as well as the straight, local Leeds based Flexi-League. Well established both on the pitch and on Leeds gay scene we have a thriving sporting and social side to us. We are always looking for new players regardless of gender, sexuality or ability.

Website - www.terriersfc.co.uk​

Facebook - www.facebook.com/yterriersfc

Instagram - @yterriersfc
Twitter - 
@yterriersfc​

Leeds Frontrunners

Leeds Frontrunners is a friendly all-inclusive running club, welcoming anyone who identifies as LGBT, their friends and even people who just love running and are happy to look beyond labels.

Our members range from recreational joggers, maybe aiming towards a 5k Park Run, to competitive longer distance runners, including off-road marathon runners. Regardless of your level of fitness, your pace or your preferred distance you will find members to run and train with.

Website - leedsfrontrunners.wordpress.com

Facebook - www.facebook.com/LeedsFrontRunners

Twitter - @LFrontrunners

Leeds Griffins Quidditch Team

Quidditch is a full-contact, mixed gender sport with a strong LGBT*+ inclusive angle. The Leeds team play a mixture of competitive matches, friendly matches and training for fun, so you can get involved at any level. We are a friendly club with lots of social opportunities outside of training, and we welcome people of all genders, sexualities and sporting ability. If you're interested in getting involved, please get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Training is every Wednesday and Saturday, meeting at the Leeds Student Union at 1pm to train on Woodhouse Moor.

Facebook - Leeds Griffins Quidditch

Twitter - @LeedsGriffins

Email - leedsgriffinsquidditch@gmail.com​



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