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Young Leeds Kick Boxer Wins British Title


Worlds Youngest Black Belt, Jake Frood (9 years old) from Leeds  has gained himself yet another title. Jake who fights on the England Kickboxing Team and is officially sponsored by the Stobart Group recently returned from Birmingham where he Won GOLD and took the British Grand Slam Kickboxing Championship Title.

Jake who attends Broadgate Primary School won his British Title fighting in the Kickboxing category in the boxing ring winning him the Championship belt.

This was a huge achievement for Jake especially as he has been out of training and competitions for 4 months due to a flair up of his Juvenile Arthritis which meant the pains in his legs prevented him from fighting.  Jake had started to regain his fitness and returned back to training at Leeds North AEGIS Martial Arts and Leadership Academy just 2 weeks prior to this competition as he was adamant that he wanted to defend his title which he has won for 2 years previously.

Following this win Jake has now qualified to represent England at the World Kickboxing Championships for the 4th year in a row that are being held in Ireland in August and the World Ring Sports Championships in Spain in October.


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Get Kids Active This Spring Bank Holiday at Camp Carnegie

Camp Carnegie, programme of American sports, football, rackets and athletics for children aged eight to 16 will take place this Spring bank holiday week from Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June.

Taking place at the Carnegie Sports Centre at Headingley Campus, Camp Carnegie is open to children of any sporting ability.

New to the Camp this year is the specialist football camp, alongside the popular American sports programme including American football, lacrosse, baseball/softball, ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball. Children will also have the opportunity to mix and match their choices of sports during the day. They will have access to some of the finest sports facilities in the country, within the safety of the University’s grounds.

The Camp runs from 10am to 4pm each day, with the option of paying for wraparound care from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Children will be taught by qualified and friendly coaching staff, who will place them into age and ability-appropriate groups.

The athletics programme includes sprinting, hurdling, long jump, javelin, discus and shot put; while the rackets programme features tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis.

The cost of the Camp is £15 for a half day, £25 for a full day, £30 for a full day with wraparound care, and £18 for a half day with care.

For more information and to register your child for the Camp, please go to or contact Kirsty Mcphee on 0113 812 3737 or by email at

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Nominate a Female Coach


Nominations are being sought for a new campaign rewarding and inspiring female coaches.

The #PassOnYourPassion campaign is running across northern England to tackle the inequality in the numbers of people coaching. Females make up only 30% of coaches in the country and only 17% of qualified coaches*.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is coordinating the campaign in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, and is inviting people to nominate females coaching at any level of sport deserving of recognition.  Forty coaches in each county will be selected to be part of the campaign and inspire more women to get involved.  Women can also self-nominate.

There’s no commitment from those nominated at this stage and more information will be provided once the coaches have been shortlisted.

To complete a nomination visit   Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 April.


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A Run Just for Kids at Temple Newsam


Radical Run has designed an obstacle course just for children. The 3km course at Temple Newsam will take place on Saturday 29th April and has some amazing inflatable obstacles that children (aged 5 – 14) can run, jump, climb and slide over. It is challenging, fun, and a great day out for the family.

Safety is paramount. All obstacles are marshalled by at least two marshalls who will encourage the participants and help make the day enjoyable. Of course, there are loads of other family activities at Temple Newsam, including the farm, playparks, and walks. In addition, the team from Kings Camps will be providing free entertainment for children from age three and up.

Run with friends

Advanced tickets are required to participate and can be purchased via, spectators are free. There are two start times – 10am for high school age children, and 12 noon for primary school ages.

Representatives from Martin House Children’s Hospice will be there promoting their work. The hospice provides care, support and practical help for children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families. Visit their stall and find out how you can help.




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Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Announces New Cricket College

YCF College

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, in partnership with education provider SCL, recently announced that a new Yorkshire Cricket College would be opening in September 2017.

The college will enrol students from the age of 16 on a two-year course that will have cricket training and matches built into the timetable. Located at Headingley Stadium, students will benefit from the world class training facilities, under the tutelage of Yorkshire Cricket coaches while studying for a BTECH Level Three in Sport.

“We aim to create a really good college – a great place to be educated, with a really good teaching environment”, said Nick Robinson, Project Manager at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation. “The bonus is that cricket will be built into the timetable three times per week. Whether you want to become a serious cricketer or a keen club cricketer, the Yorkshire Cricket College will help students realise their potential.”

The curriculum offers a diverse range of units, such as the principles of anatomy and physiology in sport, leading to a BTECH level three. The qualification will give graduates a springboard and the opportunity to progress to further education, apprenticeships or a career. The cricket coaching and matches will allow students to work on all aspects of their game, as well as the holistic benefits that sport can offer – such as developing communication skills, teamwork and self-confidence.

“We find that combining education with sport and delivering programmes from inspiring sports facilities has the power to really engaging young people”, said Steve Franks of SCL. “We are delighted to be launching a cricket college with Yorkshire and look forward to making it a first class experience for all our learners.”


An Open Day for the college is on Wednesday 12th April and will take place in the East Stand classrooms at Headingley, starting at 6pm and finishing at 8pm. Presentations regarding the qualification and cricket coaching will be given as well as the opportunity to ask questions and scope out the facilities on offer.


For further information, please contact or telephone 0113 203 3632



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LeedsBID is 2017 Leeds Sports Awards Title Sponsor


Councillor James Lewis, Chris Mears, Yvonne Kennedy (LeedsBID Welcome Ambassador), Jack Laugher, and Andrew Cooper

Leeds Sports has announced that LeedsBID are to be the main sponsor for the 2017 Leeds Sports Awards.

LeedsBID is focused on delivering an ambitious business plan to transform Leeds city centre, improving experiences, standards and adding value, working in collaboration across the city. The business-led, not-for-profit organisation is the largest UK Business Improvement District outside London and represents over 1,000 businesses in Leeds city centre.

“The Leeds Sports Awards shine a spotlight on the sporting skills and achievements of people in the city, which play a huge part in the work of raising the profile of Leeds locally, nationally and internationally”, said Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID. “One of LeedsBID’s commitments to the Leeds Sports Awards was leading and facilitating its relocation to a larger city centre venue to reflect the ambition to grow the event.”

“The Leeds Sports Awards are always a tremendous occasion, providing us with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our local clubs, sporting stars, and our unsung heroes,” said  Councillor James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member with responsibility for sport.

Sport Leeds also welcome Leeds Beckett, University of Leeds, ImageCo and Leeds City Council, who are each sponsoring an award within the Special Contribution category.

With the event now less than a month away, the excitement is rising and tensions are building as we count down the days to the most glamorous event on the Leeds sporting calendar. Celebrate the outstanding sporting achievements of the City of Leeds in 2016, at a star-studded awards ceremony and dinner at the first direct arena on Tuesday 7th March.

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Reece Cartwright Retains IBF Boxing Crown



A fantastic night of boxing was staged at The Royal Armouries recently where local Champion, Reece Cartwright, took on number one challenger Croatian Jerko Galesic. The clash took place in front of an ear shattering, 800 strong  crowd.

Galesic stated at the pre fight weigh in that he was going to “knock Reece Cartwright out”. Aware of Galesic’s knock out ratio, Team Cartwright, knew not to take this as an idle threat.


The fight began with Galesic racing out of the stocks fast, looking to rip the title away with a wicked left hook to Cartwright’s head, followed by a huge overhand right, busting his nose. Cartwright quickly returned fire with blistering multi punch combinations and his trademark jab. The crowd was on its feet as the fight swayed one way then the other and the two fighters tested each other to their limits.


The turning point came mid way through the eighth round when Galesic suddenly slowed his pace, the intensity of the fight having taken it’s toll. Cartwright saw his chance and fired off again with his  ram rod jab and a tremendous body shot to Galesic’s solar plexus sending him back to his corner in crippling pain at the end of the round. Cartwright’s corner team sent their man back out with instructions to set traps for his opponent according to their game plan.


The ninth round began with Cartwright delivering rapid, pin-point accurate jabs followed by a barrage of punches culminating with a devastating right that sent Galesic crashing to the canvas.  The atmosphere was electric and the roar of the crowd deafening as the ref jumped in to stop the fight and declare Cartwright the winner. Compassionately, the champion went to check the wellbeing of his defeated opponent. When Galesic had recovered and was back on his feet, the fighters embraced in a sportsmanlike manner.


Cartwright was awarded an official a ninth round TKO decision, making him the legitimate IBF Youth World Middleweight Champion, having previously remarked that he did not feel like a real champion until he had retained the title.

Reece Cartwright moves on to a record of 15 fights, 15 wins 0 draws 0 losses and eight wins by way of knock out. It’s rumoured that Reece will now fight German WBO Youth World Middleweight champion Jan Meiser in an eagerly awaited unification match up.


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Local Boxer Reece Cartwright Defends Title at New Dock


IBF Youth World Middleweight Champion Reece Cartwright (22), Leeds first professional world champion, defends his crown against Belarus’s dangerous unbeaten Mikalai Kuzmitski on Friday 18th November at New Dock Hall at the Royal Armouries.  Reece boasts a professional record of 14 wins no losses and no draws (seven wins coming by way of knock out).

Reece was recently chief sparring partner to Kell Brook, Sheffield’s IBF Senior Welterweight World Champion, before Kell’s defeat to Kazakhstan boxing super star ‘GGG’ Gennady Golovkin. Kell praised Reece’s efforts and attitude and claimed him to be the next big thing if he stays the course.

Now Reece has his chance to defend his IBF Youth Middleweight title that he won by defeating Finland’s number one Henri Kekalainen in June 2016.

“I don’t feel that I am a proper world champion until I have successfully defended the belt”, said Reece. “It was amazing winning the title especially in front of Leeds fans. It really gave me a boost. Now I’m looking forward to defending my title and winning in style. My weight and training camp have gone great. I am ready for action and to do my estate and the city of Leeds proud.”




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Eight Year Old Martial Arts World Record Breaker Wins in US


Leeds lad Jake Frood (8) has become the youngest master third degree black belt in the world. He completed the five hour test on Sunday 2nd October at the AEGIS Martial Arts and Leadership Academy and received his Third Degree Black Belt at a graduation ceremony at The Grammar School at Leeds on Sunday 9th October.


Jake hit the headlines twice before – when he broke the World Record for gaining his First Degree Black Belt at the age of five,  and on gaining his Second Degree at the age of six. His success is even more amazing as he suffers from Juvenile Arthritis, an immune disorder and Severe Hyper Mobility Disorder, which means he can suffer excruciating pains in his legs, arms and chest, and which makes him extremely tired. But, he battles through the pain and keeps on achieving outstanding results.


Jake recently returned from the World Kickboxing Championships at Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, Florida, a double bronze medalist. He was able to attend the competition thanks to sponsorship from the Stobart Group and help from family friend Chico Slimani of X Factor fame.

On arrival in the States, Jake discovered that he was the youngest competitor out of all 28 competing countries and there was no one else in his age group. It was decided that he move up from his original category of 8-9 yrs -40kg weight division in Full Contact Kickboxing, to U-13 -45kg. The children he was up against were almost a foot taller than him, but he made it through to the Semi Final and won the very respectable bronze medal. He gained a great deal of respect from coaches, managers, competitors and spectators from across the world.

He was then  asked to fight in the England U-13 Team for The Points fighting category, which he doesn’t usually fight in. Again, he fought well  against a much bigger and older opponent in the semi-final and the England Team came away with the bronze. Special mention must go to Del Sampson, the England manager who believed in Jake and selected him to represent his country on team England.

Jake continues to make his country and especially his home city of Leeds proud of him. His dream is to represent his country at the Olympics and there’s little doubt that he can achieve this. The hard work and dedication he puts in to his training is phenomenal.

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Network Rail Leeds Hands Over £1,275 to Samaritans


Andrew Davies of Network Rail recently presented a cheque for £1,275 to Samaritans at Leeds station.

At their second Golf Event, held at Wyke Golf Club, 18 teams, made up of 72 players, took part in a successful and enjoyable day. Two thousand raffle tickets were sold, with great prizes ranging from bottles of wine to holidays in the sun.

“This is a fantastic amount of money and we appreciate every penny!” said Tracey Whitehead, volunteer at Samaritans Leeds. “To put it into perspective, our trained volunteers take over 5.4 million calls from people struggling to cope each year. It costs us over £4 per call. Network Rail has helped us to reach more than 300 people by holding this event for us. We would like to thank everyone for the part they played, either by taking part in the event or helping to organise and run it.”

Samaritans relies almost entirely on donations to run its 201 branches and train more than 21,000 dedicated volunteers, without whom it could not operate its life-saving services.

If you would like to support Samaritans, or would like more information, please visit




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