Leeds United link-up with Leeds Beckett University

Leeds United link-up with Leeds Beckett University

Memorandum of Understanding signed between two parties.

The Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University has pledged to forge a closer relationship with the Leeds United and the new Sports College provision – providing essential sports performance support.

The university has been working with the club behind the scenes throughout the 2018/19 campaign and now the two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together further.

Exercise nutrition lecturer Nessan Costello and PhD student Andy Jenkinson, both from the Carnegie School of Sport; have worked closely with the club developing nutritional plans for the first, academy and women’s teams, focusing on player development and optimal health.

Their role includes daily contact with the players, coaches and kitchen staff at Leeds United through theoretical and practical workshops which they use to help educate players on how food can be used to fuel their training, performance and recovery periods.

Nessan Costello spoke about the work being done with Leeds Beckett and said: “Something we strive to instil in students from the first day of their undergraduate programme at Leeds Beckett is that an excellent understanding of human physiology and metabolism during exercise underpins applied practise.

“A combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and online tutorials provide students with a wealth of supportive learning experiences to give them the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to be successful in professional sport.”

Other close links with the club include two students undertaking coaching internships with the club as part of their MRes in Sport Science, Alexandros Kapsis and Jordan Foster, with on working closely with the first-team and the other assisting with coaching in the Leeds United Academy.

Peter Mackreth, Dean of the School of Sport at Leeds Beckett, said: “Our School prides itself on the applied nature of our degree programmes and research. 

“In working closely with Leeds United, we’re able to support the work they do with players at the training ground and also provide authentic opportunities and examples to our students.”