LEEDS STUDENTS will do battle again this year as two universities get ready for the city’s 12th varsity event.
It will see students from Leeds and Leeds Beckett universities compete in more than 50 fixtures across 25 different sports.
The 24-hour competition culminates in the men’s rugby union finale on October 5 under the floodlights at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The night before, on October 4, the universities’ women’s netball first teams will go head-to-head in the Varsity opener at the Sports Arena on Leeds Beckett’s Headingley campus.Among the other sports involved are squash, athletics, biathlon and water polo.
Last year, more than 1,400 students took part while there were a record 14,000 spectators at Headingley as Leeds Beckett ran out 27-13 winners on the night to take an 11th straight Varsity victory.
The charities Leeds Varsity will be raising funds for this year are CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Climbing Out, which helps rebuild self-esteem in young people who have been through life-changing injury, illness and trauma.
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