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Sporting City

Whether you're here to support one of our local teams or visit one of the many international events held in Leeds throughout the year, you'll love how easy it is to get close to the action.


It's not just major events that make Leeds a must-visit destination for sport fans, there's year round sport and the city is proud to be home to a number of teams and facilities. 


Leeds United FC was formed in 1919 and is traditionally one of the biggest clubs in UK football, drawing in large crowds of supportive fans for their home games. In 2019 the club celebrated their centenary! 
Based at Elland Road Football Stadium, Leeds United currently play in the Championship and has produced a long line of exceptional players, including Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter and Rio Ferdinand.
The club has had a long history of success, with passionate fans and in the coming season, Leeds United hope to conquer the Championship as they move into a new era with a new owner and new manager.
Billy Bremner Statue outside Elland Road
Stage 1 - Tour de France - Credit Welcome To Yorkshire


Leeds has gained a reputation as THE city for major sporting events over recent years.

One such event was the Grand Départ of 2014's Tour de France, which set off from just outside Leeds Town Hall. We loved the event so much it lead to the creation of the Tour de Yorkshire. 

The Tour de Yorkshire is a new race being held by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY), supported by British Cycling with a mass sportive for amateur cyclists to be held in May, giving keen cyclists the chance to experience stretches of the Grand Départ route. The fourth edition of the race is taking place 30th April - 3rd May 2020.


Since its formation in 1863 Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) has strived for a sense of pride, belonging and tradition, alongside a string of excellent results, which has meant the club is regarded as one of the best in the world.

Based at Emerald Headingley Stadium, YCCC regularly compete at home, with both T20 matches and the LV county championships. Headingley also hosts a number of international games and has been hosting international cricket since 1899. This year, there are two international T20 cricket matches at Headingley: England vs Australia on 7th July and England vs Pakistan on 29th August. 

2020 sees a brand new, action-packed, 100 ball cricket competition, The Hundred, with matches at Headingley on 20th, 26th and 30th July and 5th August 2020.  


Yorkshire Cricket at Headingley – Credit VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM
Super League XX Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Friday 20 March from Headingley Carnegie. Rhinos Paul AIton and


Headingley Stadium is also home to Leeds Rugby:

Leeds Rhinos is the city’s professional Rugby League club, a member of the Super League and is the third most successful rugby league club in the UK, having won the championship nine times, as well as three World Club Challenge titles.

Yorkshire Carnegie is an RFU Championship team and has an exciting programme of matches and a vision to produce and sustain a Premiership team in Yorkshire, based on Yorkshire talent, Yorkshire Carnegie are an exciting team with big plans and a dedicated fan base.

This year, the Rugby League Ashes Test 2 match takes place at Elland Road football stadium on 7th November 2020.



Leeds is home to a number of great places to golf including Leeds Golf Club, South Leeds Golf Club and the award-winning Leeds Golf Centre.

The city is also surrounded by a wealth of high quality courses. The high, well-drained uplands of the moors and dales that sit to the north of Yorkshire’s most dynamic city offer a perfect landscape for golf. Within a half hour’s drive of the city centre there is an abundance of courses to suit every golfing taste. Find out more here.

9th Green - Moortown Golf Club - James Drake Photography