Leeds LGBT Sport Fringe Festival

Leeds LGBT Sport Fringe Festival


This is Leeds first LGBT Sport Fringe Festival, compromised of a group of trainers or activity organisers that are organising an event which is over a week long, leading up to Leeds Pride!

They have various groups, teams, fitness instructors including indoor and outdoor activities are joining forces to make this as much of a success as possible

What makes this festival in the run-up to Leeds Pride this year even better, is that they are aiming to raise money for an LGBT+ youth charity group by charge a small booking fee for each of the events. The chosen charity for these events is DAZL (Dance Action Zone Leeds). DAZL is an organisation which provides activities for the most deprived communities in the city also ensure looked after children and children with disabilities and ensure they get access to opportunities free of charge.

This event is supported by Leeds Pride and is part of Leeds Pride and the date for Leeds first Sport Fringe Festival and the UK's first LGBT Sport Fringe Festival will be between 28th July and 6th August!


Take a look at the confirmed events so far below: 


Friday 28th July @ 6pm - 5 a side Football Tournament with Armley Leisure Centre working with The Yorkshire Terriers
A selection of teams within the LGBT community and supporting businesses taking part in a launch part at Armley Leisure centre working with The Yorkshire Terriers.

Saturday 29th July @ 10am - Mutt Walk for Pride, supported by 'Burns Natural Dog Food'
A 5k walk is planned along Leeds and Liverpool Canal, supported by Burns Natural dog food everyone who takes part will receive a free goodie bag, with some literature and sample of some dry dog food.

Saturday 29th July @ 1pm - Leeds to Bingley and Bingley to Leeds Canal Bike ride'
Meeting at the entrance to the canal next to the Hilton Double Tree hotel at 1pm heading towards Bingley stopping off at the Five Locks and having a 'refreshment' before heading back to Leeds.

Route Details
From - To: Leeds to Bingley and Bingley back to Leeds
Distance: 34 miles
Terrain: Canal towpath. Surface is mostly good with some tarmac

Route Description
Looking for a day that takes in beautiful countryside, rich industrial history, stunning scenery, galleries, shops, museums, the longest canal in the country and even a world heritage site? Then it’s the Aire Valley Towpath for you! 

With gentle gradients and smooth surfaces along the length of the route, you’ll find the route ideal if you want an easy day’s pedalling, or if you have small children or are a wheelchair user.
The Aire Valley Towpath route encompasses both vibrant urban areas and beautiful countryside, taking you on a peaceful journey through Leeds and out past Kirkstall Abbey, Bramley Fall, Rodley, Calverley Woods, Apperley Bridge, Buck Wood at Thackley, Shipley, Hirst Wood, Dowley Gap and the Three and Five Rise Locks at Bingley.

The Locks are an 18th-century engineering masterpiece which operates as a 'staircase' flight in which the lower gate of one lock forms the upper gate of the next. When completed in 1774, thousands gathered to watch the first boats make the 60-foot descent. Now, over 200 years later, the flight is still in daily use.

Sunday 30th July @ 10am - All Abilities fun circuit session in Roundhay Park
This event will be held in Roundhay Park and will be for all abilities! Everyone welcome to join in! 

A fun, free circuits session for the LGBT ️‍ community in celebration of Leeds Pride

Just let me know what category you fall into so I can accommodate everyone:
a) Unfit and scared I won't be able to manage
b) Do a bit of exercise, but not much
c) Am reasonably fit
d) I am obsessed with fitness

Sunday 30th July @ 14:30pm - Aerial Yoga at Workhouse Fitness Club

This 1.5hr workshop has been specially created for the LGBT Fringe Sports Festival in order for you to experience the amazing fun of Aerial Yoga. In addition to this you will gain knowledge of the numerous benefits this form of Yoga can provide, as well as learning the main holds & hand positions necessary to work with the fabric.

You will be seated in the hammock at the beginning, folded over the hammock for a downward dog, resting back in to the hammock during Sun Salutations and suspended in the hammock for inversions, as well as flipping in and out!

Suitable for all levels, and no previous experience of yoga or aerial work is needed, just a sense of adventure!


Sunday 30th July @ 10.20am - The Hills have gays and Outdoor Lads will be hosting ‘Pre-Pride The Hills have Gays and Outdoor Lads flock to Hebden Bridge'

The Hills have Gays' and 'Outdoorlads.com' team up to bring you this Pride event! Where it all started for The Hills have Gays,let's go for a walk up towards Todmorden from Hebden Bridge! Let's hope for hot weather and chill on the beach and maybe go for a paddle! 
A fairly easy walk (as long as you stick to the path). Being honoured to be joined and supported by the UK's biggest outdoor activity group for gay/bi-sexual men

What is OutdoorLads?
As a gay outdoor pursuits group, every month we run a wide range of activities. There’s something for everyone no matter what your interest!

We will be meeting at Leeds train station at 10.20am and catching the train to Hebden Bridge arriving at 12pm, where we will set off and head to Todmorden. The members of 'The Hills have Gays' have expressed interest in eating in Hebden Bridge.

Anybody meeting us at Hebden Bridge we will wait until 12.15pm for those making their own way there! Also for those getting a train get your return ticket to Todmorden, same cost as Hebden but you will be charged more on returning from Todmorden if your ticket says Hebden Bridge!

Bring friends, family and even your dogs! This is where the group originally started walking so we've decided to help kick off Leeds Pride on the original route, it is fairly easy and we all start together and finish together!

Monday 31st July @ 6pm - Power of Silk Group Training session Abdominal Workout at The Cosmopolitan Hotel

This will be a great starter/taster session focusing on abdominal work, ideal for all from starters to advance. Come along see what techniques Danny uses and maybe there will be something new that you have not tried before!

The session will be held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Monday 31st July 2017 @ 6pm.
Danny will be confirming space for changing within the hotel over the next couple of days, but if you can arrive ready dressed for the gym that's even easier! Don't forget your water and bring lots of energy!!

Monday 31st July @ 7.15pm - 'Fitness Combat at The Cosmopolitan Hotel'
Combat fitness is a form of exercise that is derived from military training programs, most notably the United States Marines. The program focuses on both aerobic and strength training with minimal specialised equipment and no need for a set exercise location. Combat fitness revolves around four core tenets: "train like an athlete," "strive for a harder core," "take pride in exercise technique" and "don't allow for any weak spots." In the Marines, combat conditioning is tested using a Combat Fitness Test

In 2003, after seeing a significant increase in the number of non-combat injuries, the Marines decided to update their training methods, using the latest exercise science studies and techniques. It soon was copied by other military programs around the world and in the private sector. Combat conditioning quickly became a popular method for achieving all-around conditioning.

The four tenets of combat conditioning focus on making combat workouts effective, engaging and simple. The first tenet, "train like an athlete," focuses on power exercises that both strengthen and build impact resistance in order to prevent injuries. The second tenet, "strive for a harder core," eliminates excess weight from the middle and builds stamina. "Take pride in exercise technique" is the third tenet, and it involves focusing on exercises that improve posture and body alignment in order to prevent injury and maximise workout effectiveness. The final tenet, "do not allow for any weak spots," emphasises a balanced conditioning in strength, stamina, speed and agility.

Tuesday 1st August @ 6pm
Steve frost will be hosting 'Kick Boxing a taster session' Steve will be offering an insight into the kickboxing world at 'Lee Matthews British Military Martial Arts'

Thursday 3rd August @ 6.30pm Leeds Frontrunners will be hosting 'Canal Run'
Join the Frontrunners for an early evening run along Leeds and Liverpool canal. meeting outside Candlebar and heading west along the towpath towards Kirkstall.

The towpath is flat and fairly even underfoot. They'll operate an out and back route so easy to measure your distance and when you need to turn back! The plan is to have two or three run leaders on the night so we can have a couple of groups allowing people to choose a pace that suits.

Thursday 3rd August @ 6.45pm - LGBT Yoga for Pride 2017
An induction to the basics of yoga... get strong, flexible and de-stress, all in 60 minutes! Join Helena (as seen on 'Made in Leeds TV') at her studio in Headingley for a special class inclusive to everybody in celebration of Leeds Pride 2017.

Friday 4th August @ 14:00pm - Signature HIIT session at Firehouse Fitness Leeds

Saturday 5th August @ 9am - Leeds Frontrunners will be hosting 'Pride 5k Park Run'Leeds Frontrunners are taking over Woodhouse Moor parkrun again!! Come and join us for a fun trot around the park accompanied by an assortment of rainbow flags and glitter. There may even be a freebie or two!! Meet 8:45am for a prompt 9am start.

These are the first confirmed events for 'Leeds LGBT Sport Fringe Festival' over the next coming weeks more will be getting confirmed please keep an eye on the Facebook page and for MORE upcoming events:


They have more exciting support to be confirmed. This is going to be not just Leeds first Sport Fringe Festival but the UK's first Sport Fringe festival where the care and support of members of the community wanting to give something back to help make Leeds Pride 2017 as successful as possible!


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