Leisure and Sports play a vital role in the Beeston Community. Beeston is home to two large stadiums attracting a useful economy to the area, with the widely known Elland Road which is home to Leeds United Football Club. The stadium has a huge all seater 42,000 capacity with modern facilities. Elland Road is located in the North of Beeston, with fantastic access onto the M621.
The second largest stadium is the South Leeds Stadium, and home to the newly developed John Charles Centre for sport. Situated next to the M1, the John Charles Centre for sport offers Leeds a great national spectator sports facility.
As well as this the newly built leisure centre offers an Aquatics and gym centre, athletics, bowls, 10 five-a-side football pitches, Hospitality, Table Tennis and tennis as well as a large fitness timetable. The swimming pool is a large 50 by 25 metre pool with moving floor, 800 seat spectator area, cafe and aerobics studio.
The recently extended Bodyline gym, located in the main stadium, has a 60 station gym with all the latest cardio and resistance equipment. The all-weather outdoor pitches includes third generation grass five-a-side football pitches, a full size all weather pitch and a quality grass playing surface with 2,500 seat grandstand for national and regional professional team sport events. The full size all weather pitch is suitable for a multitude of sports including hockey, rugby league training and football.
The John Charles Centre for sport also offers indoor athletics facilities such as a 6 lane 75 metre sprint track used by Leeds up-and-coming young athletes for sprint, hurdles and conditioning training. The facilities also include long jump, high jump, triple jump and pole vault, javelin throwing, discuss hammer and shot training cage as well as a specific high performance training area for athletes. The outdoor facilities consist of an 8 lane athletics track, outdoor throwing area and all jumping facilities provided for.
There is an array of fitness classes on offer at the centre, including Body Conditioning, which uses dumbbells and aerobic moves to give a fantastic all body workout, as well as Fab Abs, Yoga and Pilates which helps improve posture, muscle tone and muscle strength. Circuits is a multi group exercise for full fitness work outs and the Boxing circuit involves boxing training with the emphasis on technique, including speedball, pads and bags.
The John Charles Centre for sport also boasts a function suite suitable for anything from music events and product launches to large weddings and exhibitions for up to 2400 people, with ample parking. Recently there have been presentations, private celebrations, conferences, corporate meetings, Charity bashes and Music events held at the centre.
The John Charles centre for sport also boasts six indoor and six outdoor floodlit tennis courts which provide ideal Tennis coaching, competition and social tennis. The centre offers a complete adult coaching programme as well as weekly social tennis in a relaxed and friendly environment.
The Leeds leisure centre is also home to Leeds City Athletic Club who train throughout the year. The Hunslet Hawks rugby league club have been using the John Charles Centre for Sport since 1995. The following years have become some of the most successful in the club’s history since 1883. The Yorkshire Rams are one of the best know American football teams in Britain, using Leeds home grown talent and becoming an important part of the local community.