Eight obscure Olympic sports you can try in Leeds
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Fancy your chances at the 2020 games?

There’s nothing quite like sitting back and watching the Olympics on telly – except going out and actually participating in the sports of course.

Every four years we get a chance to catch planet Earth’s highest echelon of sporting talent compete, and every time we tell ourselves: “one of these days, I’m going to take up one of those sports”.

Well, today is that day, and in the spirit of variety, here are some slightly more obscure Olympic sports that you can take a crack at in and around Leeds right now.


Judo is one of the less talked-about martial arts, but personally, we think that’s daft. This club is right in the middle of the city centre, so if you’re a student, you’ll not have far to walk to your classes. It’s just a stone’s THROW away (sorry).

The Edge Spa, Willow Terrace Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT – more info


What is handball? Well, obviously it’s the opposite of football, so if you’re looking for a sport that as far away from the every-day game, this might just be the one for you.

Leeds University Union, Leeds, LS2 9JS – more info

Equestrian Dressage

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Fear not if you don’t know the first thing about horse riding, because Back Lane Stables in New Farnley offer tutoring for all skill levels, regardless of how many times you’ve fallen off.

Back Lane, Leeds, LS12 5HH – more info


You might have assumed that Leeds would be sparse of canoeing opportunities, but you’d be wrong. The Leeds Canoe Club offers your plenty of chances to ride the water.

Leeds Rugby Academy, Leeds, LS5 3RP – more info


Don’t worry, the fencing club at the Royal Armouries won’t have you competing with giant claymores or Napoleonic cannons. It’s just your regular old foils here.

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT – more info


Trampolining is tough, but get good and you can amaze all and sundry with your aerodynamics. Plus, you could use this as an excuse to have a full sized trampoline in your garden. Awesome, right?

Smeaton Approach, Leeds, LS15 8TA – more info


Gymnastics is definitely one of the more difficult sports on this list, and one of the most diverse, but so, so incredible when you make progress.

Limewood Road, Leeds, LS14 1AB – more info

Water Polo

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Both Armley and Morley Leisure Centres put on Water Polo classes, so although it’s a bit of a trek getting there if you live elsewhere, finally you have the opportunity to learn how the Polo that doesn’t involve horses works.

Carr Crofts, Leeds, LS12 3HB – more info


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