The Location of RIASA
The home of the RIASA football academy can be found three miles North East of Leeds City Centre.
We’re based in Leeds
Leeds is a vibrant city which is located in West Yorkshire, just over 1 hours drive from Manchester. Due to the central position of Leeds and the surrounding towns and cities, there are hundreds of professional and semi-professional football clubs within a 10-20 mile radius of our location, this means you’ll be joining a programme which truly is the home of football.
The RIASA campus
Set in an idyllic 100 acres parkland, we are fortunate to have access to outstanding sporting facilities, stunning architecture and a well located campus. The RIASA football programme runs from Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus. Headingley, a north east suburb of Leeds, offers students a culturally diverse experience.
Student living in Leeds
Leeds is one of the most diverse and exciting cities within the north of England. It’s vibrant, exciting and multicultural, offering a range of attractions, bars, restaurants and events across the city which makes it the perfect choice for students.
Best of both worlds
Headingley, the suburb of Leeds that is renowned for student living, is on the doorstep of RIASA. Here students can get the best of both worlds, by enjoying the cosmopolitan side of Headingley with trendy bars, shops and eateries, as well as being only a short taxi ride away from the hustle and bustle of the Leeds city centre.
A campus with stunning architecture
Over the last 200 years, the campus has played a huge part in Leeds history. The remarkable 100 acre green-space was a military hospital during the first world war. The campus was opened as Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992, and finally in 2014, was re-titled Leeds Beckett University.
Everything you need on campus
The campus where student athletes live, train, study and compete has great amenities for everyday living. The campus has several eating options, coffee shops and there is also a campus bar where students can relax and unwind.
Leeds City centre
Leeds Beckett Campus
Carnegie School of Sport
Leeds Beckett 3G Pitch
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West Yorkshire is the home of football
Passion. Emotion. Loyalty. These three words encapsulate everything that football stands for in West Yorkshire. We’re ‘die hard’ fans who are insanely committed to our local football teams. Within 10-20 miles there are more than 20+ professional clubs and hundreds of semi-professional teams too.
RIASA is the place to grow
You're joining to improve your football and to earn a highly recognisable US/UK dual accredited degree, but there’s so many more reasons as to why choosing RIASA will be the best decision you've ever made.
Your learning and understanding of the game will be accelerated as you live and breathe football on the RIASA programme, in the heart of a competitive football nation.
Leeds Offers a Fantastic Football Culture
By joining RIASA in Leeds you will be emerging yourself into a world of football. That means there are unbelievable opportunities for you to experience the English game at all levels. You can go to watch local games, play against other professional academies in the area and advance your footballing knowledge by placing yourself amongst other football obsessed students.
Leeds were promoted to the Premiership in 2020. Now the city where RIASA is located hosts big clubs and offers attractive football. The stadium holds 37,000 and on match days it offers a special experience.
A short 30 minutes drive down the motorway you will find the Terriers. Huddersfield are currently in the Championship, and enjoyed two years in the top flight from 2017-2019.
We have an historical connection with Bradford City. Mark Ellis played for them, and of course Nakhi Wells signed professionally for them after being on our programme, before he became the star he is today.
Halifax are a professional non-league club who play in the National League, tier 5 in English football. The stadium holds over 14,000 and they are famously known for signing England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in 2010.
We are International.
Join an international football programme. No matter where you’re from in the world, if you meet the academic requirements and you want to improve your soccer, you can apply to join our ever growing roster of diverse students.
enjoy the journey
It’s Life Changing.
By choosing our unique soccer programme you are investing in your future. You’ll mix with like minded individuals who share the same determination to achieve success.
a place to grow
We Develop You.
It’s intense at our football academy. Nothing worth having in life is easy and, with this in mind, each training session is fuelled with the intention of helping you to progress.
It’s Down to You.
We put you in positions to thrive. Every game, every training session and being surrounded by other talented soccer athletes helps you to grow. Commitment and passion are vital in helping you succeed on your RIASA journey.
WE ARE RIASA
We Are Unique.
There isn't another soccer academy that can offer the challenging football programme and high quality teaching that is available at RIASA. Earn a top class degree and enjoy moments that last a lifetime as you venture for success at our academy in Leeds.
Start Your Journey.
Embark on a rewarding and life changing soccer programme.