Sports student and football star selected for World Student Games
Graeme Law, a second year BA Physical
Education & Sports Coaching student at York St John, has been
selected for the football team to represent Great Britain at the
World Student Games.
The Games, to be held in Shenzhen, China, are
the world's third largest sporting event behind only the Olympics
and the Asia Games. The bi-annual event starts on 12 August, and
will see over 12,500 students from 150 countries compete across 20
sports, with Great Britain competing in 15.
Graeme, aged 26, has been selected in a squad
of 20 for team GB, made up of students from all over the UK. The
team are attending a training camp in Ostersund, Sweden, in
preparation for the Games, before leaving for China on 3 August.
Their first match is a friendly against Brazil on 8 August, and
then three group games against Canada, Ghana and Japan before
hopeful progression to the knockout stages.
A talented footballer from an early age,
Graeme signed as a professional player for York City FC at the age
of 16 after a number of years captaining their Under 11 and Under
15 teams. Following his stint in York, Graeme returned to his
Scottish roots to join Dundee at the age of 21, where he played in
the Scottish Cup Final against Gretna at Hampden Park. In 2006 he
joined forces with Tamworth to play in the Conference North league.
He now plays for Stalybridge Celtic in Blue Square North part-time.
For the past three summers he has taken on coaching
responsibilities at La Manga in Spain, the biggest sports complex
in Europe. He is now a UEFA ‘B’ Qualified Coach.
Commenting on his performance and selection to
the World Student Games in China, Mark Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in
“Graeme is a talented footballer with a sharp
focus on his studies here at York St John. After enjoying a career
in football from an early age he made the decision to develop his
academic abilities alongside his passion for the sport. I wish him
and the team every success for their time at the Games in
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