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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 Sport said:

“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 China.”

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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