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Footballer helps team GB win silver at World University Games

Graeme Law, a third year BA Physical Education & Sports Coaching student at York St John, is celebrating winning a silver medal as part of the Great British football team at the World University Games.

Graeme was selected in a squad of 20 for team GB, made up of students from across the UK. The team defeated Ghana, Canada, South Korea and then Brazil on penalties en route to the final. Despite a sterling performance by team GB, they were unable to prevent a strong Japanese side from clinching the gold medal with a 2-0 win in front of around 30,000 fans at the Shenzhen Stadium.

The Games, held in Shenzhen, China, are the world's third largest sporting event behind only the Olympics and the Asia Games. The bi-annual event saw over 12,500 students from 150 countries compete across 20 sports, with Great Britain competing in 15.

Graeme, a former professional player for York City FC, Dundee and Tamworth, plays part-time for Northwich Victoria alongside his studies. For the past three summers he has taken on coaching responsibilities at La Manga in Spain, the biggest sports complex in Europe. He is a UEFA ‘B’ Qualified Coach. Following his degree Graeme hopes to coach football at a professional level.

Commenting on the team’s win Graeme said:

“The whole team were absolutely thrilled to come home with a silver medal from the Games. Despite our defeat in the final, the men’s football team achieved their best ever finish at a World University Games, and this is something extra special to be proud of.”

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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