• York College of Law Sports Day 2008 & Tug-of-Law for law firms and student

    6 May 2008


    Rival law firms from across the region descended on The College of Law in York to tough it out, not in the courts of law but on the College playing fields at Bishopthorpe on Saturday April 26th. Also taking part were teams of law students from universities across the north and north east.

    In the special ‘Tug of Law’ the firms tested their pulling power against each other and against law students added some fun to the day and raised money for two local charities.

    In the special ‘Tug of Law’ the firms tested their pulling power against each other and against law students added some fun to the day and raised money for two local charities.

    The event, this year sponsored by DLA Piper, Eversheds and NatWest is now in its third year and has just got bigger and bigger.

    The day-long tournament took place in the grounds of the Law College well known for its netball, football and rugby teams, and set out to find the fittest law firm and sportiest student law society. The sports day included seven-a-side rugby, five-a-side football and a netball tournament.

    In the special ‘Tug of Law’ the firms tested their pulling power against each other and against law students added some fun to the day and raised money for two local charities.

    The following teams entered: Addleshaw Goddard, Dickinson Dees LLP, Eversheds, DLA Piper, Gordons LLP, Hammonds, Muckle LLP, Sintons and Walker Morris, and teams of student lawyers from various universities including: Leeds, Hull, Newcastle and York, and also rival law school BPP. In all over 300 players and their supporters enjoyed the sport, fun and a bit of sun on the sports fields adjacent to York race course.

    Ruth Williamson, Solicitor, DLA Piper and netball captain commented, "Fantastic day! Really good atmosphere, great day had by all".

    Claire Evans, Graduate Recruitment Officer added, "The day offers an interesting and different way for students and employers to meet and get to know one another and I know that DLA Piper is delighted to support such a worthwhile event".

    Mark Rankin, Trainee Solicitor, Dickinson Dees said, ”Great chance to meet lawyers from other law firms and universities across the North and we will definitely be back again next year”.

    Kate Rackstraw, Solicitor, Eversheds and netball team captain said "Excellent fun and teambuilding experience. Eversheds is proud to be sponsoring such a great day".

    Andrew Coyne, Leeds University Student Law Society Sports Secretary said "The York Sports Day is now one of the must attend events of the year for all of us Leeds

    University lawyers who like to play sport. Thanks to The College for organising such a great event again".

    Stephen Leckenby, Hull University SLS football team captain said "We had a really great day, the competition was fantastic and I can’t wait to go to York next year to do my LPC".

    Money raised from the ‘Tug of Law’ will go to the Acute Stroke Unit Fund at York Hospital and Rydale Special Families.

    Paul Aber, Director of the York College of Law said:

    "As well as being a lot of fun, the day offers something for everyone and I would like to thank all involved particularly our sponsors for making it happen. Lots of our students at York like to play sport and help with the organisation of the day. Would be solicitors from universities and The College and other law schools and lawyers from law firms can meet and compete against each other. It gives firms the opportunity for their staff to get together and bond through a bit of sport and it gives our alumni the chance to come back to York and see old friends and the staff here. There are 3 levels of competition for each sport so all teams get a good chance to progress and win something and of course by taking part everyone involved is raising money for charity. Lawyers like to win so some of the games were pretty fiercely contested. Despite a few bumps, bruises and sunburnt faces all the teams that came on Saturday said that they want to take part again next year".

    The Rugby Cup was well won by York College of Law A who showed superior skill, speed and endurance on the day knocking out Leeds University in the final. The Plate went to York University Student Law Society.

    The winners of the Netball Cup were The College of Law, Chester, who just beat York College of Law team out in the final. Leeds University Student Law Society were awarded the Plate beating York University Student Law Society.

    Leeds University Student Law Society just pipped Dickinson Dees in the Football Cup with Hammonds winning the Football Plate and York College of Law team coming back strongly to take the Party trophy.

    All current and former staff and students are welcome to join the web-based Alumni Association by registering at www.collegeoflawalumni.co.uk.

    For further information about the event, please contact Catherine Marshall, Marketing Manager, The College of Law York on 01483 216170 or e-mail catherine.marshall@lawcol.co.uk.

    Further information

    Contact Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk).