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We are excited to confirm that entries are now open for this year’s UK Sports Law Competition (UKSLC). The competition will take place on Friday 14 June 2024 at the iconic Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City Football Club.

How does it work?

At the UKSLC, students will compete in teams of two and will be tested on their ability to think commercially when faced with fictitious topical legal problems within the sports industry. The panel of judges will be made up of professionals from across the sports industry including lawyers, CEOs, commercial managers and directors representing a spectrum of sporting companies/ organisations.

What can students win?

There will be attractive prizes for the students including work experience in our Gateley Legal business.

It is also a great networking opportunity for students and will look great on their CVs, particularly when applying for training contracts.

Event timings & venue

9.30am - 5.30pm, Friday 14th June 2024

Etihad Stadium, Manchester City Football Club

Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF 

Agenda for the day

Time Session
9.30am Arrival and registration
10am Bridge][ability Masterclass
11.15am Negotiation 1 
12.15pm Feedback
1pm Lunch
2pm Negotiation 2
3pm Feedback
4pm Closing ceremony and prize giving
4.30pm Drinks and networking


Travel to the Stadium

By tram: Please board the Ashton-Under-Lyne or Etihad Campus routes. The journey takes approximately 8 minutes from Piccadilly Station and then reception is just a short walk from the tram stop.

By train: Manchester Piccadilly is the closest station and is a short tram journey from the stadium.

Driving: For all attendees who are driving to the event, please enter the Etihad campus via Gate 11, just off Ashton New Road (A662) and park in A or B (yellow car park) (satnav postcode M11 3FF).

Parking: Visitors should drive into the Etihad Campus via Gate 11, just off Ashton New Road (A662) and park in A or B (yellow car park). (Please then enter the stadium via the Colin Bell (West) Stand Reception – Entrance ‘U’. Car parking is complimentary.)

Negotiation masterclass overview

This short masterclass is designed to give attendees a brief introduction to some of the key components of negotiation.

The masterclass will examine the different types of negotiation, how to identify them and how to adjust one’s behaviour in order that is appropriate to the situation. Attendees will also be introduced to the differences between selling and negotiation and how to trade conditionally, which will allow them to maximise what they take from their negotiations.

Everyone will leave the masterclass with something that they will be able to use immediately.

Bridge][ability is a leading commercial negotiation consultancy working globally to provide consultancy, training and digital solutions that help businesses negotiate more effectively.

Using only senior commercial consultants, our team provides support on mergers and acquisitions, joint business plans, strategic planning and price increases. We provide a range of impactful bespoke or open programs designed to equip and improve the skills of the people conducting your negotiations.

Our 25+ years’ experience span: FMCG, retail, technology, energy, manufacturing, sport, media, financial services and the public sector.

Enter your team

Participant tickets

Universities/ Institutions can enter a team (made up of two students) into the competition for £150 (+VAT) per team.

This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. You may enter a maximum of two teams per University/ Institution. Subject to availability, we may be able to extend this to 3 or 4 teams at a later date.

Supporter tickets

You may also buy entry tickets for Supporters for £25 (+VAT).

A Supporter must be a representative from the University/ Institution. You may buy a ticket for a maximum of one Supporter per team entry. The fee covers lunch for the Supporter and also tea and coffee throughout the day. The Supporter has the opportunity to observe the negotiations for their team in accordance with the competition rules.

Please see below the documentation for this year’s Sports Law Competition.

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