"I gained not only practical legal experience but also many fantastic networking opportunities with individuals within the sporting field as well as solicitors and legal advisors working in partnership with Commonwealth Games Wales."
I was fortunate enough to secure a legal placement working with Commonwealth Games Wales in preparation for the upcoming 2022 Birmingham Games. As an individual with aspirations to work within the field of sports law, this placement was a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into the industry and to develop my network further.
The team at Commonwealth Games Wales were incredibly hospitable. Despite being forced to work remotely due to the ongoing pandemic, I was disadvantaged in no way. It was brilliant to play a real and meaningful part in the legal process of building up to a commonwealth games. I worked closely with the Chief Executive, Chris Jenkins, and a wider team of stakeholders to draft, amend and publish numerous documents that are being used in the selection process for the games. I attended meeting with representatives of all governing bodies of the sports taking part in the games to provide legal feedback on their plans and policies and saw my ideas and amendments being implemented into the policies being used for the upcoming games, which is incredibly rewarding. I certainly wasn’t there just to make up numbers.
I gained not only practical legal experience but many fantastic networking opportunities with individuals within the sporting field and also with solicitors and legal advisors working in partnership with Commonwealth Games Wales too.
This placement has only increased my passion for sports law and has given me great motivation and drive to achieve a career within sports law in the future.