Internationally renowned footballer Denis Law CBE received an honorary award of Doctor of Laws (Hon LLD) from Robert Gordon University last week.
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of RGU, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, conferred the award at the university’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 13 at 2.30pm.
The university chose to confer the degree on Mr Law in recognition of his achievements throughout his distinguished football career and his work with The Denis Law Legacy Trust.
The university works closely with The Denis Law Legacy Trust through RGU’s Streetsport initiative, which aims to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour while helping develop the employability and aspirations of young people in Aberdeen through sport.
Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, comments: “Denis Law has been an inspiration throughout his distinguished football career and he continues to achieve tremendous results through his work with The Denis Law Legacy Trust.
“Denis Law has maintained close links with the North-east and the university is immensely proud of the success of the Streetsport initiative, which was founded with The Denis Law Legacy Trust on our shared belief in investing in young people and helping them harness their energy to reach their full potential.”
Denis Law CBE was born in Aberdeen and rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest football players the world has ever seen.
Having played for Huddersfield Town, Manchester City, Torino and Manchester United, Mr Law is an icon of the game revered and loved throughout the football world.
He is best known for the 11 years that he spent playing for Manchester United, where his flair, spirit and genuine passion for the game made him a hero of a generation and he revelled in the nickname The King. A goal-scoring genius, he scored 237 goals in 404 appearances during his reign at Manchester United.
Mr Law is still the only Scottish football player to have won the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or Player of the Year Award.
In the 2016 Honours List Mr Law was appointed CBE for services to football and charity.
As a player, Mr Law was an inspiration to those around him at club and country level and to younger generations of fans everywhere. He is a free spirit, an extrovert, a complete one-off, a rare combination of impudence and intelligence, class and clout.
The Denis Law Legacy Trust was established in his honour to support and empower young people to be confident, capable, independent and responsible citizens within their own communities.
Keeping true to his routes in the North-east, Mr Law supports and endorses Streetsport, a non-profit initiative run by The Denis Law Legacy Trust and RGU in partnership with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which aims to reduce instances of youth crime and anti-social behaviour while helping develop the employability and aspirations of young people in Aberdeen through sport.
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