The University of Salford and the Class of ‘92
The road from grass roots to glory starts here…
The Class of ’92 are Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
The Manchester United legends have entered a five-year partnership with the University of Salford which will see our students play key roles in three major ventures.
Salford City FC; Hotel Football; Old Trafford Supporters’ Club.
Together, the Class of ’92 and the University of Salford will take each of these projects and turn them into successful business ventures that will be respected the world over.
Salford City FC is a semi-professional football club. Established in 1940, it has achieved mixed results but its fortunes took a turn for the better when the Class of 92 players bought the club in August 2014. “I’m confident that the involvement of students and staff will bring a more professional approach to Salford City,” says Gary Neville. “The partnership is a vital part of our strategy to bring success to the club.”
A few steps from Old Trafford stadium, Hotel Football is a four-star hotel with conferencing facilities. With a football-themed café, rooftop football pitch with panoramic views across Manchester and corporate hospitality experiences, the hotel will provide football fans with the ultimate match-day experience. It will also be home to the Old Trafford Supporters’ Club.
When Gary, Ryan, Paul, Philip and Nicky were still playing, they pledged to create a place for all the fans that turned up week in and week out, and travelled around the country to support their team. Old Trafford Supporters’ Club is the culmination of that pledge. Opening in March 2015, it will take over a whole floor of Hotel Football and become a hub for fans to gather for home and away games; a social space for fans of all ages.
Our students will help to develop each venture. They’ll film and report on matches and create training and nutrition plans for players. They’ll develop business plans and digital marketing initiatives. They’ll create artwork and design kits.
Together, the Class of ’92 and the University of Salford will take each venture from grass roots to glory.
"The partnership is a central part of our vision and we’re really lucky to be able to make the most of the enthusiasm and skills of some fantastic students and the incredible facilities at the University."
Salford Business School
"Our staff and students can provide the Class of ’92 with impressive expertise in a huge range of areas and I’m looking forward to the partnership being a great success."
Gary Neville. Nicky Butt. Paul Scholes. Phil Neville. Ryan Giggs.
Five guys from one of Manchester United’s most celebrated squads.
Each one a legend. All with passionate ties to Salford.
Bound together by footballing success and a common desire to feed back into the community where they learned their trade and came of age.
"The Class of ’92 were given a chance when we were young by Manchester United, so now we want to give something back and provide the best opportunities possible for Salford students and other young people in the community."
Salford City FC street wear fashion range
Open to: Third year BA Fashion Design students
A selected group of third year BA Fashion Design students are creating a range of street wear as part of their final year projects. The designs have been pitched and considered by Gary Neville and Nicky Butt, and all five members of Class of 92 will be involved in the final judging. The team hope to take some of the finished pieces to market in 2015.
Hotel Football artwork
Open to: Arts & Media students
Art & Design students were invited to submit artwork to be displayed in Hotel Football. The 133-bedroom four star hotel is just a few steps from Old Trafford stadium and is being led by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs under their GG Hospitality venture.
Students were asked to create artwork around the theme ‘Football – what does it mean to you.’ The successful 68 images, chosen by Gary Neville and the hotel’s management team, will now hang on the walls of the bedrooms, conference areas and Café Football dining area.#
Living away from home and missing your local footy team? Fear not: you have a new local team now.
Salford City FC is the football team owned by the Class of 92 players: Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. As part of our partnership with the Class of 92, students across the university are helping to run the club, along with its partner ventures Hotel Football and Old Trafford Supporters’ Club.
If you’re not involved in any of the current projects, you can still get behind the team for an afternoon (or evening) of top entertainment.
Get a group of friends, get on the bus and get behind the lads at Salford City FC: your new local team.
For fixtures and tickets see http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/salfordcityfc/
The Class of ’92 and the University of Salford have agreed a partnership which will see students and academics heavily involved in the development of Salford City FC, the Old Trafford Supporters’ Club and Hotel Football.
Signed at the Salford City v Class of ’92 friendly held at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday 7 August 2014, the unique collaboration between the University and Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt gives the opportunity for Salford students studying a wide range of courses to use their knowledge and expertise to contribute to the success of Salford City FC.
At the same time, it forms a key part of the Class of ‘92’s aim to invest in and create opportunities for young talent and to build on the Club’s roots in the local community.
In the partnership’s first project, broadcast and journalism students filmed and reported live on the friendly match. Both undergraduates and postgraduates will cover Salford City matches throughout the season, together with major milestones in the club’s transformation.
Sports and health science students will work closely with the Club’s coaching and physio staff to develop comprehensive strength and conditioning training programmes and nutrition plans for Salford City players, who will use the University’s state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab and other facilities to monitor their fitness and progress.
Salford Business School students and staff from the School’s Centre for Sports Business will work on digital marketing initiatives, along with corporate finance and event management, helping to deliver the ex-United players’ ultimate ambition of creating the world’s first digital, ‘always on’ football club, giving fans unrivalled access to behind-the-scenes activities and up-to-the-minute information about Salford City’s ongoing development.
Beyond their involvement with Salford City, the University’s broadcast and media production students will also work with the Class of ’92 on a documentary following the construction, opening and operation of Hotel Football – the new hotel, including the Old Trafford Supporters’ Club fans’ bar and restaurant, due to open next to Old Trafford football ground in November 2014.
Commenting on the partnership, Gary Neville said: “The Class of ’92 were given a chance when we were young by Manchester United, so now we want to give something back and provide the best opportunities possible for Salford students and other young people in the community.
“This partnership is a central part of our vision and we’re really lucky to be able to make the most of the enthusiasm and skills of some fantastic students and the incredible facilities at the University.
“Whether it’s sports science, digital expertise or journalism, the University and its students offer so many things which are relevant to a football club and our other projects. I’m confident that the involvement of students and staff will bring a more professional approach to Salford City and the partnership is a vital part of our strategy to bring success to the club and hopefully go as high as we can up the football pyramid.”
University Pro Vice-Chancellor and Salford Business School Dean Professor Amanda Broderick said: “The internship, placement and research opportunities for our students through our exclusive partnership with the Class of ’92 are incredible.
“Salford has always led the way in industry engagement and our work with Salford City, Hotel Football, the Old Trafford Supporters’ Club and on other projects further strengthens our commitment to our graduates’ career success and contribution to our community.
“Our staff and students can provide the Class of ’92 with impressive expertise in a huge range of areas and I’m looking forward to the partnership being a great success.”
The partnership will initially run for a five-year period but Ryan Giggs is confident that its success will lead to a long-lasting relationship. “We’re committed to Salford City FC, Hotel Football and the local community for the long term,” he confirmed, “and we see our partnership with the University of Salford as a massively important part of this commitment. We’re really looking forward to working with the students on a wide range of exciting projects for many years to come.”
More than 50 artworks created by University of Salford students have been chosen to grace the walls of Hotel Football, the new hotel being developed by Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, thanks to a unique project.
As part of the University’s exclusive partnership with Manchester United’s ‘Class of ‘92’ (Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt), Art & Design students were given the chance to produce football-themed art for the hotel, which will open next door to Old Trafford stadium in early March 2015.
After Gary Neville visited the University to personally brief students on the project, over 100 artworks were submitted in a range of media – including paintings, graphic design prints, photography, sculpture, illustration, screen printing and digital design.
And at a judging session yesterday (Thursday 6 November) Gary, Hotel Football Managing Director Stuart Procter and General Manager Stewart Davies, along with Project ’92 Media Manager Di Law, selected over 50 pieces which will be hung in many of the hotel’s 133 bedrooms and its Old Trafford Supporters’ Club social space for fans, and will be available for guests to purchase.
Gary said: "Whilst art was not one of the original activities that we had thought about collaborating on with the University of Salford, we had been so impressed by the students that when it came to obtaining artwork for Hotel Football, we asked whether this may be something that would interest them.
“We were told that, due to timescales, the project would have to be ‘off curriculum’ and any interested individuals would have to do the work in their own time. With this in mind, we were amazed when we came to give the project briefing that over 250 students turned up, which was fantastic.
“The energy and excitement that they showed was great to see, particularly as this was something they would have to work on in and around their own studies. We’ve been really impressed with the quality of the final artworks and we’re looking forward to seeing the pieces we’ve selected up on the walls at Hotel Football and to working with the students to promote their work wherever we can.”
University Director of Art & Design, Roy Chilvers, added: “When Gary asked if we’d like to offer students the chance to use wall space to hang their work, and to sell it, in the rooms of Hotel Football we saw it as a great way to involve students from all year groups and across all our courses.
“Art & Design students often work with external clients as part of their studies, but the University’s partnership with the Class of ’92 gives them an incredible opportunity to work on very high profile projects like Hotel Football with people like Gary.
“The interest from our students was so great that we had to move Gary’s briefing session to a bigger room and much of the artwork which has been submitted is of an extremely high standard.
“Given that the national game divides opinion, and cities, we’re hope that the interesting and thought-provoking work which has been chosen for display at Hotel Football will keep guests entertained and inspired when they come to stay in Manchester.”
The partnership between the Class of ’92 and the University of Salford involves students and staff across the University working on areas including Salford City FC, Hotel Football and Old Trafford Supporters Club. Broadcast and journalism students already film all Salford City’s home matches, while sport science students take team training sessions and provide physio support on matchdays.
As the partnership develops, there will be a wide range of further opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates from other courses to be involved in exciting internship, placement and research opportunities.