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Manchester United's 'Class of 92' to open university

Sky News logo Sky News 14/08/2019 Emily Mee, news reporter
Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes posing for a photo: Five of the 'Class of 92' are setting up a university © Getty Five of the 'Class of 92' are setting up a university

A group of former Manchester United players are opening a flexible university which will allow students to work alongside their studies.

Football stars Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt - from Manchester United's famous "Class of 92" - are behind the programme.

University Academy 92, which will open in September, gives students the option to take four-hour lectures in the morning or the afternoon for four days a week.

They say the timetable will give students the opportunity to work in their chosen careers without sacrificing their studies.

(Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

The degrees will be awarded by Lancaster University and include courses in accounting, business studies, sport and media studies.

Gary Neville said: "Our aim is that university students will of course leave with an academic qualification, but also a range of skills such as how to deal with pressure, an understanding of finance, leadership, presentational skills and also how to maintain a healthy body and mind.

"In other words the complete package to succeed in the workplace."

Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David A. Kennedy holding wine glasses: Some of the Class of 92, including Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, pose with the Champions League trophy © Getty Some of the Class of 92, including Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, pose with the Champions League trophy

According to the university's website, the curriculum will be "inspired by the experience and connections of the Class of 92".

It will be situated in a former Kellogg's site near Manchester United's training ground.

Each student will have access to their own personal development coach, inspired by the mentors the players had at the start of their careers, who included youth coach Eric Harrison and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The initial intake in September will be about 300 but the university hopes to take on 6,000 in future.

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