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UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 92?

The Class of 92 (Co92) have enjoyed some of the most successful careers in football. They met at Manchester United in the early 90s, and drove their club – and countries – to reach new heights. After stellar careers on the pitch, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville all went on to excel in highly pressurised and challenging environments in the world of media, and as businessmen. What’s more, their attitude towards preparedness, ability to dream big, and commitment to creating opportunity is recognised the world over. Now, working with Lancaster University, it’s time to give back.

They are passionate about helping others develop the mental and physical capabilities that prepared them to succeed. Put simply, they want to give young people a start in life that’s as exceptional as the character-defining experiences they shared – in the place where it all started for them, Manchester.

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THERE’S MUCH TO LEARN FROM THE CO92’S SUCCESS.

The UA92 team is working closely with the Co92 to explore, understand and unlock the secrets of elite performance to enhance our students’ learning experiences. From these unique foundations, UA92 will provide a higher education experience like no other, accelerating careers in sport, business, media and psychology.

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THE PRINCIPLES OF UA92

Gary Neville talks about the UA92 approach to education.

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WHAT DO THEY BRING?

The four subject areas of UA92 connect with the group’s collective expertise, and their passion to impart this to a new generation is unwavering. You’ll benefit from their industry connections, who will provide unrivalled learning opportunities and career development, while the principles of UA92 that underpin our curriculum, reflect Gary Neville’s personal principles to live by and aim to prepare each of our students for life. 

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Gary Neville, Class of 92

GARY NEVILLE

Gary is one of the most decorated English and European footballers of all time, with a total of 20 trophies, including eight Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He spent his whole playing career at Old Trafford, and has represented England as a coach and a player. He’s England's most-capped right-back, and was Manchester United's club captain for five years. Now he co-owns Salford City, and since retirement in 2011, has enjoyed success as a coach and a commentator, whilst becoming a successful and ambitious businessman.

Ryan Giggs, Class of 92

RYAN GIGGS

2009 Sports Personality of the Year, Ryan debuted with Manchester United in 1991. A talented left winger, he is one of the most decorated players in UK history and holds Manchester United’s record for competitive appearances. He has also enjoyed a successful management career, first as player-manager at Manchester United, and since retirement has acted as assistant manager, supporting Louis van Gaal. He was appointed an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours List for his services to football. He co-owns Salford City with the rest of the Co92 boys, is invested in a number of business ventures, and was recently appointed as the Wales Men's National Team manager.

DID YOU KNOW?

Ryan Giggs holds the record for the most assists in Premier League history (271) – and is the son of a pro rugby player.

PAUL SCHOLES

Paul is the most decorated English footballer of all time, with 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. He also co-owns Salford City. Paul played for Manchester United for his whole career, making 718 appearances – that’s the third-highest number in the club’s history, after Bobby Charlton and Co92 alumni Ryan Giggs. He also played for England from 1997 to 2004, gaining 66 caps. Renowned on the pitch for his performance as a well-rounded, tenacious, and versatile player, he is held in high regard by player, managers, and pundits from Xavi to Sócrates to Bobby Charlton and Alan Hansen.

Paul Scholes, Class of 92

DID YOU KNOW?

Phil and Gary Neville hold the record number for the most number of England appearances by a pair of brothers – they represented their country together 142 times.

Phil Neville, Class of 92

PHIL NEVILLE

As a Class of 92 alumnus, Phil is a successful coach, player and Salford City co-owner. Versatile in defence or midfield, he’s helped Manchester United bring home 6 Premier League titles, 3 FA Charity Shields, 3 FA Cups, the Intercontinental Cup and the Champions League before moving to Everton in 2005. He has also represented England 59 times. Phil earned his coaching license in 2012 and has inspired success for England Under 21s, Valencia, and Manchester United’s 1st team; currently the England Women's National Team manager. He’s also a popular pundit, appearing regularly on both TV and radio.

Nicky Butt, Class of 92

NICKY BUTT

Salford City co-owner, former England coach (and player), and head of coaching at the Manchester United youth academy, Nicky has enjoyed an exceptional career on and off the pitch. A top midfielder from 1992 to 2011, he began his career with Manchester United and spent 12 years in their first-team, winning 6 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, 4 FA Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup. He has also spent time with Newcastle United in 2004 and Birmingham City. As an England international he won 39 caps in a 7-year England career.

DID YOU KNOW?

Collectively, the Class of 92 have achieved: 311 International caps 13 Premier league titles 2 Champions League titles 1 OBE

It is a project with great potential and I hope their efforts make a genuine difference and provide opportunities in life for those that otherwise would not have been given a chance to realise their potential.
Sir Alex Ferguson | Former-Manager, Manchester United FC.