Manchester United’s Class of 92 launch coronavirus education grant scheme

Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Gary Neville arriving for the World premiere of documentary film The Class of 92. Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Manchester United's Class of 92 have have announced that they are offering coronavirus grants to people from Greater Manchester.

The University Academy 92 (UA92), the brainchild of the Neville brothers' and fellow Manchester United players, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes was founded in 2017.

The higher education institute was set up to offer a new approach to people's education. Based in Old Trafford, UA92 offers a range of degrees which focus on character development forged from the lessons learnt under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson in partnership with Lancaster University.

The UA92 coronavirus grant scheme, Kickstart, will offer 92 grants of £5,000 to people from Greater Manchester that have been financially impacted by coronavirus, to help them access higher education.

It is aimed at those who are out of work or living on reduced means due to the coronavirus outbreak and if successful, will allow them to study for a degree or a shorter course at University Academy 92.

Phil Neville (left) and Nicky Butt (right) help with training with the Salford City F.C. team at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

UA92 co-founder Gary Neville, said: 

“We already know that the impact of COVID-19 on Greater Manchester will be significant and that people without higher education qualifications or degrees will face the biggest hit to their income. That’s why we want to do what we can to help people develop their skills and future employment prospects.

“’We’ve set up the Kickstart Grants scheme to increase our support for people to access higher education - perhaps people who have never even considered it before - and open up new possibilities for themselves and their families.”

Kickstart Grants will be available across all UA92’s degree and seven-month Certificate of Higher Education courses, which include accounting and finance, business, computer science, media and sport.

Gary’s Class of 92 colleague and UA92 co-founder Ryan Giggs, adds: “One of our main drivers in setting up UA92 has been to break down the barriers many people face to gaining higher level skills. We want people that might not have had the most privileged start to gain outstanding qualifications and unlock new career opportunities."

More information on how to apply for a Kickstart Grant can be found here.