Goal achieved for graduates of Academy 92
The first students to graduate from a new and unique programme with Academy 92 and Trafford College have all secured a future in education or on the pitch – with five offered contracts to play professionally for Salford City FC.
Academy 92, which was launched in 2017, is an initiative founded by the ‘Class of 92’ (Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs) and Salford City FC, which the world famous players own.
The idea, inspired by Gary Neville, sees talented young players aged between 16 and 18 sign up for a 2 year programme offering a range of qualifications and personal skills development, as well as football skills, to prepare them for a range of future careers.
College-leavers Sam Adetiloye, Kamar Moncrieffe, Anointed Chukwu, Alex Doyle and Brandon Lockett have been invited to join Salford City FC, which plays its first league game in August since the stars took over the running of the club.
Salford City spokesperson Will Moorcroft said: “Instead of just being young footballers, they are also being built up into young professionals. At Trafford College they have picked up teamwork and leadership, and all those traits carry over into football.”
Academy 92 gives aspiring professional footballers the chance to gain a Level 3 Diploma in Sport Science thanks to Trafford College’s wide range of vocational opportunities. In May, the students’ business acumen proved instrumental in Trafford College’s Sports Department’s win for best stall in the Altrincham Market Challenge.
Mr Moorcroft added: “Our partnership with the College is about making sure these youngsters have a back-up plan so that they can choose what they want to do, if they do not get offered a contract with Salford City FC.”
Other graduates of Academy 92 have secured contracts with football clubs such as Glossop North End and Taunton, Somerset, while more still have continued into higher education.
Trafford College Head of Studies for Sport & Public Services, Damian Harris, said: “We are delighted to have given these young men the opportunity to pursue several options as well as professional football. Our teaching and learning of aspiring footballers at Academy 92 is on-going as we welcome our latest cohort into college this September.”
“Well done to all of the first graduates of our Academy 92 programme who now have academic qualifications as well as football and coaching experience from which they can move on.”
The five students with offers for Salford City FC will have the chance to play their first Division Two match at Moor Lane in Kersal on Saturday 3rd August should they accept their contracts, training at least four days a week at the club’s Partington facility.
Salford City FC signing, Kamar Moncrieffe, 18 from Wythenshawe commented,
“Signing for Salford City is a dream come true. It’s amazing to be finally becoming a professional footballer after working so hard and encountering a few disappointments along the way. My family are so proud of me.
“It’s been great being a part of the Academy and studying at Trafford College. You never know what the future has to offer and you have to have a plan B just in case things don’t work out.”