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Gary Neville’s Hotel Football announces partnership with Young Enterprise and Trafford schools

Trafford’s community fund to support UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity in a bid to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs


Photograph by Peter Powell.    18-08-2015. Hotel Football

Photograph by Peter Powell. 18-08-2015.
Hotel Football


Hotel Football, owned by Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, has been fundraising on match-days to generate a community fund to give back to Trafford residents.  They have chosen to use funding raised so far to support high schools in Trafford to run the Young Enterprise Company Programme.

In addition Gary has offered a prize of an unpaid internship awarded to a stand-out student participating in the programme, for the summer of 2016.  The internship will be in one of the businesses in which he is involved.

The focus is on the eight schools in Trafford who have not taken part in Young Enterprise in the last two years.  The schools will receive a share of £6000 to run the Company Programme, as well as mentoring support from Hotel Football’s staff.

The community funding will support Young Enterprise from August 2015 to July 2016 and will see Hotel Football staff volunteering their time and experience to help students start and develop their own businesses or social enterprises. Each business will last for the academic year and students will be responsible for everything from design concept to selling, marketing strategies and financial planning, with the programme culminating in a celebration event at the Hotel in  March 2016.

The aim is to excite and educate the students and develop their passion and ambition for entrepreneurship, the world of work and vocational education. This will help them understand what it takes to become the next generation of successful business people.

Gary Neville, co-owner of Hotel Football said: “Hotel Football continues to play an integral role in the local community and encouraging young students to fulfill their potential through the Young Enterprise scheme, is a great example of this.

“The hotel’s team will offer their expertise to all participating students, and this, coupled with the excellent work Young Enterprise already does, will enable all students who enter the scheme to enter the wider world of work with an accomplished set of business-based skills.”

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise said: “This is excellent news.  We are very grateful for this generous support offered by Hotel Football and are proud to be working in partnership to ensure that more young people leave education ready for the world of work.  Business-based education provides a sound environment to develop enterprise, financial and life skills at an early age.  With this in place, we will see more young people approaching the increasingly competitive job market with the skills employers are looking for.”

Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council, added,

“We are delighted that Hotel Football is supporting Young Enterprise in Trafford schools. Trafford is one of the best places in the country to start a new business with over 900 businesses starting here in the first half of the year already. This support for our young people will undoubtedly help create some of our entrepreneurs of the future and we look forward to seeing some fantastic new business ideas.”


Photograph by Peter Powell.    18-08-2015. Hotel Football

Photograph by Peter Powell. 18-08-2015.
Hotel Football

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