With Manchester’s rich football history, there was great fanfare when the National Football Museum relocated to the city center from Preston in 2012.

A vast collection of iconic football memorabilia and interactive games wow crowds on a daily basis. And for UCFB Etihad Campus students, it’s also one of a number of unique campus locations throughout the self-proclaimed “football capital” of England.

The museum, located outside the Printworks and Manchester Arndale shopping centre on Todd Street, has quickly become one of the favourite interactive classrooms for UCFB students. UCFB has been developing a relationship with the museum for a number of years, which has led to some students being offered paid work experience.

The museum allows students to interact with the game’s history and its place in the cultural fabric of not just the UK, but the world over.

Additionally, each first year student at UCFB Etihad Campus has the opportunity to learn about the history and development of the football industry with a special VIP tour, which includes a photograph with a famous football trophy and a penalty shootout.

UCFB academic Mohammed Seedat, who delivers football business and marketing programmes, has taken a number of his students to the museum. He said: “I believe every student should experience the world of football beyond the lecture theatre and classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development. Such visits often lead to memorable learning experiences and help students make sense of the football industry by making links with the theory and practice.”

He added: “Learning at the National Football Museum makes it more enjoyable and relevant to students. I am trying to create a better world of learning.”