Manchester City has finalised a 10-year educational link with Manchester Metropolitian University.
It maintains the partnership, which also includes the city council, will “enhance the sporting and educational legacy in the city”.
In a statement the university said it would cover a variety of programmes that will create a platform for community engagement and sports development.
This will include educational opportunities for city’s male and female players and career development programmes for MMU students.
Vice chancellor Professor John Brooks said: “This is an exciting relationship which reflects our shared values in the communities that we serve and build on of vision of a city of sport, health and opportunity.
“Working with an organisation like Manchester City will expand the university’s potential audience and allow both local and international students opportunities to improve their skills and employment outlook.”
Jon Stemp, chief infrastructure officer at City Football Group, said: “MCFC, MMU and Manchester City Council share a common set of values and priorities, which is what makes this partnership so special. We all believe in the value of education, as evidenced in our academy programmes and work with the Connell College, in developing good people, and in bringing world class sport to our communities.
“Manchester City has been deeply rooted in the city for more than 120 years, and the Club’s foundation for 27 years. This unique relationship allows us to continue and grow that commitment with our trusted partners.”