New film to prove Manchester United 'is not a Manchester club'
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Manchester United stage Old Trafford challenge
A new film is setting out to prove what a certain set of football fans have always claimed - Manchester United is not in Manchester.
According to the film's producers, the borough of Trafford lives in the shadow of its two neighbouring cities, Manchester and Salford, and the project will aim to establish Trafford's unique identity.
If the coming film's claim is true, it will mean that Manchester United's great Premier League rivals Manchester City are the only football club actually based in Manchester.
Social landlord Great Places Housing Group has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant to make the Trafford Park Film Project, which will explore the industrial history of the area, focusing specifically on first jobs, apprenticeships and training at the Trafford Park Industrial Estate post World War II.
The filmmakers are inviting Old Trafford and Stretford residents of all ages to take part and celebrate the heritage of Trafford.
The project has been launched against the background of a comment by BBC reporter Evan Davis who said recently that Trafford should now be known as 'Manchester’.
Yet, according to Great Places, Trafford has a rich history and identity that goes way beyond Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
Sarah Riley, community development co-ordinator of Great Places, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Reelmcr and supporting this fantastic project. We strive to involve residents in our local communities and provide opportunities for young people to develop important life skills.”
The producers are looking for people who would like to contribute to the documentary – those who’ve lived in Trafford Park Village or had their first job at Trafford Park and are willing to share their stories and photographs, or people of all ages who would like to take part in a follow-up filmed drama – either to act or to learn all aspects of film-making.
Both the film and the documentary will then be used as an educational tool to inform and guide young people about the heritage of the industrial estate, highlighting what opportunities are available for young people today.
Community media company REELmcr is set to co-ordinate the project. Creative director Jacqui Carroll said: “The borough of Trafford lives in the shadow of its two neighbouring cities, Manchester and Salford, and this project aims to establish Trafford's identity, and Trafford Park's positive contribution to industry and economy in the North West and overseas.
“The project will instil pride in the participants for their community and will reconnect them with their heritage.”
Great Places is one of the largest housing associations in the north of England, and manages nearly 17,000 homes.