Rovers Ladies recently announced that Accrington & Rossendale College will be the new Regional Talent Club sponsors.
The deal will see the RTC use the facilities to train - moving from their previous facilities at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.
On Sundays, the Ladies development team use Accross as their home match day venue.
As part of the agreement the across logo will feature on the shirts of the girls teams in the RTC. Accrington and Rossendale College will also have pitchside boards at both Ewood Park and the Ladies' ground at Bamber Bridge.
And a link between club and college is Katie Anderton. A former Rovers Ladies forward, for Anderton it’s a case of the old and new as she combines her playing experience with a passion for education – she is a lecturer at Accross.
Anderton first joined the club in 2003 and netted over 200 goals for Rovers Ladies across three spells, and she explains how the partnership will work.
“Currently at the college the academies train three mornings a week with game time embedded into the timetable," the former striker said.
“Their study programme is built around the training slots. There is a rest day on the Thursday, and what I have found is that you can see the teamwork and the ethos of working hard and playing hard.
“It sets people up to be rounded, respectful, open-minded individuals who are committed to the programmes. We get the best out of every individual who get involved.
“Amy Lucas is team leader and is someone who experienced our old centre of excellence, which is now the Regional Talent Club.
“It’s changed massively over the years, but the roots and bones of the system remain the same. Although I didn’t really come through an academy system, I feel I am moulded by the understanding instilled in me growing up through football.
“We are both passionate about football and education, and now the two can come together. We have a foot in both camps and are all for both elements. Our delivery comes from the love of football and education.
“If ever there is a lasting legacy it’s about getting it into the youngsters coming through now. As I am not playing anymore, the main thing for me is to pass on the knowledge and passion to the youngsters.”