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The old and the new for Anderton...

A Rovers Ladies legend is part of the team at Accrington & Rossendale College...

16 October 2018

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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.

So how useful will the partnership be?

“The collaboration between club and college will definitely be beneficial for all parties," said Anderton, who remains the Ladies' record-goalscorer.

“I knew about Rovers when the Ladies department was growing and Gemma [Donnelly] was a big part of that. In the seasons I spent at Rovers the club helped me develop as a person and a footballer.

“The young girls coming through now will be hugely impacted by the partnership and will see a development both as a footballer and a person as I did.

“The whole package is a positive one and being able to integrate football and education is a way forward.

“It’s a great initiative. The girls will benefit from the college and the knowledge we have as tutors will also be worthwhile."

And Anderton admits it's much different to any sort of education and sport balance that she had during her days as a Rovers player.

“When I was playing it was all very grassroots with the facilities, very basic," she explained.

"But I was fortunate to be at Blackburn and be at a team that was and still is forward-thinking when it came to Ladies football.

“The girls now coming through will have the use of top class facilities on a daily basis and work with tutors around football and on an academic footing.

“This will allow progress to be made beyond football if and when it is required. It wasn’t an option for me to combine my academics with football and it’s certainly something I’d have embraced.

“At the college we are used to seeing male and female pupils throw everything into football. They will only think of that as a pathway. But we’re very big to open other doors for them, and that’s where the BTEC courses come in.

“It keeps so many avenues open if their first choice – being a footballer – doesn’t go their way."

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