CREWE have joined forces with the sports science department of Manchester Metropolitan University's Cheshire campus to coach youngsters from Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts.
'The Academy has achieved outstanding success in a number of sports but they work in difficult circumstances and needed a facility to train on, and we were pleased to be able to help,' said Crewe's director of football Pat Slack.
'Our Community Partnership has been in operation for two seasons, initially to provide affordable coaching for young players aged eight to 14 on Tuesday evenings. The scheme is developing into many other areas to work with boys and girls and provide coaching and support for teams, schools and organisations.
Crewe's senior side went out of the Cheshire Amateur Cup on Saturday, going down 2-0 in their second-round tie at General Chemicals.
Ian O'Reilly's men return to Mid Cheshire League Division One action on Saturday with a trip to Crosfields.
The second string moved up to fourth in the Reserves Division following their third consecutive victory - a 3-2 home win against Golborne Reserves.
They are at home to Poynton Reserves this Saturday.