LADIES football in South Cheshire has received a boost with the news of a groundbreaking partnership between the Crewe Vagrants, Manchester Metropolitan University and The Alexandra Soccer Centre.
To mark the link-up, Crewe Vagrants WFC will now be known as Crewe Ladies Football Club.
The club has achieved full member status at the Vagrants while also having access to the facilities at MMU and the ASC.
The partnership will allow players to reach their potential through access to MMU's sports science facilities, where fitness levels can be monitored and programmes can be devised to meet individual needs.
The highly successful ladies are already ranked as the premier club in South Cheshire and North Staffs and the new collaboration gives the club impetus to their ambitions of achieving National League status.
Secretary Russ Edwards said: 'After winning promotion two seasons running as champions, our first season at Midland Combination League level proved to be an education as to what would be required to push on to greater things.
'It became apparent as the season progressed that we needed to have a much stronger infrastructure in order to facilitate progression.
'The contribution provided by our new partners will enable ladies football in the area to achieve greater heights and allow the grassroots aspect to flourish as never before.'
With 15 players graduating from sister club Crewe and Nantwich Girls FC into open-age football this summer, the club is launching a new team that will compete in the Midland Combination Reserve League.
The club's current second team will continue to play in the Cheshire County League.
The first tangible benefit of the part-nership will come into effect with the launch of summer coaching on Mondays at the Alsager Campus of MMU. The events should prove popular as a new coaching team - including two 'A' Licence coaches - will put the players through their paces.
The first session will be held on Monday, May 31 (7pm).
Any players who are not registered with the club but feel they have what it takes to play at the highest level or simply improve their skills are invited to attend. Places are limited and can be booked by calling Russ Edwards on 01270 665081 or 07773 333062.