Blackburn Rovers Ladies have announced an official partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
As part of the new deal, the University’s sports hub will become the new home of Rovers’ Regional Talent Club (RTC) – which provides a player pathway for girls aged 8-16 – with training and home matches to be played at the multi-purpose UCLan Sports Arena in Preston.
Rovers manager Gemma Donnelly said: “I am thrilled to officially be able to work with UCLan. They have a strong and clear vision to want to propel Women’s football further forward and together we can make this happen.
“We have a long-standing history with UCLan, but now we have been able to align our vision and broker a fabulous opportunity for our female players.
“We will move all of our RTC programme, along with aspects of the Ladies operation, to the University, which will complement our current partnership with our own Jade Richards, who is UCLan’s High Performance Coach within Women’s Football.”
UCLan’s Director of Sport, Dr Adrian Ibbetson, added: “The partnership will provide opportunities for us to help develop the women’s game across the region, to develop a dual career pathway so that talented players can be nurtured and developed, whilst also having the opportunity to achieve qualifications that will provide routes to other careers when their playing days are over.”
The partnership will commence next month when the RTC will host trials for the 2021-22 season, which gets underway in July.