TWO clubs intend to work in partnership during the next football season.

Charter standard community club Leigh Genesis and adult club Leigh Athletic see benefits in the move.

Athletic, who will continue with a first team and reserves in the Manchester Football League and a further team currently in the Wigan Amateur League, will be supported by Genesis in terms of a training venue, moving towards Charter Standard Status, perusing grant applications, management, coaching support and any other area that both clubs would feel advantageous.

Formed in 1958, Athletic have a history of success in the Lancashire Amateur League and Manchester League and just one division separates them from step 7 of the FA pyramid.

Their current aspiration is to have their own home, see youth players coming into their ranks and for their teams to move up divisions and leagues.

Genesis aim to having a senior team at semi pro level once again and such a link would be a major step in this direction.

It is considered this partnership would benefit from planned and future investment at Lowton High School.