The city’s two universities look set to key in Lancaster City’s progress this season.
The Dolly Blues have linked up with both Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria ahead of the new Evo-Stik First Division North season.
Darren Peacock’s side will have support from three University of Cumbria sports science students, Robert Bamber, Jake Leighton and Bradley Davies, who will work on improving the first team squad’s fitness through training plans and match analysis.
Peacock said: “The science side of football has changed a lot since I was a player and is really important now.
“They’re come down the first couple of sessions to have a look and then a lot of it will be individual to the players.
“They’ll work on trying to prevent injuries and things like that.
“We’ve got a relationship with University of Cumbria which we hope will do both of us good.”
As for Lancaster University, City have been training on the Bailrigg campus that is also set to act as a base for the club’s proposed new academy in September.
Peacock said: “The uni, (Head of Sport) Kim Montgomery in particular, have been very welcoming and have done everything possible to help us out. We thank them for that.”