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About Bristol City Women

Bristol City Women are known as the Robins and play their home fixtures at the Robins High Performance Centre. 


City Women will play their home fixtures at the state-of-the-art Robins High Performance Centre for the 2022/23 Barclays Championship season. 

Address: Robins High Performance Centre, Clevedon Road, Failand, Bristol, BS8 3TN

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  • Head coach – Lauren Smith
  • Assistant Coach - Jennifer Foster
  • Coach – Anita Asante
  • Head of Goalkeeping - Dan Smith
  • Lead Physiotherapist – Becky Hughes 
  • Sports Therapist- Elise Denner 
  • Lead physical performance coach – Erika Mole
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – Jack Instrall 
  • Analyst – Calvin Strong


  • Operations Manager - Grace Williams
  • Assistant Operations Manager - Fran Davies
  • Club Secretary – Rosie Hadrill
  • Media and Communications Manager – George West
  • Club Chaplain – Esther Legg-Bagg



  • WSL1 runners-up: 2013
  • FA Cup runners-up: 2011, 2013
  • WSL2 runners-up: 2016

The club boasts an effective player pathway with a Skills Centre and Regional Talent Club for girls aged six to 16, and a college programme for players aged 16-19 to train, play and study at SGS College.

A number of graduates from the Youth Academy and SGS College programme are currently playing for Bristol City Women in the WSL.

In 2005 Bristol Rovers Women’s FC became known as Bristol Academy WFC under a new partnership agreement with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (previously Filton College).

By 2011, Bristol Academy WFC Limited was formed and won a licence to compete in the new FA Women’s Super League.

This allowed the team to become semi-professional and an untested Mark Sampson stepped up from head of the College Girls U18 Development Squad to first team manager.

Sampson was to remain in post until he left to take up the prestigious England Women’s manager post in 2014.

In that time Bristol Academy reached two FA Cup finals (2011 and 2013) and competed in the Champions League (2011 and 2014). In 2013 they also finished second in WSL1.

In 2015 Willie Kirk was appointed as manager, following a brief spell by Dave Edmondson. At the end of the 2015 season, following relegation to WSL2, the FA Women’s Super League management committee approved the name change for Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club to change to Bristol City Women’s Football Club.

Summer of 2018 saw Kirk depart and new manager, Tanya Oxtoby take the helm as City Women embarked on a second consecutive season in the top flight of women's football in England. 

In Oxtoby's maiden season in charge she lead City Women to a sixth placed finished in the Barclays FAWSL with her side accumulating 25 points, before the 2019/20 Barclays FAWSL season saw City Women maintain their top flight status with notable victories over Manchester United and Birmingham prior to the termination of the season due to COVID-19.

The 2020/21 campaign saw Oxtoby depart in January on maternity leave, with Matt Beard coming in as cover until the end of the season. A successful Continental Cup run saw the Robins reach their maiden league cup final, ultimately losing out to double-winning Chelsea at Vicarage Road. 

The Robins were fighting at the bottom of the table throughout the season and took the race for survival to the last day of the season, however a 3-1 defeat to Brighton condemned the club to relegation to the FA Championship. 

The summer of 2021 saw City Women rebuild ahead of the upcoming season. Former coach Lauren Smith returned to the club as Head Coach making 11 new signings and bringing seven academy talents into the first team group. 

City Women had a positive 2021/22 season, finishing 3rd in the Championship with a 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers and a record breaking game at Ashton Gate against Liverpool.

For the upcoming campaign the Robins have brought in the very experienced Anita Asante along with seven new signings including the permanent signing of Fran Bentley from Manchester United.