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About Bristol City Women

Bristol City Women are known as the Vixens and play at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

Club History

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 the City Women embark on a second consecutive season in the top flight of women's football in England. 

This ensured football is secure in Bristol and the club will be able to move to a fully professional club in due course.

Records and Honours

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

All-time top goalscorer – Natalia Pablos (22 goals in 37 matches from 2011-2013)

Supporters Club

The club’s loyal supporters are rewarded with membership to the Vixen’s supporters club, pease email for more information.

Staff List and Contacts

Football Staff

Head coach – Tanya Oxtoby
Technical Director 9-19 & Assistant Coach – Chris Roberts
Physiotherapist – Chris Underwood
S & C Coach – Chris Difford
Goalkeeping Coach – Neil Moore
Analyst - Luke Wright

Backroom Staff

General Manager – Kathryn Pacey
Club Secretary – Rosie Hadrill
Media and Communications Manager – George West
Sports Chaplain – Esther Legg-Bagg


Contact Us

All club enquiries - Rosie Hadrill - - Club Secretary and Finance Officer
Sponsorship and hopspitality - Kathryn Pacey - - General Manager
Media and Communications- George West - - Media and Communications Manager
Dev squad - Chris Roberts - - 9-19 Technical Director
SGS College team - - 9-19 Technical Director
Regional Talent/ Youth Academy - Daisy Merrifield - - Youth Academy Administrator

How To Find Us

The Vixens play their home games at Stoke Gifford Stadium in north Bristol.

Address: New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP

Parking is very limited on site and fans are advised to arrive early for matches.