About Bristol City Women
Bristol City Women are known as the Vixens and play at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.
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 RTC and SGS college programme are currently playing for Bristol City Women in WSL1.
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.
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)
The club’s loyal supporters are rewarded with membership to the Vixen’s supporters club, the price is currently under review for the 2017/18 season.
Staff List and Contacts
Head coach – Willie Kirk
Technical Director 9-19 & Assistant Coach – Lauren Smith
Physiotherapist – Chris Underwood
S & C Coach – Chris Difford
Goalkeeping Coach – Neil Moore
General Manager – Kathryn Pacey
Club Secretary – Rosie Hadrill
Marketing and Communications Officer – Jack Pitt
Sports Chaplain – Esther Legg-Bagg
All club enquiries - Rosie Hadrill - firstname.lastname@example.org - Club Secretary and Finance Officer
Sponsorship and hopspitality - Kathryn Pacey - email@example.com - General Manager
Media - Jack Pitt - firstname.lastname@example.org - Communications Officer
Dev squad - Lauren Smith - email@example.com - 9-19 Technical Director
SGS College team - firstname.lastname@example.org - 9-19 Technical Director
Regional Talent/ Youth Academy - Daisy Merrifield - email@example.com - 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.