Banner image

2017 review - Willie Kirk

Willie Kirk gives his thoughts on 2017, paying testament to the staff at the club, Bristol Sport and the supporters.

Hi everyone,

Firstly, I would just like to wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope that your Christmas was a good one with your loved ones.

2017 has been a fantastic year for the club on and off the pitch. Our performances have highlighted the progression of this project and the fact we can compete with the best teams in England. The infrastructure off the pitch is ever growing also, under the guidance of Kathryn Pacey we have a dedicated, tight-knit team who are all working towards being the best we can be.

The vision at Bristol City Women is to be competitive in the best league in the world, with a squad predominantly made up of home-grown players. Since I arrived at the club in 2015, I have tried to implement that ethos in everything the club does.

The club now train full-time, have a development team and a youth academy structure in place with a clear pathway to first team football and beyond.

Inspiring the young female footballers of the future within the community is something that we fundamentally believe is our responsibility.

Back on the field as the first half of the season concludes, there are signs of promise, with victories over Yeovil and a positive draw with Arsenal we are about where I expected us to be in the league. We also progressed to the quarter-final of the Continental Tyres Cup, which was our aim at the start of the season and we showed real promise in our narrow loss to Manchester City.

The club has achieved its aim of receiving a conditional Tier 1 license with the help of Bristol Sport and this is a solid foundation for us to further progress now.

I think there is still much to come from this young team, it is crucial for the development of the game in this country and the city, that Bristol City Women continue to compete at the highest level and inspire our community to get involved.

I cannot express my thanks enough for your support this year and for joining us on our journey, everyone at the club really appreciates it and we are all looking forward to seeing you in 2018.

The Vixens face Everton on Saturday, January 6th at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. Tickets are available here.

Latest News

Smith returns as Interim Head Coach

Smith returns as Interim Head Coach

Posted: Monday, June 21st 2021

International Watch: June 2021

International Watch: June 2021

Posted: Saturday, June 19th 2021

Sports Lecturer Vacancy

Sports Lecturer Vacancy

Posted: Friday, June 18th 2021

Robins Lotto Winner (Week 10)

Robins Lotto Winner (Week 10)

Posted: Friday, June 18th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Community Foundation summer holiday camps
Rugby icon

Community Foundation summer holiday camps

The Community Foundation will host five Player Development Camps and three Skills Masterclasses during a jam-packed summer holiday schedule.

Posted: Monday, June 21st 2021 • Rugby

Planning Application Submitted For Sporting Quarter
Bristol Sport icon

Planning Application Submitted For Sporting Quarter

Plans for a new Sporting Quarter at Ashton Gate have now been submitted to Bristol City Council.

Posted: Monday, June 21st 2021 • Bristol Sport

Capon, Randall and Malins named in England squad for summer series
Rugby icon

Capon, Randall and Malins named in England squad for summer series

Harry Randall, Will Capon and Max Malins have been named in Eddie Jones’ updated 36-player England squad as they continue preparations for their summer series of fixtures.

Posted: Sunday, June 20th 2021 • Rugby

Academy trio star in England U20 comeback win
Rugby icon

Academy trio star in England U20 comeback win

Jack Bates, Deago Bailey and Alex Groves all featured as England U20 Men produced a stunning second half comeback to begin their 2021 Six Nations campaign with a win against France.

Posted: Sunday, June 20th 2021 • Rugby

Report: Bristol Bears 36-43 Harlequins
Rugby icon

Report: Bristol Bears 36-43 Harlequins

Bristol Bears squandered a 28-point lead to lose a mind-blowing Gallagher Premiership semi-final to Harlequins after extra time.

Posted: Saturday, June 19th 2021 • Rugby