Banner image

Bristol Academy Women FC Request Name Change

Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club have today written to the FA requesting permission to change their name to Bristol City Women’s Football Club for the 2016 season.

Simon Arnold, chairman of Bristol Academy said: “This is a very positive development for the club which will secure top-flight women’s football in Bristol and the West Country.

“The Women’s game in England has developed significantly over the last five years and to compete we have to become professional both on and off the pitch. It was becoming increasingly difficult to do this as a club without the help of a professional club’s marketing, commercial and supporter base.

“We have been working with our partners at Bristol City FC and Bristol Sport Limited for a number of years and it was the right time for them to embrace the women’s game and put their resources behind the club.

“We will still play at Stoke Gifford Stadium and we will still be called the Vixens, although we will change our name we will remain an independently run club.”

Bristol City FC’s executive director Doug Harman commented: “It is a significant milestone in the history of both clubs. In recent years we have seen many Premier League teams welcome the women’s development of the game and embrace the top-flight women’s team in their respective cities, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea to name but a few.

“I think that the time is right for this to happen in Bristol and that both clubs will benefit from this unity.”

Andrew Billingham, CEO of Bristol Sport added:  “Last season we enabled City fans to watch the women’s games as part of their season ticket, to help promote both teams to new audiences and it is great that this relationship has developed further.

“It is an exciting time for women’s football globally. The fact that Ashton Gate has previously supported Bristol Women by hosting their Champions League games here and that the England Women will play their UEFA Euro 2017 qualifier at the stadium on November 29th underlines our commitment to the development of the women’s game.”

Bristol Women will play next season in the FA Women’s Super League 2 from March 2016.

Latest News

Downing leaves City

Downing leaves City

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021

📸 City Women entertain supporters at open training session

📸 City Women entertain supporters at open training session

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021

City Women set to host open training session

City Women set to host open training session

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021

Valuable experience for young Robins - Hines

Valuable experience for young Robins - Hines

Posted: Tuesday, October 26th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Flyers to host watch party at Ashton Gate Sports Bar
Basketball icon

Flyers to host watch party at Ashton Gate Sports Bar

The Ashton Gate Sports Bar will be open to watch Bristol Flyers’ televised clash against Glasgow Rocks on Friday, November 19th.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Basketball

Vacancy: Academy Administrator
Rugby icon

Vacancy: Academy Administrator

Bristol Bears seeks an Academy Administrator responsible for overall administration and coordination of the Bristol Bears Academy programmes.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Rugby

Number Crunch: Pluck of the Irish
Rugby icon

Number Crunch: Pluck of the Irish

All of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of Saturday's round seven Gallagher Premiership clash at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Rugby

Loan watch: Lloyd stars as Clifton thrash Westcliff
Rugby icon

Loan watch: Lloyd stars as Clifton thrash Westcliff

Jac Lloyd scored 17 points and Tomos Gwilliam impressed as Clifton amassed a century against Westcliff in National Two South.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26th 2021 • Rugby

Win a Gallagher Premiership Rugby match ball plus two tickets to a match of your choice
Rugby icon

Win a Gallagher Premiership Rugby match ball plus two tickets to a match of your choice

We’ve teamed up with Gilbert Rugby to bring you a great new competition.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26th 2021 • Rugby