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McCatty Named Vixens Captain

Grace McCatty has been named as the new Bristol Academy WFC captain.

Grace is now the longest serving player at the club, having been a Vixen for 9 years following her progression through the youth age groups to the first team. After a 5 year break from captaincy, the armband has now been returned to McCatty, who said: 

"It's an absolute privilege to have been named captain of Bristol Academy. If I am honest, it took me a little by surprise but I am honoured that Dave sees in me leadership qualities which he believes will benefit the team this season.

"This is not only a team I wholeheartedly believe in and I am proud to be part of, but a club that I love and have had so many memorable years at so far. To be named captain is something that means so much to me and an honour I will not be taking lightly.

"I will continue to do all I can this year to help us achieve, both on and off the pitch, and will do my best to lead the team into our most exciting year yet."

Grace is a natural leader and has a wealth of experience, having represented England at Under 19 and Under 23 level, as well as being part of the GB team that won gold at the World University Games in Kazan in 2013.

On awarding McCatty the captaincy, manager Dave Edmonson said: "Grace had a fantastic season last year. She is a manager’s dream, always giving 100% and always supportive of her team mates.

"Grace is a true professional: in her preparation for games, her commitment to training and her desire to constantly improve as a player. As well as her involvement with the first team, Grace also coaches in our Centre of Excellence and is well respected by players, staff and parents alike.

"As a captain, I am sure Grace will lead by example and drive her team mates forward both on and off the pitch. One of the great things about Grace is her humility and well-rounded approach to the game. As well as being a committed trainer and player, Grace has many interests out of football, including her volunteer work in Zambia, which she will continue later this year."

Bristol Academy play Frankfurt at Ashton Gate on Saturday, March 21st, in their first ever appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals. Click here to buy tickets online.