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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Wednesday, July 4th 2018

Oxtoby appointed Vixens manager

Bristol City Women FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Tanya Oxtoby as the club’s new manager.

The 36-year-old makes the step up from her role as assistant coach at Women's Super League opponents, Birmingham City Women.

Kevin Hamblin, chairman of Bristol City Women said: “We are thrilled to have secured Tanya as the new manager of the Vixens.

“As someone that has successfully made the transition from player to coach/manager, the board was unanimous in believing she has all the right qualities to take the team forward.”

Oxtoby, who hails from Australia, has a wealth of previous experience including assistant coach for both the Perth Glory Women and Australian Women's National Youth Under 20s, the Young Matilda’s.

During her time coaching Perth Glory, she helped guide them to their only Premiers Plate, winning the Australian W-league, as well as their first ever grand final appearance.

She has also previously undertaken the role of director of development at Notts County Ladies as well as combining her playing career at the Doncaster Belles with managing the Nottingham Forest Ladies back in 2012.

Oxtoby said: “It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, but I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting pre-season underway.

“The player pathway here at City is massively important and speaks to me as a coach and manager. From my perspective, it is something that really appealed to me and brought me here.

“Every WSL team now needs to be planning two or three years in advance, there are some exciting times with new teams coming up from WSL2, it’s great for women’s sport and more specifically women’s football.”

In her playing days she made forty appearances for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League where she was one of only a few players of indigenous descent to play in the league and was the first indigenous player to captain her side back in 2008.

During her playing days down under she completed a double major in Psychology [Sports and Clinical] at the University of Western Australia, which she said has helped shaped her as a coach and manager.

Oxtoby added: “Sports Psychology is something that I am really passionate about and I have been lucky enough to work in the sports psychology industry over the last couple of years working with GB Goalball and the University of Nottingham and applying it to my coaching career in football.

“They [psychology and coaching] marry up well and I’m lucky that someone pushed me towards that whilst I was playing.

“It shapes me, and how I coach massively, I am very big on the welfare and management of players and making sure they’re being challenged within a safe work environment, but also pushing them outside of their comfort zone. It’s something that is a big part of my philosophy as a coach.”

Tanya Oxtoby

Oxtoby also understands that there is life after football and through her coaching she tries to play an active role in developing her players both on and of the pitch and sees Bristol as the perfect fit to achieve that goal.

“Dual-career is massive and something that I’m passionate about,” Oxtoby continued.

“We want to continue to grow the environment that is already here in that regard, we want to produce good footballers but we also want better people. 

“We want players who come here to have a great time in terms of their football development, but we also want them to leave as better people.”

Oxtoby will join up with the Vixens squad when they return for pre-season training on Monday, July 9th.