Banner image

‘We have an obligation to inspire’ - Oxtoby

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Bristol City Women manager Tanya Oxtoby believes that women’s sport is only going to grow and everyone involved has an obligation to inspire the next generation. 


“Growing up I didn’t think I would have this opportunity, to be a female in football at this level in particular is really hard so I feel really honoured and privileged to come into work everyday and work with this group of players - they’re an exceptional bunch of women,” said Oxtoby.

“Women’s sport across the globe is really growing and booming, what a great time to be involved. I think you’ve got some exceptional athletes across all different sports and they’re remarkable, not only in their ability but their stories and how they got there. 

“It’s a real honour to share their platform and share their pathway a little bit, it’s amazing,” she added. 

Oxtoby knows the importance of giving back to the local community and inspiring young followers of the Women’s Super League. The Australian encourages her players, who were on the other side of the fence not too long ago to give back in any way they can. 

“I think that’s something we’re really good at here at Bristol City, making sure that our players give back to the next generation. 

“I’ve said it before, we’ve all been in the position where we’ve been looking across the other side of the fence at our heroes and we’ve all got an obligation to inspire the next generation.

“They’re going to be bigger and better than what we are, whether that is in sport or as a world leader or whatever profession that might be and what they choose to do with their path, but I’m sure there’s going to be some really amazing female leaders out there.

“Women’s sport is going to go from strength to strength, what you’ll see is that there will be a bigger investment and it’s just going to grow. 

“I think the tiers of women’s football in particular will grow, especially in the Championship and the National League. 

“The increased investment will allow for greater infrastructure and you’ll see some fantastic players come through the system and even better coaches because they’re working with better players while receiving more support.”


Latest News

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

The Robins Foundation tackle loneliness

The Robins Foundation tackle loneliness

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