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‘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.”