Friday, December 11st, 2015
The FA Women’s Super League management committee has approved the name change that will see Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club change to Bristol City Women’s Football Club.
An FA spokesperson said “The FA can confirm that an application by Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club to change its name has been approved and formerly ratified by The FA’s Women’s Football Board. From immediate effect the team will compete in all eligible competitions as Bristol City Women FC.”
The name change will mean a greater degree of financial security for the Vixens who struggled last season to compete with high-spending professional clubs in Women’s Super League 1, such as Manchester City; Liverpool; Chelsea and Arsenal. This change also supports the club's five-year vision to be competitive in one of the best leagues in the world, with a squad made up of predominantly ‘home-grown’ players."
Simon Arnold, club chairman said “This football club is only here so that young girls can aspire to play professional football in Bristol. It was getting increasingly difficult for a club that doesn’t have the back-office infrastructure and supporter base of a professional football club to survive on their own. Without this change, the club would not be able to survive in the medium term.
“The whole Board of Bristol Academy WFC recognises the sensitivities for some supporters of changing our name and aligning with Bristol City, in a city which has firm allegiances to our two football clubs. Although some spectators may be lost, which will be disappointing, I am sure that true supporters of women’s football will stay with us and cheer us on next season."
Andrew Billingham, CEO of Bristol Sport, added “We’ve worked with Bristol Academy Women for the last couple of years and have already established a firm link with them. I look forward to this relationship developing as they align themselves with City and the support that we can offer them going forward in terms of marketing, communications and ticketing, as part of the Bristol Sport group.”
The official launch of Bristol City Women FC will take place on Wednesday, January 6th, with season ticket details also being announced on this date.