History was made this week when the successful Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club launched a new senior men’s side in the David Wilson Homes Gloucestershire FA County League.
This is the first time that a senior women’s side has established a senior men’s section of their club – it is normally the other way around. In fact all the other founding members of the FA Women’s Super League, other the Bristol, are all linked to senior men’s clubs.
The side will take the Bristol Academy name and play at the Stoke Gifford Stadium and, as the Women’s side, the Club will look to develop a squad from Filton College’s football development programme with current and former graduates making up the majority of the players.
Head of Football and Director of Academies, Simon Panes, stated “This is another major step forward for us and our combined football programmes. To be able to offer senior football in both male and female football will only enhance what we already have and improve our player pathway. We have played our first couple of league fixtures with a close away loss at Kingswood but this was followed by a home win on Monday against Kings Stanley”.
“We are really excited about this next development of the Club. The ‘same home, same kit, same badge’ ethos will be installed throughout the Club. The Men’s section will hopefully encourage the superb fan base the Women’s Club have generated to come and support us throughout the winter and vice versa when the Women play in the spring/summer” Panes added.
Any past students of the Football Development Centre who are interested in joining the Club, or get involved in the running of the Club should contact Simon Panes at firstname.lastname@example.org
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