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City and Academy announce partnership deal
 Women's Football News 27 Mar 2013
City and Academy announce partnership deal - 27 Mar 2013 - Women's Football News
Bristol Academy WFC have announced a major new partnership deal with Bristol City Football Club, geared at strengthening the club's Women's Super League ambitions. 
The agreement enables Bristol Academy to benefit from an official tie-up with a professional men's club - a necessity for the forthcoming changes to the WSL - and gain from stronger community links.
Bristol Academy's home and away kit will promote the work of Bristol City Community Trust, the club's charity arm, for the 2013 season.
The Trust's ever-increasing commitment to assisting women's and girls' football participation in the region - including BTEC futsal programmes and coaching courses - will work seamlessly with Bristol Academy's own community projects.
Kevin Smith, the club's commercial director, said: "We are delighted to have agreed this exciting and mutually beneficial partnership with Bristol Academy.
"The girls' and women's game is growing significantly and we hope an association with the biggest football club in the South West will further assist with this growth.
"Our Community Trust will work closely to engage with current and prospective players and spectators across a range of ages and abilities.
"We also aim to introduce more Bristol City supporters to the women's game as the Women's Super League kicks off next month."
The Vixens are based at SGS College at Filton, which is also home to City's youth Academy set up.
Bristol Academy president Kevin Hamblin said: "I am delighted that we will work with the Bristol City Community Trust to promote women's and girls' football.
"Our club will also work with Bristol City FC which gives us a fantastic opportunity to pool resources and reach out across the region and encourage more young people to play football and, hopefully, become supporters of the Vixens and come to watch us in the FA Women's Super League!"
Bristol Academy WFC were FA Women's Cup runners-up in 2011 and competed in the UEFA Women's Champions League a year later winning the coveted "FA Club of the Year" title.
Founder members of the WPL, the Vixens finished fourth last season - an improvement on the inaugural campaign where they were fifth.
The 2013 season starts with an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at home to Oxford United or Everton on April 14th, before the Women's Super League starts at the Vixens' home ground, Stoke Gifford Stadium on April 18th against Everton LFC.
Photo - Bristol City star Louis Carey and Bristol Academy captain Corinne Yorston.

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