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Bristol Academy announce new head coach

Bristol Academy Women's Football Club has today unveiled Melbourne Victory’s Dave Edmondson’s their new head coach.

Edmondson was appointed following the departure of Mark Sampson, who took up the role as England Women’s National Team Manager in December.

He was born in Manchester, but is highly thought of in New Zealand and Australia because of his ability to develop young players.

Edmondson was at the helm when New Zealand became Oceania Champions at U17’s and oversaw their U17 World Cup side in 2010.

We had some over 100 applications, it was a difficult job to reduce these to six candidates who were invited to an interview.

In the end it was clear that the right fit would be Dave because of his experience overseas working with elite players which meant that he could come and look after the first team and more importantly make sure that every phase of the athlete pathway is as robust as it can be.

– Kevin Hamblin, President of Bristol Academy WFC

I applied for the Bristol job as it offered the type of club structure and development opportunities that I believe are required to be successful.

Having experienced the women's game both in New Zealand and Australia, coaching teams at the FIFA under 17's World Cup and in the very competitive Westfield W League, I have a good knowledge of the developments in the women's game around the world.

In particular the technical, possession based playing style of the Asian teams, allied to the very athletic and physical Australian and New Zealand styles elements of both which I will bring to Bristol.

– Dave Edmondson, new Bristol Academy head coach
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May: Clare's Law will prevent abuse ending in 'tragedy'

Theresa May has said Clare's Law will provide people with the information they need to escape abusive situations before it "ends in tragedy".

The pilot scheme, named after Clare Wood who was strangled and set on fire by her boyfriend, will allow women to check police records to see if a partner has a violent background.

Theresa May revealed that 88 women were killed by a violent partner or ex-partner last year Credit: PA Wire/Oli Scarff

The Home Secretary revealed that 88 women were killed by a violent partner or ex-partner last year, and said there was "considerable confusion" about when or if police can share information on someone's violent past with the public.

"Domestic abuse shatters lives - Clare's Law provides people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy," she told The Sun.

"The national scheme will ensure that more people can make informed decisions about their relationship and escape if necessary. This is an important step towards ensuring we do better by women like Clare Wood in the future."

Read: More than 300 people contact police using 'Clare's Law'

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Bristol Academy in Women's FA Cup final

Bristol Academy WFC Angharad James and Lincoln Ladies Sophie Walton (right) in action. Credit: PA/Simon Galloway/EMPICS Sport

In football, it is a big weekend for Bristol Academy. The team are preparing for the FA Women's Cup Final against Arsenal on Sunday (26 May). The Vixens are looking to avenge defeat by the same team in the final two years ago.

The match will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium - home of Doncaster Rovers - and kick-off is at 3pm.

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