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.
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.
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."
Bristol Academy failed in their bid to win the Women's Super League title for the first time in their history. The Academy needed to beat Liverpool Ladies in their final game of the season to pip their opponents to top spot, but lost 2-0.
There's a big match in women's football today. Bristol Academy travel to Liverpool, with the winners of the game being crowned Super League champions. Kick-off is at 2pm, and we'll have the goals on our programme just after six.
Bristol Academy are hoping to win the FA Women's Cup for the first time in their history on Sunday when they take on Arsenal at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium. As is the tradition for cup finalists, the Academy have released an FA Cup song. Get ready to take your shoes off!
Bristol Academy captain Corinne Yorston used to play for Sunday's opponents Arsenal. The left-back will lift the trophy at the Keepmoat Stadium if her current team comes out on top and she's looking forward to the challenge.
Bristol Academy are hoping to win the FA Women's Cup for the first time in their history on Sunday when they play Arsenal at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster. The Academy lost to The Gunners in the final two years ago. Manager Mark Sampson believes they have a much better chance of this time.
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.