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Bristol Academy set for first UK women's football stadium

Bristol Academy, set to play in the inaugural FA Women's Super League next season, will be playing their home games in the UK's first purpose built women's football stadium which is set to be complete for the end of July.

Work on the 1,500 capacity ground, being built at a cost of £850,000, is well under way at the club's Filton College base with the club one of eight teams accepted into the Super League for its first season.

"The [Football League] Championship-standard pitch will be ready for use by the end of July and the stadium in its entirety completed in plenty of time for the Super League season," said Simon Panes, the college's director of sports academies and head of its football programme, whose operation includes the running of the Bristol Academy team.

The FA believes the Super League will be the key platform to drive the women’s game forward in England and is set to answer the problems caused by key England players moving to the MLS in the United States. The Super League concept was developed to attempt to enable players a good living from the game whilst allowing Super League clubs to develop new revenue streams and support for women’s football.

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