Bristol City Women Head Coach Lauren Smith has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal, after making a solid start to the season.
Smith’s new deal will run to the end of the 2023/24 campaign, which will provide both the club and Smith the stability needed to implement the long-term vision of the women’s programme.
Bristol City Women Chairperson Gavin Marshall told bcfc.co.uk: “When we began our recruitment process this summer Lauren was the stand-out candidate and we are delighted with the work she has already done in such a short space of time.
“She has built a squad and backroom team that have shown they can compete with the best teams in the Championship and play an exciting brand of football with a young squad built on a core of homegrown talent. We’re confident the group will only get stronger over time under Lauren’s guidance.
“Stability is key in the development of Bristol City Women as a football club, and having Lauren committed until at least 2024 will allow us to build a core group of squad and staff members who will enable us to fulfil our vision for the club.”
Lauren Smith said: “I’m really pleased to be able to move on from what we’ve started and build towards the future with a long-term process in mind. I’m really thankful to the club and the board for giving me this opportunity.
“The players and staff we have brought in have been excellent. Week-in, week-out they’re getting better, they’re making sure we build towards a better future and their attitude to do that has been outstanding.
“Everything that Gavin (Marshall) has spoken about since the start of my time here – building towards a one club approach and being aligned with the men’s first team – the next three years gives us time to do that and put things in place that will only improve the women’s team for years to come.”