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Anita Asante

Anita Asante is a former England defensive midfielder/centre back with 71 caps international caps under her belt, spanning 14 years, including competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics. Anita is a passionate ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s anti-racism educational charity, and Amnesty International UK. She has become one of the game’s leading advocates and allies, championing marginalised communities and promoting the need for gender, racial and LGBT+ equality.


About Anita Asante

Anita made her England debut in 2004, and she went on to compete in two Football World Cups and three UEFA European Championships. Anita also kicked off the first ever women’s Olympic football match for Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012. Her showcase career began with Arsenal as a teenager; a club where she went on to be part of the historic quadruple winning Arsenal team who were crowned champions in the Champions League, Premier League, Premier League Cup and FA Cup all in one season. Arsenal also became the only English team to ever win the Champions League.

Anita has also played top-flight club football for Chelsea, where she won the WSL title in 2020 and the FA Women’s Continental Cup, as well a successful stint playing football in the USA and Sweden where more domestic honours came. In 2022 she retired from professional football after two successful seasons with Aston Villa.

Away from the pitch, Anita has become a familiar face in the media, working for the BBC, ITV and Sky Sports. She is also a columnist for the Guardian.

She is an excellent speaker, and is well qualified to share her experiences. Whether it’s talking about leadership, overcoming adversity, diversity, equality or being a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male dominated sport, she has a story you want to hear.

Speech Topics
  • Women in Sport
  • Leadership
  • Peak performance
  • Teamwork and communication
  • LGBTQ+ issues and lived experience
  • Race Equality
  • Overcoming adversity
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"Anita spoke at our internal event and was so interesting and engaging and hugely personable. In fact, we’ve been contacted multiple times by staff saying how much they enjoyed it and asking if Anita could join us again! Anita was knowledgeable and spoke from the heart about her career and experiences – thank you!"

Royal College of Psychiatrists

"Anita joined our final Festival of Football panel in July and was such a valuable participant. A passionate advocate for equality and anti-discrimination, Anita is an incredibly knowledgeable and eloquent speaker. Anita’s strength is in being able to articulate powerful and original thought in an accessible and engaging manner."

Fare Network Ltd

"Anita spoke at MAD//Fest 2019 and was inspirational, candid and engaging. Her background in professional sport added hugely to a discussion at a marketing event on daring to be different and breaking boundaries. The feedback on this session was amazing and I couldn't recommend Anita enough!"

MAD//Fest London

"Anita was a great fantastic addition to our FA Pride Inside panel event in June. Anita’s experience as an elite athlete provided an amazing insight from not just a performance perspective, but importantly specifically on how that intersected with elements of her identity. She facilitated in the successful delivery of a very informative and authentic panel."

The Football Association

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