Anita Asante

Football Defender for Aston Villa, English National Team & London 2012 Olympic Squad

  • Former member of the Under 17, Under 19 & Under 21 England teams
  • Awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award 2006
  • Awarded the Player of the Year 2003-04 & the Sports Award 2004 from the Ghana Professional Awards
  • Named Nationwide Player of the Month

When [post:title] is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Diversity & Equality
Understanding Pressure
The Psychology of Winning
Transferring Skills
Pressure Management
Working in a Male Environment
Challenging Perceptions

Anita Asante is a footballer who plays in defence for Aston Villa and has over 70 caps for the England national team. Having also been a part of the London 2012 Olympic Games Team GB football squad, Anita has claimed awards such as Nationwide Player of the Month and Player of the Year 2003. Having vocally advocated her passions for equality and anti-discrimination, Anita is now booked as a female motivational speaker to share her passions for diversity and inclusion.

Joining Arsenal as a junior player in 1998, Anita developed her skills to become a senior player in the 2003-04 season. She made her mark as part of the team that claimed victory at the FA Women’s Premier League Cup, UEFA Women’s Cup, FA Women’s Cup and the FA Women’s National Premier League– named as 2006-07 quadruple. Anita has also played for the likes of Chelsea, Sky Blue FC, Saint Louis Athletica, Chicago Red Stars and FC Rosengard.

After various spells with American and Swedish football clubs, Anita returned to her original team Arsenal to play in the WSL campaign in 2020. Anita has also previously been a member of the Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 England national teams, with her most prominent role being the captain of England Under 19 team. She scored her first international goal in a match against Norway and has also claimed recognition of the Outstanding Achievement Award 2006 and the Sports Award 2004 from the Ghana Professional Awards.

Openly lesbian, Anita has forged a reputation for her advocacy for the LGBT+ community and for anti-discrimination. Passionate about shaping a better future for LGBT+ and female sport participants, Anita is now booked as a female motivational speaker to inspire equality, diversity and inclusion. Passionate to see that the LGBT+ community is further accepted and normalised, Anita regularly speaks out in the media about the acceptance and discrimination that the community continues to face. When looking for a passionate female motivational speaker, Anita Asante is a fantastic choice- guaranteed to create meaningful conversations at all events she attends.

Official Testimonials

Anita Asante is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“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!”

Dan , Co-founder, MAD//Fest London

“Anita was a great fantastic addition to our FA Pride Inside 2020 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.”

Jehmeil, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Football Association

“Anita joined our final Festival of Football panel in July 2019 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.”

Esther, Head of Policy, Fare Network Ltd

To enquire about Anita Asante for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via or call a booking agent on 0203 9158 282.