One of England’s most talented female footballers in history, Kelly Smith brought women’s football to the forefront with her impressive performances on the pitch. The former Arsenal player dominated at both club and country level and even represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games, a highlight of her over a 20-year long career. Now inspiring other women to push the boundaries in their own industries, Kelly is a renowned keynote speaker who is booked to empower individuals and corporate teams to achieve their potential.
Aged only 16, Kelly is one of the youngest people to make their England debut when she took to the pitch in 1995. Following the Man of the Match award in her first game, Kelly gained a reputation for her natural talent, and soon became a regular call up for the squad. Throughout her international career, Kelly secured 117 England caps, scored nine hat-tricks and set England goal record with 46, which is still yet to be beaten. Equally inspiring in her club days, Kelly was one of Arsenals finest female players, having spent three spells with the club. During her time with the side she won five Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League, a testament to her gift for the sport.
In honour of her remarkable career, Kelly was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to football and has four times been listed on FIFA’s 10 Players of the Year, proving her influence as a woman in football. Since her retirement in 2017, Kelly has remained a prominent sporting figure, taking on work as a pundit and commentator. She has appeared on FOX Sports as an expert and provided insight live for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in addition to many other key games.
Currently, Kelly continues to be present in the media and dedicates much of her time to inspiring the next group of powerful women. Using her career experiences to motivate audiences, Kelly is an engaging and empowering keynote speaker, booked to leave a long-lasting positive impression.
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