One of England’s most impressive defenders, footballer, Anita Asante has played at an elite level for over 15 years. The international star has had an equally prominent club career, representing teams in the Premier League, USA and Sweden. Despite such success, Anita has been subject to racist discrimination from football supporters and the public and is now using her platform to be a positive voice for change in the race debate, as a speaker and personality.
An honour for any sportsperson, Anita was selected to represent England in the Under 17 team, having shown promise and talent as a young player. After captaining the Under 19s side, and making her senior debut, Anita was selected for the Team GB 2012 Olympic football team. Amassing 71 caps for England to date, Anita is an impressive defender, who has represented her country in the 2011 World Cup and was honoured by the Queen with an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006.
As far as club experience goes, Anita has represented some of the best in the world, including Arsenal, Chelsea and her current team, Aston Villa. She has also spent time overseas, playing for teams like the Chicago Red Stars and FC Rosengård, where she won the Svenska Cupen. In 2007 Antia was part of the all-team Chelsea team who clinched the quadruple award, having won the UEFA Women’s Cup, FA Women’s National Premier League and the FA Women’s Premier League Cup, a testament to her unrivalled performance on the pitch.
Show Racism the Red Card aims to tackle racial abuse in football and is a message Anita has supported and promoted as an ambassador of Show Racism the Red Card. Having experienced racism herself, as a successful Black female footballer, Anita is empowering other sportswomen to take a stand and achieve despite the adversity faced. At events, Anita expands on the issues she’s faced and offers advice for every industry to embrace diversity.
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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Big thanks to Anita for the session yesterday. I thought she was excellent – warm, authentic, passionate, informed, confident and relatable. The feedback was universally positive and she definitely made me pause and think”
“We loved having Anita join our event last month – she was absolutely brilliant. CVC also said what a pleasure Anita was to have at the event. She and Dion were a great double act, particularly during the Q&A”