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Lotte Wubben-Moy: More Than a Centre-Back

What Lotte Wubben-Moy does on the pitch is what makes her an exceptional defensive player, but it is what she contributes off the pitch that makes her an exceptional person.

Wubben-Moy plays in the Women's Super League for Arsenal and internationally for England. She was part of the Lionesses squad that won the 2022 Euros and reached the 2023 World Cup final.

She has been at the forefront of the Lionesses' fight for gender equality in sport, using her influence to become a role-model for young girls wanting to play football and other sports.

Lotte Wubben-Moy and the Lionesses have been pushing for a minimum of two hours of P.E. at schools in their 'Let Girls Play' campaign, to ensure young girls have equal access to sports in school. She then encouraged the England squad to write a letter to the Prime Minister urging the government to commit £600m for girls to play football in school, which was agreed upon by March 2023 thanks to Lotte's efforts.

When she was a young girl, Lotte Wubben-Moy did not imagine the possibility of becoming a professional footballer. She wants young girls now to be able to have those aspirations and feel inspired to play football, with the knowledge that there are genuine possibilities for them to become professional footballers.

Wubben-Moy said, "The more that we provide kids in London and inner cities across the whole country the opportunity to play football, the stronger the pathway will grow."

The more girls and young women that get into football, the larger the crop of players there will be for clubs to select from. This will allow top-tier clubs to better reflect the multi-cultural society in England.

When Wubben-Moy extended her contract with Arsenal in summer 2022, she insisted that a clause were to be added to increase community engagement. She has committed to working closely with Arsenal in the Community over the coming years.

She grew up playing on concrete estate pitches around East London, where she found a safe space to simply play the sport she enjoyed. It is incredibly important to Lotte that she is able to give back to her local area in London with the help of The Gunners, her childhood club, to ensure children have access to the safe space that sports provide.

Lotte Wubben-Moy admits Arsenal is her life, so wants to commit to the club and the community that surrounds it. The clause created in her contract is pertaining to the players' commitment to working closely with Arsenal and the community, to inspire and support girls and young women in the local area.

During the 2023 Women's World Cup, Lotte Wubben-Moy created a doodle diary, bringing England's tournament progress to life through her art.

She chose to show the public her doodles as a way to encourage young children to get involved with football and engage in any way possible. "Some people learn visually and some learn through reading books. When you look at following a football game, kids might not sit down for 90 minutes but they might interact with a picture of someone scoring a goal, or a picture of a captain's armband."

Her love for art and creativity also inspired her to create two colouring books for kids, to show that football and creativity can be intertwined. The colouring books were produced to mark the 2022 Euros and the 2023 World Cup, and were given out to youth clubs around London.

Lotte Wubben-Moy is continuing to introduce campaigns to encourage her local community to get involved with football and sports. In the summer, she unveiled a skin-confidence exhibition in Bow, where she grew up, to boost participation in sport by helping to remove the barrier of skin-consciousness.

She is undoubtedly an outstanding role-model to children and young adults, giving back to the community that helped shape who she has become, and showing the importance of inclusivity in the community.

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