Lotte Wubben-Moy interview: England defender cements legacy of historic summer for Lionesses | Soccer News

The past few months have been a wild ride for Lotte Wubben-Moy.

The Arsenal and England defender signed a new contract at the end of April with the club she has always supported, was part of the team that missed out on the Women’s Super League title by one point in May and, at the end July, had a European champion’s medal around her neck.

It was only last Friday that normalcy resumed after a summer of celebration, following a week-long delay to the start of the 2022/23 WSL campaign following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“You don’t really take into account the need to be in a rhythm and a routine,” explains the 23-year-old.

Lioness of England, Lotte Wubben-Moy is spearheading Venus’ #MoveYourSkin campaign, to redefine what real skin looks like in sport and carry on the legacy of the UEFA Women’s EURO tournament by encouraging more women and girls to participate in the game

“Ironically I was extremely exhausted after the Euros. It takes a lot out of you in the moment and it’s only when you’re able to rest and have time to think that you realize how bad it was. a big demand for your body.

“But I would do it again and again and again if it meant reaching the levels we have reached in this tournament.”

There were some uncertain moments along the way, but Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses finally lifted their first European Championship trophy after Chloe Kelly struck a winner in extra time against Germany on July 31.

There were more than 87,000 in attendance at Wembley and people across the country were glued to TV screens in anticipation – with many likely set to fail due to the often painful history of men in major tournaments.

But, whatever the outcome, this summer marked a turning point for women’s football.

It has been building steadily since the WSL turned fully professional in 2018/19, and intensified after a breakthrough deal was struck with Sky Sports last year to televise matches, which injected millions in the division.

Wubben-Moy is eager to capitalize on the extra focus on the game, but not for personal gain – she sees this as the opportune time to inspire.

After all, she was the inspiration behind the Lionesses’ letter to the Government this summer, which urged the next Prime Minister to give every girl in the country the chance to follow in her footsteps by allowing them access to PE football.

“Although I was the driving force, I think it was something every player on this team was okay with,” she said.

“The fact that there were obstacles in the way we played football at a young age meant that we all had these shared experiences. Some were better than others – coming from London, I played football from street with the boys and it was the easiest, natural thing.

“Other people don’t have that opportunity and therefore when they go to school they don’t have the opportunity to play.

“It was more about knowing that the barriers are there and how can we help make the sport as easy as possible. The easiest place is in school where it can be made easier with balls and cones who might be harder to get Playing in an environment that is safe, fun and where you can relate football to school can make it a positive relationship.

“Not all children like football, not all children like school, but if we can find common ground there is often a positive outcome.”

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Even if the possibility of playing is offered, other, more personal obstacles can often prevent young girls from playing football.

That’s why Wubben-Moy became an ambassador for Gillette’s Venus and launched her #MoveYourSkin campaign, which hopes to tackle the issue of skin consciousness, a major barrier to sport for women, to encourage the next generation of young girls and women to feel good about themselves.

They discovered that more than a third of British women do not play sports because they are worried about the appearance of their skin.

“Right off the bat, that statistic was what struck me the most: the thought that young girls, in particular, don’t have confidence in their bodies to play sports. It’s a barrier to entry. , that’s something we can definitely have an impact on,” Wubben-Moy said.

“I’m responsible for that. The way I or athletes in general are portrayed in the media is often done with these ‘rules’ that don’t really seem known and it’s a case of thinking ‘I’ll only post a picture if my muscles are rippling or if my facials look good”. This is not the reality.

“With Venus, we’re looking to rewrite those rules and say ‘This isn’t real. This isn’t what young people can relate to, so why are we projecting this false image of what really is? an athlete ?’.

“If we do that, we’re basically marginalizing a massive group of young people, young girls when in reality the sport is open to everyone, no matter what you look like.

“Our hope is to turn it around with the programs that teach skin confidence and give them the tools to feel good about themselves and understand that we don’t all look perfect and to embrace it and to use as something that we can champion and to use on and off the pitch as well. I feel really passionate about that.”

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After a night of celebrations, the Lionesses bring the trophy to Trafalgar Square and presented thousands of fans with another trophy!

“It’s been pretty great, especially with Football Beyond Borders, which is a charity that works in schools and is very passionate about it,” she adds.

“I had a great response from my teammates and friends who are not athletes too. People understand that. As women we all know there are issues with this topic and the more we talk about it, the more normal we do it.

“We want to break down all the barriers because the sport has to be there for everyone and we have to be confident in ourselves to do that.

“I feel really privileged to be able to be a role model and it gives me a lot of energy. I wake up every morning hoping I can do it every day and I’m lucky to be able to do it.”

With the way she speaks so passionately and eloquently on various topics, it’s hard to believe that Wubben-Moy is only 23 years old. She scoffs at the suggestion that she’s an old head on young shoulders – “But I guess I think a little differently.”

Lioness of England Lotte Wubben-Moy presents a series of powerful images aimed at tackling the

That goes without saying.

She is a member of Common Goal – an organization to which footballers and coaches pledge at least one per cent of their salary which goes to fund football charities around the world – was named a Climate Champion by Football For Future and she does a lot of work with Arsenal in the Community, too.

“Honestly, I think it comes with the job,” she says. “I feel responsible.

“I have younger siblings, sisters, friends, people from all over the world that I watch in different sectors, communities – and I feel like I have an opportunity with my platform to share and do things that others maybe can’t and I feel privileged with that.

“Not using this for good is like I’m doing my whole family, or the whole world, for that matter, a disservice.

“My boyfriend and I have arguments about this because it’s kind of a naïve statement that you could actually change the world or change someone’s mind, but my argument is always that if you can change the opinion of a person, who can say that they cannot change someone else and that there is a ripple effect?

“If every person could do this about something they’re passionate about, I think the world would be a better place.”

The conversation soon returns to the legacy of the Lionesses, after their glory in the summer.

In July, England legend Rachel Yankey recalled an interview with Sky Sports about disappointment that the momentum generated at Euro 2005 did not continue.

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Wubben-Moy is adamant the landscape now means it will be a different story 17 years later.

“The word legacy was used a lot in the camp during the Euros, but I think it takes different forms. From us as a team, that legacy was put in writing with the letter we wrote to the Premier minister and which has taken place completely. It is clear to future generations that they are the ones who should benefit from the inheritance.

“They must have equal access to football in schools; it must be their daily bread and we don’t stand for anything less than that.

“If you look at it from a broader perspective, the number of brands that are committing – and not just for the honeymoon phase, for the long term. Venus is here for the long term; they’re not only pushing internally but externally at school for young people in schools, by providing courses that allow them to have confidence in their bodies, in their skin.

“The number of brands investing in the future of the game is remarkable and I think, comparing it to 2005, there weren’t as many stakeholders in the game back then. Now you see a lot investments from a positive point of view, with time, money and energy.

“That’s what will make that legacy a reality for the future.”

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