Eniola Aluko the Chelsea and England striker; is noted as a natural goal scorer, and a leading talent in the women’s game. She has won Premier League and FA Cups and played over 100 internationals. Off the pitch she is a lawyer, having qualified in the US and working the City.
She also hit the headlines; with her stand against the discrimination, outdated behaviour and damaging culture within the England women’s coaching set up. As well as examining the lessons any organisation can learn from the failures within the FA; she also looks at the nature of a winning team and a winning mindset, and what good leadership looks like.
Pace & Finish
Eniola Aluko is one of England’s leading women footballers. A striker noted for her pace and finishing, as well as a regular in the media. She plays for Chelsea Ladies, England, and played in the London 2012 Team GB squad. She is an FA Women’s and Premier League Cup winner and is an established international.
Born in Nigeria, Eniola Aluko and her family moved to the UK when she was still a baby. She started her football career at Leafield Athletic Ladies before moving to Birmingham City, where she scored on her debut. Soon after she played her first match for England at the age of 14. She sat her A Levels at the same time as playing in the UEFA Women’s Euro contest.
Eniola Aluko Cup Winner
There followed a successful spell at Charlton Athletic; where she won the Premier League Cup, FA Women’s Cup, and the Community Shield. After a brief time at Chelsea, Eniola Aluko played for three clubs in the US; before returning to England and Birmingham City. At international level, she was a regular goal scorer in World Cups and Euros; and has been capped 100 times.
Eniola Aluko has been dubbed by some in the media, as the Wayne Rooney of the women’s game; for her natural ability, creativity and eye for goal. Unlike the former Man United and England captain, however, Eniola is also a lawyer. Having taken her bar exams in New York and in London. She works in the City, specialising in entertainment law.
Taking On The FA
Despite Eni’s impressive form on the pitch; she has had a higher profile and greater role to play off it. She was instrumental in revealing ingrained and often officially denied racism and discrimination; by senior figures within the England team coaching set up, and serious problems within the wider FA. Her refusal to be silenced and willingness to stand up against outdated, offensive behaviour; revealed a culture of intimidation and wilful blindness.
Eni On Telly
In the media Eniola has been on Match of the Day; making her the first woman to appear on the BBC show as a pundit. She’s also added her voice to ITV, Sky and BBC coverage of the women’s and men’s game. She has also been on the quiz show Pointless Celebrities.
Eniola Aluko Guest Speaker
Eniola Aluko speaks about the nature of teams, and creating a culture that both supports but also holds to account. She considers the best and worst of leadership and looks at what it takes to instil a winning mindset. She also examines what went wrong in the England set up and the important lessons all can learn.