Black History Month 2023
We mark Black History Month by celebrating the achievements of Lauren Elizabeth James.
Born in London in 2001, James plays as a forward for the Women’s Super League club Chelsea and the England women’s national team.
James, who has Grenadian and Dominican roots, was scouted by Arsenal aged 13 and trained with their boys’ team. In 2017, she became the second-youngest player in the club’s history to make their debut.
James later signed with Chelsea, scoring her first goal for the club against Leicester City. She also recently played in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final, where England were narrowly beaten by Spain.
James is the sister of England defender Reece James, and the pair are the first brother and sister to represent England at senior level.
Being a black woman in a male-dominated sport, James has cemented her reputation as an inspiring athlete and remarkable role model for young black women and footballers.