Casey Stoney is best known for her illustrious career both playing and managing football. Currently, the manager of Manchester United Women’s team, Casey has dedicated her career to either playing on the pitch or managing from the sidelines. Having been capped over 100 times for the England Women’s National Team and played a significant role in matches such as the UEFA Women’s Euro and the London 2012 Olympic Games squad, Casey is a popular choice as a speaker for a range of events and speaks openly and publicly about being gay to ensure others are accepted as she has been.
Throughout her career, Casey has played prolifically for a range of teams impressing fans with her agile capabilities for the sport. Casey first played football aged 12, joining the Chelsea Ladies team and then later moved on to play for Arsenal Ladies. During her early career, Casey developed her skills as a student in The Football Association’s National Player Development Centre, and during her training captained Charlton Athletic team. Casey has also been a member of Lincoln Ladies and the Liverpool women’s team, alongside numerous matches representing England and Great Britain.
A highly influential player, during her career Casey came out openly as a gay player. Inspired to come out to the world after Olympic diver Tom Daley did, Casey stopped ‘living a lie’ and began to speak about her sexuality to promote acceptance and visibility for other LGBT individuals. Passionate to help others who may feel trapped by their identity, Casey has been recognised for her support by The Independent on their Pink List of Influential Lesbian and Gay People in the United Kingdom. Casey is now openly in a relationship with her former fellow player Megan Harris, and the pair have three children together.
An influential figure of LGBT acceptance, Casey is now often booked as a speaker for a range of events. Believing in the importance of speaking out about her sexuality, Casey is passionate to help others who may be struggling with their identity and sexuality, often seen speaking about LGBT+ representation when booked to speak at events.