Leah Cathrine Williamson, born 29 March 1997 is an English professional footballer who plays for Arsenal of the FA WSL and captains the England national team.
A versatile player, she started playing as a midfielder before moving to central defense after a managerial change. She has played for her only domestic football club since 2014 as a senior player.
Williamson joined Rushden & Diamonds Centre of Excellence at the age of 6. During that period, Williamson said, “My coach at the time left to go to Arsenal. I went across with her and had a couple of trials, and luckily they took me on, and I never looked back from there. So I owe it all to my coach from when I was 9.”
Williamson grew up in Newport Pagnell, attending Portfield’s School for primary education and Ousedale School for secondary. She comes from a divided footballing family, with her brother and father fans of North London team Tottenham Hotspur. She is a lifelong Arsenal fan.
In 2006, she was selected as the mascot of the Arsenal men’s team in a league cup match at the Hawthorns against West Brom.
When did Leah Williamson start playing football?
The Arsenal and England defender’s journey began at Scot Youth, a boys’ team in Bletchley.
She was six years old and was only at the club for a year, but it helped shape the rest of her career. Leah explained: “I started playing football at the end of one of my gymnastics sessions.