Get to know: Josie Green
Captain of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Women
We caught up with Josie Green, captain of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Women and advocate for social change in sports. Josie has played football from a young age and is on a mission to empower young women to realise that the doors for sport are open to them too.
Josie was a teacher alongside her semi-professional football career, then two years ago, she put down the books and signed a full-time contract. In August 2020 she was named the captain of the Women’s team. We spoke to her about her journey, how she spends her time off and her match traditions. Keep reading for our full Q+A with Josie Green.
How have you been finding lockdown?
It has been a hard time for everyone and I have found it tough adjusting to a new routine, however I’ve embraced this by adapting my lifestyle and discovering new loved hobbies such as yoga!
How long have you been playing football professionally?
This is my second year playing football professionally, however I have previously played at a semi-professional level for a number of years.
What misconceptions do people have about women in football?
I think there are many misconceptions relating to women in football, I often see posts on social media saying that women can’t play at a high level and that we should be cleaning the dishes. It’s really frustrating because we have such great athletes in the women’s game and people think it’s not as exciting. I think that people need to watch it properly and give it a chance. We had 38,262 people attend our game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last season, and a lot had not attended a women’s game before, but the support and buzz after the game was great.
I see posts on social media saying that women can’t play at a high level and we should be cleaning the dishes. It’s really frustrating because we have such great athletes in the women’s game.Josie Green
How was it juggling your teaching job alongside a strict training regime?
It was really tough due to the long hours working from 8am-5pm teaching and then training from 7-10pm on a regular basis. However it was made possible due to my support network at the time which I am very grateful for.
At what age did you realise that it was more than just a hobby?
When I put pen to paper, signing my first professional contract! I always have played because I love football but to be able to do it as a full time job is something that I am very grateful for.
How do you get pumped before a match?
The atmosphere around my team mates before a match really helps and also a good bit of music!
What motivates to you keep working hard and be the best that you can?
I’m motivated by many things, one of which being my parents. They instilled a hard work ethic in me from a young age and I wanted to make them proud. Also the fact I love what I am doing and I’m very ambitious and passionate about trying to push myself to my limits. Another big motivation is to help break the stereotype around women footballers and show young girls that they can have a career in football too!
A big motivation is to help break the stereotype around women footballers and show young girls that they can have a career in football tooJosie Green
How do you like to celebrate a big win?
Occasionally it would be a team get together with the girls but probably on most occasions a homemade pizza and film!
What does the title of Captain mean to you?
It’s been a huge honour and privilege to be named captain of such a great club. Tottenham have always been a massive part of my life and I am proud to represent them as their captain. It comes also with a great responsibility and I hope to lead by example on and off the football pitch!
If you have been inspired to take up a sport by Josie, then it’s time to pick yourself up and get moving. Level up your activewear and start your journey.