International Women's Day: Demi Stokes on motherhood and football

In May 2022, Demi Stokes became Manchester City's first female player to juggle parenthood with professional football.

In a matter of weeks, she was then helping England to European Championship glory; the nation's first major international trophy since 1966.

Stokes has continued to be an important figure for City across the 2022/23 campaign, where she is now on the verge of becoming only the third women's player to make 200 appearances for the Club.

However, as the defender explains, shouldering the responsibilities of motherhood with the demands of being an elite athlete isn't always easy.


In the above video, Demi brings her baby, Harlen, into the City Football Academy alongside her partner, Katie, where they chat about their experience as first-time parents so far.

The England international often brings Harlen into the training ground on recovery days, with the relationship he has with Stokes' team-mates clear to see from the off.

But the defender also reveals what she has learned from being a mother so far, as well as her recollection of the events that unfolded around her baby's premature birth.

Check out the video above to see Demi and Katie bring Harlen to the CFA.