• Phil Packer

Great Britain and Scotland Hockey Player, Emily Dark, joins the BRIT Ambassador family

We are delighted that Emily has joined our BRIT Ambassador family.

Emily is a Scottish international field hockey player who plays midfield for Scotland and Great Britain.

Emily Dark - Great Britain and Scotland Hockey player

“As a student, I am only too aware of the mental health challenges and issues faced by students and young adults. The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly worsening those existing challenges and it is vital that students and young adults receive the appropriate support and services when they need it.


I applaud the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) for forging partnerships with other mental health charities and it is fantastic to see that five charities will be the recipients of funds raised through the BRIT 2021 Challenge; PAYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide, Nightline Association, Student Minds, the Charlie Waller Trust and BRIT. I am also delighted to see that BRIT are proactively signposting students and young adults to other charities including Samaritans and Shout.


BRIT are determined to support and improve the mental health, wellbeing and fitness of all young adults and students in the UK. Their successful collaborative efforts include partnerships and special relationships with sportscotland, Colleges Scotland, Universities Scotland and Scottish Student Sport. I know that students in Scotland will appreciate that BRIT have also visited every Scottish university, and many colleges, and are doing everything they can to ensure all Scottish Students’ Unions and students in Scotland have the opportunity to enter teams and take part in their annual BRIT Challenges.


BRIT are inviting Olympians, Paralympians and sports personalities to unite and join their BRIT Ambassador family in order to support universities, colleges and students as they take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge. I will be inviting as many of my fellow current and retired athletes to join me as BRIT Ambassadors and support a university or college of their choice in order to encourage their students and staff to enter teams and take on the BRIT Challenge.

I am delighted to be a BRIT Ambassador and look forward to supporting students and staff at the University of St Andrews as they take on their BRIT 2021 Challenge.”

Emily Dark - BRIT Ambassador

Emily plays club hockey for Dundee Wanderers and made her senior international debut for Scotland in 2017 when she was 17 years old. She is Scotland’s youngest ever capped female player.

Emily Dark - Scotland's youngest ever capped female player

Since 2018, Emily has been studying for her Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of St Andrews; she is currently in her third year.


In 2019, Emily competed at the Senior European Championships in Glasgow where Scotland won gold. She scored against Ukraine on the opening day and against Poland in the semi-finals. Emily won U21 Player of the Tournament.

Emily and the Scotland Team who won Gold at the 2019 Senior European Championships

In her third year, Emily is Senior Leader in the Great Britain Elite Development Programme and played for the Great Britain Elite Development Programme Team in China, at the four nations in 2018 and in Alicante in 2019.


Emily is a Scottish Institute of Sport supported athlete with 43 combined caps.

To learn more about Women’s Hockey in Scotland, please visit the Scottish Hockey website. For more information on the Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team, please visit the Great Britain Hockey website.