Great Britain and Scotland Hockey Player, Emily Dark, supports the BRIT Ambassador family
We are delighted that Emily is part of our BRIT Ambassador family to support and improve young adult and student mental health and fitness throughout the UK.
Emily is a Scottish international field hockey player who plays midfield for Scotland and Great Britain.
“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 has clearly worsened 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 university and college teams taking part in the annual BRIT Challenge are invited to choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, and support local, regional and national charities.
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 (through Universities UK) 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 the annual BRIT Challenge.
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 Challenge, destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion. I will be inviting as many of my fellow current and retired Hockey Players 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 Challenge. I am thrilled that St Andrews will be hosting the BRIT Regional Steering Group in Scotland and inviting representatives from every university and college in Scotland to be part of this inspiring initiative for Scottish students and staff to be integral to BRIT and their annual BRIT Challenge.”
Great Britain and Scotland Hockey Player
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.
Since 2018, Emily has been studying for her Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of St Andrews; she is currently in her fourth 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.
In her fourth 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.
In September 2021, Emily represented the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the Centenary Cup with both the Men’s and Women’s RAF Teams becoming the UK Armed Forces (UKAF) Champions.
In October 2021, Emily played in the FIH World Cup Qualifiers with Scotland coming 3rd.
Emily is a Scottish Institute of Sport supported athlete with 45 combined caps.