STP Ambassador leads women's rugby team to Rio

Emily Scarratt, ambassador for Switch The Play and England Centre, is announced as the captain for the Great Britain women’s Rugby 7’s team at Rio.

19 Jul STP Ambassador leads women’s rugby team to Rio

Whilst most professional sportspeople have only known the sporting environment, Scarratt, along with her teammates, had little option but to plan a career outside rugby. With the RFU, England rugby’s governing body, only turning the women’s team professional in 2015, players already had livelihoods.

Scarratt worked as a PE assistant in Birmingham whilst playing elite rugby for Lichfield and England, having graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2011.

After the squad was announced Scarratt said: “To wear the GB shirt and compete in the Olympics is a childhood dream that we are now, as a team, turning into reality. As a squad, we are looking forward to being among the first athletes to play rugby sevens on the world’s biggest sporting stage. I am immensely proud to be representing Great Britain and introducing women’s rugby to new audiences.”

Emily is passionate about the need for athletes to help themselves, and engage in education and preparation for life outside of professional sport.

You can read Emily’s story online here.