• Phil Packer

GB Rowing Team Start Programme athlete, Phoebe Hayden, joins the BRIT Ambassador family

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

Phoebe is an athlete on the GB Rowing Team Start Programme and was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2019 at the Junior Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta in Italy.

Phoebe and her squad at the Junior Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta in Italy

She is currently in her second year at the University of Bath.

We have asked Phoebe to join our BRIT Ambassador family as we are keen that our BRIT Ambassadors represent young athletes at the start of their career, senior athletes and retired sports personalities. All of our BRIT Ambassadors understand why it is so important to support young adult mental health and are uniting to have a UK-wide impact on improving the mental health and fitness of students and young adults.

“As a student at the University of Bath, I appreciate that this is a very tough time for young adults and students. Many students are feeling isolated and experiencing depression and loneliness. I am very aware how lucky I am to have my health and the support around me; I appreciate that this is a very challenging time for those who are vulnerable or have existing mental health difficulties.


The numbers of students and young adults needing vital support and specialist services are increasing dramatically. BRIT’s annual challenges are inspiring; for 2021, BRIT have partnered with PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide, Nightline Association, Student Minds and the Charlie Waller Trust. All donations raised through the BRIT 2021 Challenge will be shared equally between BRIT and their four charity partners. BRIT are determined to ensure students and young adults receive timely support and this is an example of how they collaborate for the benefit of as many young adults as possible.


At the University of Bath we have a Nightline service; this is a student-run confidential, and non-judgemental peer-to-peer support listening service for students. The service is open from 8pm to 8am every night of term and their trained volunteers are happy to listen to anything students may wish to discuss. This is a lifeline for some students and it is critical that the service continues.


We also have Student Minds Bath; they are a student-led group committed to supporting university students with their mental health and wellbeing. The group aim to support student mental health through their Campaigns Committee running campaigns and events on campus to raise awareness and create positive change around the importance of mental health and wellbeing for students here at Bath. They also support student mental health through their award winning team of Student Minds Facilitators who run a variety of courses for those experiencing an eating disorder or depression, and workshops for those who would like to learn more about how to support someone with an eating disorder or who self-harms.

BRIT are striving to support and improve the mental health, wellbeing and fitness of all young adults and students in the UK.


I am delighted that the BRIT 2021 Challenge is inclusive and has been designed so that young adults and students of all abilities can take part in many different ways; at home or on campus. I urge every student at the University of Bath to take part in the BRIT Challenge, enter teams and raise vital funds for the charities who support us. I hope every university and college in the South West unites with us and takes on the BRIT 2021 Challenge.”

Phoebe Hayden - BRIT Ambassador

Phoebe got into rowing by going to a START testing day, which she found out about through an Instagram advert! She didn't really know what it was, but ended up being selected for the programme, and started learning to row at the Cambridge Start Centre in Ely.


She absolutely loved the sport. After seven months of rowing, Phoebe won bronze at the National Schools Regatta and a year later, went on to represent Great Britain at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Italy.

Phoebe is a 2nd year student on the Gold Scholarship Programme at the University of Bath, which provides opportunities to enhance her career development and transition out of University. she is studying for her Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science.

Phoebe is an athlete on the GB Rowing Team Start Programme; this is an Olympic pathway programme to develop young sporting talent.