Wales and Great Britain Lacrosse Player, Charlotte Williams, joins the BRIT Ambassador family
We are delighted that Charlotte has joined our BRIT Ambassador family.
Charlotte is a current Wales and Great Britain Lacrosse Player. She is a double European Silver medallist (2012 and 2015) and European Bronze medallist (2019), and All-European Defender (2019).
“As a former student at the University of Leeds, UWE and London Metropolitan University, and having worked with young adults and children as a teacher, Lacrosse Coach and AssistantDirector of Sport, I know that many young adults and children suffer with mental health challenges. COVID-19 is impacting on all our lives, however I am mindful that it is compounding existing mental health difficulties faced by many young people.
One in four young people were unable to access the mental health support they needed during the 2020 lockdown and their wellbeing needs to be looked after now, in order to avoid long-term effects on their mental health. As mental health services have become stretched during the COVID-19 pandemic, more young people are struggling to access the help they need. Support from charities is vital to help improve young adult mental health and it is great to see The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) partnering with PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide, Nightline Association, Student Minds and The Charlie Waller Trust so that all donations raised through the BRIT 2021 Challenge will be shared equally between the five charities.
The BRIT 2021 Challenge is super UK-wide opportunity for students and young adults to unite wherever they are (at home or on campus) and take part in a fun and feel-good challenge to raise vital funds for charities who support young adult mental health; it’s a great way for young adults and students of all abilities to take part in an inclusive activity to improve mental health and fitness
Every UK university, college and students’ union have been invited to embrace the BRIT 2021 Challenge, enter teams and encourage their students and staff to participate. Every student and young adult can decide how much distance they want to add to their team’s 2,021 mile target and teams have until 1st July 2021 to complete their BRIT 2021 Challenge.
I am delighted to be joining the BRIT Ambassador family and urge former and current Wales and Great Britain Lacrosse players to join me so that together, we can invite our former universities and colleges throughout the UK to embrace the BRIT 2021 Challenge and enter teams. I look forward to encouraging and supporting students and staff at the University of Leeds, UWE and London Metropolitan University as they take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge”.
Charlotte was educated at Downe House School (where she now teaches) and whilst there, was School Athletics Vice-captain, School Lacrosse Captain, represented Berkshire in the U19 Long Jump, Cross-Country and Heptathlon, and was a National Schools Squash Finalist. In lacrosse, Charlotte represented Berkshire (U15 and U19), the West of England (U19 and Senior), was a National Schools Lacrosse Champion and represented England (U19 and Senior)
Between 2002 and 2004, Charlotte studied for her Bachelor of Medicine (MBChB) at the University of Leeds where she was awarded five Distinction Certificates and the Biochemistry Prize. She played for the Medics Hockey team and the 1st University Lacrosse Team and BUCS Lacrosse Team.
Charlotte then studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Primary Education, between 2004 and 2005, at the University of the West of England, Bristol, before completing her Bachelor of Science in Sports Therapy at London Metropolitan University between 2009 and 2012.
In 2012, Charlotte represented Wales and won silver at the European Lacrosse Championships and in 2013, played for Wales in the World Cup.
During 2014 and 2015, Charlotte was a Lacrosse Coach at Royal Holloway, University of London, St Helen’s School, St James’s School, St Albans School and Hatchend Hawks Lacrosse Club. In 2015, Charlotte represented Wales and won a second silver at the European Lacrosse Championships.
Between 2014 and 2019, Charlotte was Dragons Academy Coach at Wales Lacrosse and between 2015 and 2017, taught at Lady Eleanor Holles School as a Lacrosse Specialist. In 2017, Charlotte played for Wales in the World Cup and represented Great Britain at the World Games.
Charlotte taught Lacrosse at Downe House School between 2017 and 2019. Since 2019, Charlotte has been their Assistant Director of Sport (Competitive Sport and Fixtures).
Since 2017, Charlotte has been a part-time England Lacrosse Regional Academy Coach and since 2019, has been a part-time Centaurs Lacrosse Club Academy Coach.
Charlotte is Captain of the Centaurs Lacrosse Club, where she has played for eight seasons. Centaurs were crowned National Champions in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2017 and 2018 they became European Club Championships Runners-Up and in 2019 they were crowned European Club Champions.
In 2019 Charlotte represented Wales and won a Bronze medal at the European Lacrosse Championship and that same year was named to the All-European Team as a defender.
To find out more about Lacrosse in Wales, please visit the Wales Lacrosse website.
For more about the Lacrosse in England, please visit the England Lacrosse website.