Satellite club Rugby player Lorna thrives

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Satellite Clubs are local sport and physical activity clubs that are designed around the needs of young people aged 14-19 years old. They provide positive, enjoyable experiences that make it easier for young people to become active or to develop more regular activity habits. They are supported by or linked to a local community sports club or physical activity opportunity.

Lorna joined a Satellite club during her time at John Taylor High School – she tells her story:

“I got into rugby through Mark Tolley coming into school as part of taster PE lessons in Year 9 (2013). Then my friend asked me if I wanted to go to his lunch time club so I went, where he taught me the basics and got me over my fear of rugby and being tackled. I had my first game playing for school, it was tough but I really enjoyed it. Then I went to the development sessions at Burton Rugby Club, but joined Lichfield Rugby Club (2014 – 2015) pre-season as that’s where my friend went. I played for them as well as being selected for the Staffordshire County that year. I was nominated by my coaches for the Midlands Academy Trials where I was successful and was selected to represent the Midlands.


Lorna playing rugby


Due to player numbers at Lichfield I returned to Burton the following year, and last year I went to play for Burton RFC. I was selected to represent Staffordshire County again and was also selected into the Loughborough Lightening Centre of Excellence.

I am now at Bath University and was selected for the Ladies first team, achieving player of the match in my first game. Next year I am hoping to play in the Bath Ladies team as well as the university team,  all as a result of doing it as a part of PE in school. #ThisGirlCan – if given the chance.”