International Pathway

  • Loughborough Town Ladies2016
  • England Women u202017
  • Loughborough Lightning2017


Being one of seven children certainly makes you competitive and it is that drive and determination which has carried hooker Leah Bartlett into rugby.

The Loughborough University student has two sisters, Emma and Sara, and four brothers, Mark, Trevor, Paul and Ewan.

But her biggest influence on the pitch is her father Nick, who has been a referee for much of her life, while both her parents have been involved in local rugby since she was young.

All Bartlett’s siblings have played rugby too, including her brother Mark who was part of the Leicester Tigers academy.

Another brother, Trevor, is also a top-level hockey player and represented England U18s and U21s.

Born in Leicester, Bartlett plays for Loughborough Lightning and has featured regularly in the Tyrrells Premier 15s.

A natural-born leader, she captained the Aylestone U15s and U18s as well as Loughborough U18s when she was younger.

But she says her proudest moment so far came when she pulled on the England U20s jersey against the Army last year.

Bartlett is also a fan of rugby league and American football, while she is a keen supporter of Glasgow Rangers Football Club.

Away from rugby, Bartlett listens to a wide range of music – including indie, house, R&B and chart music, while her favourite holiday destination is Scotland or Prague.