It was only logical for Holly Aitchison to be hooked on the game of rugby by the age of five.
After all, her father Ian, a former England U20 and Saxons player, was Waterloo’s director of rugby and Holly would watch every first-team game and training session at Blundellsands and was a mascot at matches as well.
Much has happened since then for Southport-born Holly, who is studying for a BTEC in Sports Performance and a BA (Hons) in Sports Business at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.
Before joining Lichfield and making her Premiership debut against Saracens in September 2015, she had played for Liverpool St Helens and West Park in addition to Waterloo.
Her versatility allows her to figure at fly half and centre.
A talented sevens player, she made her World Series debut in Las Vegas in March 2017, scored a try in the Challenge Trophy semi-final against Argentina and also appeared in the Kitakyushu tournament the following month.
After appearing in three HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series events during the 2017/18 season (Dubai, Sydney and Paris), Holly was selected for the 2018 Women’s Sevens World Cup squad in San Francisco.
Holly’s schooling was at St Peter’s Primary and Range High and during that time her rugby idols were Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson and England’s Gill Burns, her schoolteacher, and her own dad.
The game runs in the family with her brother Ben playing for the Lancashire U18 side.
She was vice-captain of England U18 Sevens when the squad became European champions twice and she appeared for the highly successful Lancashire U15 and U18 sides.
Her biggest disappointment was tearing a knee cartilage that prevented her from playing in the England U20 series against Canada in 2016.
Football and netball are the other sports she enjoys as well as watching Serena Williams on the tennis circuit and she loves the Olympic Games.
Her proudest non-rugby moment was being highly commended in the Sefton Junior Sports Personality of the Year awards, something that has wider horizons than the oval ball.
Last updated: 10 July 2018