Women's Rugby Academy

Women's Rugby at Bishop Burton College

Bishop Burton College runs a high-performance women's programme (University and College).

The women's team competes in the AoC (Association of Colleges) in partnership with Tyrell’s Premiership Women’s side Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.

The academy allows athletes, in team or individual sports, to balance their education alongside maximising their sporting opportunities.

Players receive skill and unit field sessions, strength and conditioning, video analysis, team meetings and various additional sessions to improve their knowledge and performance in the game.

Meet the Coach

LaToya Mason

Head of Women's Rugby

LaToya has played since the age of six at school in her native New Zealand. In September 2006, LaToya came to England and then was selected to play for England due to her English heritage in 2009. She has amassed 70 caps for England, which has seen her participate in three Women's Rugby World Cups, being a runner-up in 2010 and 2017, and a winner in 2014. She also has four Six Nations Championships alongside this.

LaToya has a Diploma in Sport and Recreation, is an RFU Level 2 coach and qualified RFU Coach Educator with 15 years of coaching experience with both female and male groups at various age levels.

She was previously an RFU Women and Girl’s Officer for London from 2010 – 2012, working mainly in schools and colleges, providing rugby opportunities and coaching sessions to girls who haven’t experienced rugby before. Following this, she was an RFU Community Rugby Coach, from 2012 – 2015. Working in the Surrey area, with a range of different clubs, schools, colleges and universities, LaToya provided coaching for players and coach mentoring for clubs and coaches.