In March 2013, Canterbury was announced as the Official Partner for All Schools, which will see them invest in the programme over the next three years. As part of their involvement, each school taking part in the programme was given the opportunity to attend one of a number of Canterbury kit design workshops last year. The 100 participating state schools designed their own team rugby shirt, whilst learning about the core values of rugby, the pride associated with the shirt and the importance of colours, logos and emblems.
Canterbury turned these drawings into final bespoke designs to be proudly worn by the school’s rugby team. The colourful shirts produced for the schools were presented for the first time at Twickenham during the 2013 RBS 6 Nations England v Italy match. One hundred children from across England represented their school on the pitch before kick off as they flanked the giant England shirt and paraded their bespoke designs at half-time.
Commenting on the announcement of Canterbury as Official Kit Partner, CEO Chris Stephenson, said: “The RFU’s All Schools is a fantastic programme which we are proud to support. The Canterbury kit design workshops present pupils with the unique opportunity to design their school kit, which they will later wear in action and with extra pride on the rugby pitch. The workshops offered a stimulating educational experience for those who may have little understanding of the traditional values of rugby and it was great to see the outcomes from all taking part.”
Canterbury will be rolling out the kit design workshops next season for the new All Schools.
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As All Schools Patron, Prince Harry will support the RFU in its ambition for 750 more to be self-sufficient rugby playing schools by Rugby World Cup 2019, and to encourage new players to join local clubs.
St. James’s Palace spokesperson, commented: “This patronage will allow Prince Harry to combine his passion for rugby with his work to help children and young people in society to build their skills, confidence and aspirations. Prince Harry recognises that rugby can play an important role in helping to achieve this.”
A keen sportsman and rugby fan, Prince Harry is also Vice Patron of the RFU and Patron of the RFU Injured Players Foundation.