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VIDEO – Stuart Lancaster goes back to school in Yorkshire

17 December 2013

  • England Head Coach heads to Bruntcliffe High School in Leeds
  • Marland Yarde, Brad Barritt and Sarah Hunter design their own kits

Back in October ahead of the new England kit launch, head coach Stuart Lancaster and England players Brad Barritt, Sarah Hunter and Marland Yarde, took to the classroom to try their hand at designing their own rugby shirt, aided by pupils from Bruntcliffe High School in Leeds.

Stuart and the players were taking part in one of the Canterbury Kit Design workshops, part of the RFU’s All Schools programme, of which Canterbury is Official Partner. 

Each school taking part in the programme attends one of a number of the workshops. The participating state schools design their own team rugby shirt, while learning about the core values of rugby, the pride associated with the shirt and the importance of colours, logos and emblems.

Canterbury turns these drawings into final bespoke designs to be proudly worn by the school’s rugby team.

Stuart Lancaster speaks to children at Bruntcliffe High School in Leeds

Photo: Getty Images

This particular workshop was created specially as part of the activities of the new England kit launch. Now in its second year of the All Schools programme, Bruntcliffe School was lucky enough to win the chance to host this landmark occasion. 

Canterbury designer Louise Dandy talked them through the process and ideas for inspiration, such as their first school or club kit, before Stuart, Marland, Brad and Sarah got to put felt tip pens to paper and showed how creative they could be when it comes to shirt design. 

Pupils from Bruntcliffe School were on hand to help, having done this themselves last year when they got to design their school’s rugby team shirt at one of Canterbury’s earlier workshops.

At the end of the session, the four stood at the front of the class and presented their drawings to the room.  The designs were put to the vote, and Stuart Lancaster won unanimously. Plans for Stuart’s design will be revealed in the new year.


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