- 100 school children show off their Canterbury kit designs at Twickenham
- Canterbury is providing each of the 100 participating schools with 20 rugby shirts in their own bespoke design
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100 school children had a day to remember at Twickenham on Sunday when they each got to reveal the shirts they designed for their school rugby teams on the legendary pitch ahead of the RBS 6 Nations England v Italy game.
The children, aged between 12-15yrs, were representing schools from across England that had taken part in the Canterbury kit design workshops last year, as part of the RFU’s All Schools programme.
All Schools, of which Prince Harry is Patron, is a long-term programme dedicated to introducing rugby into more secondary state schools. By the time Rugby World Cup 2019 arrives, All Schools aims to have increased the number of state secondary schools playing rugby by an additional fifty percent (50%).
As part of its commitment to the programme as Official Partner to All Schools, Canterbury held a number of kit design workshops across England in October and November last year. A total of 100 state secondary schools attended the workshops, where they learnt about the core values of rugby and the pride associated with the shirt before the pupils were given the opportunity to put their team shirt designs down on paper.
The drawings were then turned into bespoke final designs by the team at Canterbury and the shirts were presented for the first time to a representative from each school at Twickenham yesterday by England prop Alex Corbisiero and England women’s hooker Amy Turner. All 100 shirts were revealed to the 82,000 crowd when the students flanked the military as they brought out the giant England shirt onto the pitch before kick-off, and then during a half time parade.
Stuart Lancaster, England Head Coach said: “The match shirt is a source of huge pride for the players. When they are presented with it before an international it is a very special moment for them and the whole squad. By teaching these pupils who are new to the game the core values of rugby union and the history of the shirt, I’m sure that these school teams will share the same passion for their own design.”
CEO of Canterbury, Chris Stephenson said: “All Schools is a fantastic programme which we are fully behind. It was an amazing spectacle seeing all the children on the pitch wearing their unique shirts; there were some great designs. I imagine it was a very proud day for all involved, getting to wear the shirt you had a hand in designing on the pitch at Twickenham in front of a sell-out crowd.”
Canterbury is providing each of the 100 participating school with 20 rugby shirts in their own bespoke design.
The RFU believes rugby union is a game for All Schools - all schools and all young people in the school can play, and rugby can have a positive impact on all of the school. Currently around 1,500 state secondary schools play rugby union. Prince Harry, as Patron of All Schools, will support the RFU in its ambition for 750 more to be self-sufficient rugby playing schools by the Rugby World Cup 2019, and to encourage new players to join local clubs.
This will be achieved by delivering a package of resource within the school that helps it to start and sustain playing rugby union, including kit and equipment, as well as coaching and young leaders training.