Pupils have designs on shirts

Pupils from Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech will soon have cause to wear their school team rugby shirt with extra pride on the pitch, having designed it themselves.

Canterbury, England Rugby’s official kit partner, teamed up with the Rugby Football Union to give a number of secondary state schools the chance to design their school’s team rugby shirt.

Thomas Clarkson was one of just 100 schools invited to attend Canterbury Kit Design

workshops held across the UK last year. At the workshops the pupils got to learn about the core values of rugby, the pride associated with the shirt and the importance of colours, logos and emblems, before going on to create their own design.

The drawings were then taken and turned into final bespoke designs which will be produced and

supplied to the schools courtesy of Canterbury.

All 100 of the unique rugby shirts are to be revealed when they are presented to the schools at Twickenham on Sunday 10th March. One lucky representative from Thomas Clarkson Academy will get to wear their school’s specially designed rugby shirt with pride on the pitch ahead of the RBS 6 Nations England v Italy game, and also again at half time.

The Canterbury Kit design workshops are part of All Schools, the RFU’s programme to get more

secondary state schools playing rugby union. The RFU’s ambition is for 750 more secondary state schools to be self-sufficient rugby playing schools by the Rugby World Cup 2019, and to encourage new players to join local clubs

Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury said: “All Schools is a fantastic initiative by the RFU, and one we were keen to support. The kit design workshops were incredible, the pupils were creative, imaginative and keen to understand and learn about the values of rugby and the thought process behind a shirt design.”