Haverhill and Linton students to get rugby kits at Twickenham
Students from three schools who have designed their own rugby kits will collect them at Twickenham before an England game tomorrow (Sunday, March 10).
Castle Manor and Samuel Ward academies and Linton Village College (LVC) were selected among 100 UK schools to attend kit design workshops by Canterbury, the national team’s official kit partner.
Now a student from each of the three academies will collect their school’s kit ahead of the England v Italy Six Nations game at the national stadium tomorrow (Sunday, March 10).
James Carr, 16, will collect the kit for Castle Manor, Jack Dachtler, 15, will get it for Samuel Ward and Connor Cottage, 14, will step onto the hallowed turf for LVC.
The trio of schools are aiming to organise a rugby tournament between them in the near future.
Last year’s workshops saw the pupils learn about the core values of rugby, the pride associated with the shirt and the importance of colours, logos and emblems, before to creating their own design.
The drawings were then taken and turned into final bespoke designs, which have been produced and supplied to the schools by Canterbury, and all 100 of the designs will be given out to school representatives at Twickenham.
The Canterbury kit design workshops are part of All Schools, the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) 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.”
The All Schools Project is funded by £500,000 of Comic Relief cash and aims to instil RFU values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship in those taking part.
Rugby coach Rob Conquest began work at Castle Manor Academy as part of the All Schools initiative in December.
He works alongside PE teacher and ex Scottish international rugby player Graham Ellis to deliver lessons and encourage participation in the sport.
Nearby primary schools are invited to partake in the scheme and extend its benefits beyond secondary education.
The three year All Schools scheme began at Castle Manor with a £7,500 investment to provide a RFU coach.
An additional £2,500 will be used to buy balls, tackle shields and other training aids.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 14) Echo.
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