Pupils join workshop to design school rugby shirts

St Thomas Moore Catholic School pupils design rugby shirts, from left, Tyler Basire, Nathan Russell, Daniel Williams, Jamoya Davis.
St Thomas Moore Catholic School pupils design rugby shirts, from left, Tyler Basire, Nathan Russell, Daniel Williams, Jamoya Davis.

Pupils from St Thomas More Catholic School, Bedford, have taken part in a workshop where they designed their school team’s rugby shirt, to be produced and donated by Canterbury, the official kit supplier to England Rugby and the Official Partner to All Schools.

The workshops are part of the RFU’s All Schools programme to help more state secondary school children play rugby and to encourage new players to join local clubs.

Pupils learn about the history, heritage, values and importance of the rugby shirt and one of Canterbury’s experienced designers talked pupils through the process of designing a shirt, as well as the key elements to consider when creating their own design – from thought process to practicability. Schools were given a unique opportunity to create a shirt to be worn by their school rugby team, which Canterbury will produce and supply free of charge.

Canterbury CEO, Chris Stephenson, said: “We are passionate about working together with the RFU on the All Schools project and are looking forward to supporting the new schools by providing kit and the unique opportunity to design their own team shirt. It’s been fantastic to see the impact rugby has had on the students taking part over the last three years and encouraging that the schools are building such strong links with their local clubs.”

St Thomas More Catholic School took part in the Canterbury Kit Design workshop at Allianz Park, Hendon, London, and one pupil from each school will be invited to Twickenham to be presented with their custom designed shirt at a special ceremony on the pitch ahead of a 6 Nations game. Pictured are Tyler Basire, Nathan Russell, Daniel Williams, Jamoya Davis.

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