England rugby team’s supplier helps pupils design their own shirt

Manor Academy pupils (l-r) Matthew Smart, Jacob Phillips, Ryan O'Keefe, Harvey Ward

Manor Academy pupils (l-r) Matthew Smart, Jacob Phillips, Ryan O'Keefe, Harvey Ward

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Pupils from three Hartlepool schools will stand out on the sports field thanks to the England Rugby team’s official supplier.

Students designed their own school rugby shirt when they attended a special workshop in York.

High Tunstall College of Science pupils (l-r) Tyler Mcgaw, Reuben Blades, Will Cameron

High Tunstall College of Science pupils (l-r) Tyler Mcgaw, Reuben Blades, Will Cameron

The event was organised by a programme run by rugby chiefs to increase participation in the sport in schools and join local clubs to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, hosted by England, which starts today.

Manor Academy, Dyke House Sports and Technology College and High Tunstall College of Science were invited to the workshop as they were among 102 new schools to sign up to the All Schools Programme.

It was supported by Canterbury, the official kit supplier to England Rugby, and who will make the school’s design a reality.

Canterbury chief executive, Chris Stephenson said: “We are passionate about working together with the Rugby Football Union on the All Schools project and are looking forward to supporting the new schools by providing kit.

The match shirt is a source of huge pride for the players

Stuart Lancaster, England Head Coach

“It’s been fantastic to see the impact rugby has had on the students taking part over the last three years and it is encouraging that the schools are building such strong links with their local clubs.”

At the kit design workshop, the pupils learned about the history, heritage, values and importance of the rugby shirt.

One of Canterbury’s experienced designers talked them through the process of designing a shirt, as well as the key elements to consider when creating their own design.

One pupil from each school will be invited to Twickenham Stadium to be presented with their custom-designed shirt at a special ceremony on the pitch ahead of a 6 Nations game next year.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupils (l-r): Alex Crosby, Harvey Ball, Aiden Jackson-Smith

Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupils (l-r): Alex Crosby, Harvey Ball, Aiden Jackson-Smith

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.”