All Schools rugby 2015/16: What’s happened so far…

We’ve had a busy few months as official partner to the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme. September saw the 2015/16 All Schools rugby programme kick off with 102 schools from across the country taking part in Canterbury kit design workshops. It was great fun with over 300 children from the selected secondary schools in England attending to design their school team’s rugby shirt.

Oscar Mpembele (from left), Stephanie Hendley and Cade Greatorex of Noel-Baker School with the rugby shirt design they created for their school.   Photograph by Martin Neeves Photography - www.martinneeves.com - Tel: +44 (0)7973 638591 - E-mail: martinneeves@googlemail.com

We’re now in our fourth year of the All Schools programme, with more than 400 schools participating and have set ourselves an ambitious target of getting a further 350 schools involved by 2019. The initiative was launched in 2012 by the RFU to help more state secondary school children play rugby and to encourage new players to join local clubs.

This year’s Canterbury kit design workshops saw students learn about the history, heritage, values and importance of the rugby shirt. One of Canterbury’s experienced designers showed students how to design a shirt, and what to consider when creating their own design – from thought process to practicability.

Some of the children from schools in the London area were joined by Bath Rugby player and All Schools ambassador Dave Attwood who shared his experiences of the first time he put on an England shirt and played for his school. Dave even designed his own shirt which fans will get the chance to win in a competition!

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The designers have been hard at work making the designs a reality and the shirts will be given to the schools in February. One student from each school will be chosen to represent their school on the pitch at Twickenham during a RBS 6 Nations in February. This will be the first time the young players will wear their school’s rugby shirts and it will be in front of an 82,000 crowd!

Following the kit unveil, this year’s All Schools programme will culminate with in a Pitch Day celebration at Twickenham Stadium later in the year.

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