Croydon’s Archbishop Lanfranc School and Oasis Academy pupils chosen to design team rugby shirt


By - Monday 22nd September, 2014

A group of pupils from The Archbishop Lanfranc School and Oasis Academy will be taking part in a workshop where they will design 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. 


Getting into rugby: students on the pitch at Twickenham. Photo provided by Canterbury Teamwork and used with permission.

Release begins: The Canterbury kit design workshops are part of the All Schools programme which was launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation. All Schools is a programme to help more state secondary school children play rugby and to encourage new players to join local clubs. From September 2014, 100 new schools will join All Schools, of which The Archbishop Lanfranc School and Oasis Academy are two. With this additional group on board, All Schools will have over 300 schools participating since the initiative was launched.

The Canterbury Kit Design workshops will see lucky pupils learn about the history, heritage, values and importance of the rugby shirt. One of Canterbury’s experienced designers will talk 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 will be 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. The third year of All Schools coincides with the RFU’s legacy plans for Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted by England.

Canterbury CEO, Chris Stephenson said: “We’re passionate about working together with the RFU on the All Schools project and are looking forward to supporting these 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 two years and encouraging that the schools are building such strong club links.”

 The Archbishop Lanfranc School and Oasis Academy will take part in the Canterbury Kit Design workshop Streatham-Croydon on 2nd October.

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.”

 Schools that are new to rugby are identified in regional clusters and supported over three years with a tailored programme to meet the school’s individual needs, including links to a local club. By establishing relationships with rugby clubs it will help the school and club to retain more players and expand the game.

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Release provider : Bird Consultancy and Canterbury Teamwear

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