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Can they kick it? Portland students design own rugby kit
PORTLAND students got a chance to design their own rugby kit.
Pupils from Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy attended a Canterbury Kit Design workshop at Salisbury RFC where they learned about the heritage and values of a rugby shirt, before creating their own unique shirt design for the school rugby team.
The Canterbury workshops are part of All Schools, an initiative launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation, to help more secondary state school children play rugby. Canterbury is Official Partner to All Schools, and Prince Harry is Patron.
During the day a representative from the RFU gave the schools a brief history of the rugby shirt and its values, inviting questions and feedback from the pupils, before one of Canterbury’s shirt designers talked them through the technical elements of designing the shirt. Sample rugby shirts were in abundance and many had the chance to pull on an England shirt and pass round and try on a genuine England cap.
The schools then had to design the shirt they wanted for their school rugby team.
They were encouraged to think about the colours, what their shirt meant to them, any mottos and values, and the pride they’d feel wearing their own design.
Teachers were there to help and advise, but were given strict instructions not to take over; any teacher seen to be doing so was yellow carded and ‘sin-binned’ by their pupils.
By the end of the workshop each school had decided on the final design which they presented to the rest of the groups, before it was signed off and taken away by Canterbury to be worked up as a CAD for production.
Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury said: “This is our second year as Official Partner of All Schools; it’s a fantastic initiative to get more secondary state schools interested in and playing rugby, we are fully committed to supporting the programme.”
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