- Each shirt was designed by pupils
- The CBRE All Schools Programme was launched in 2012
A hundred students from this season’s CBRE All Schools intake unveiled their schools’ new Canterbury rugby shirts on the Twickenham pitch before England took on Italy in their third RBS 6 Nations match.
Each shirt was individually designed by pupils at Canterbury kit design workshops, while they learned about the core values of rugby and the pride associated with the shirt.
The CBRE All Schools programme, launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union, has now established rugby in an additional 500 state secondary schools.
The programme plans to take rugby to 750 schools by 2019 as part of the RFU’s Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy.
CBRE All Schools Ambassador Billy Vunipola shared with the pupils his experience of what it means to represent England.
“It’s great to see more state secondary schools getting involved in rugby through the CBRE All Schools programme," said Vunipola. "The atmosphere in Twickenham on match day is very special and it’s fantastic that the students will get to experience it first-hand, who knows, maybe one of them will be playing for England one day.”
Andrew Morgan, a teacher at Hodge Hill College, said it was a speical experence for the pupil. "It’s been hugely exciting to have pupils both involved in designing our new school rugby shirt and especially in getting the opportunity to unveil it on the pitch today.
"It’s great to be involved in the CBRE All Schools programme and we look forward to continuing to grow rugby and participation in our school."
All the shirts on display were created by pupils for their schools’ rugby teams to wear, and all were provided free by Canterbury.
“This is our fourth year as Official Partner of the All Schools programme – something we are extremely proud to be part of," said Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury.
"The students were doing their schools proud by wearing shirts they designed at such a huge game and, hopefully, gaining some special memories. “