Pupils from Ely College attended a workshop at Shelford RFC where they learnt about the heritage and values of a rugby shirt.
The Canterbury Kit Design workshop also enabled the students to create their own unique shirt design to be proudly worn by the college’s rugby team.
The workshops are part of All Schools - an initiative launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation, which aims to help more secondary state school children play rugby.
Ely College is one of around 100 schools to join the programme in 2013, with over 200 secondary state schools now participating since it was launched.
During the workshop, a representative from the RFU gave the schools a brief history of the rugby shirt and its values, and one of Canterbury’s experienced shirt designers talked them through the technical elements of designing the shirt, and things to consider when creating their own design.
The schools were then given a free hand to design the shirt they wanted for their school rugby team to be competing in.
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.
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 to be put into 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.”