Valentine’s Day was all about the rugby

The Year 8 rugby design team from Felpham Community College: Andrew Fadera, Ethan Clarke, Owen Henton ad Taylor Clarke. SUS-151102-163337001
The Year 8 rugby design team from Felpham Community College: Andrew Fadera, Ethan Clarke, Owen Henton ad Taylor Clarke. SUS-151102-163337001

IT was a Valentine’s Day to remember for two students.

Year-8 student Taylor Clarke, 12, from Felpham Community College appeared on the pitch before kick-off at the RBS Six Nations England v Italy match at Twickenham on Saturday alongside 14-year-old Ollie Luxton from The Regis School.

The pair were chosen to represent the school as part of the All Schools programme, an England Rugby initiative to get more state secondary schools playing rugby.

Felpham Community College’s head teacher Mark Anstiss said: “Felpham is currently successfully collaborating with The Regis and Ormiston as part of the RFU All Schools Project.

“Over the next three years we aim to develop our rugby teams across all year groups, both within lessons and with after school fixtures.

“We are very proud of the shirt designed by Taylor and our Year-8 team and we look forward to showcasing our new kit at forthcoming games.”

On the day, both Taylor and Ollie wore bespoke rugby shirts specially designed by pupils from their respective schools at a Canterbury kit design workshop held last year.

Both schools attended the workshop at Milbrook RFC where the pupils enjoyed an interactive session on the history of the rugby shirt and the practicalities of design, before being given free rein to create a shirt in which their school rugby team will play.

The only stipulation was the design was to be the pupils’ choice – no teachers were allowed to influence it.

Canterbury produced a set of team shirts for each of the 100 schools involved with the final results seen when Taylor and Ollie joined 98 other pupils on the pitch, each wearing their school’s own unique design.