Date: Sunday 26th February 2017
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Match: RBS 6 Nations Match England v Italy.
Occasion: The Canterbury Kit unveil for the CBRE Allschools Programme.
Applemore College is currently taking part in the Allschools programme with the Rugby Football Union – this is a three year project designed to embed Rugby into the school and encourage more students to participate in the sport. This will be the first year for Applemore College and ensures us the opportunity to receive coaching and equipment along with a unique opportunity to design our own school Rugby shirt, sponsored by Canterbury.
Following a Shirt Design Workshop at Reading RFC in October, where Sam Suka, David Tuipolotu (Year7), Freddie Marshall and Archie Southwick (Year 8) were given the task of creating Applemore’s design, the time had come for it to become a reality. Freddie was eventually chosen to unveil the new Applemore U14 Shirt.
The day started at 8.30 am with Mr Marsh and Mr Andrews accompanying Freddie to Twickenham.
The morning consisted of a series of Workshops which included a rehearsal of the set-up on the pitch and a crash course in learning and singing the National Anthem, led by professional soprano Laura Wright. They also met and had their photo taken with England player Billy Vinupola who is the RFU Ambassador for the Allschools programme.
During the afternoon, and following lunch, it was time for the main event and at 2.50pm Freddie was led out onto the pitch, along with 99 other students who were representing their schools from across the country, to line up behind Laura and sing the National Anthem in the new shirt. To add to all the excitement, England went on to beat Italy 36-15 in the RBS 6 Nations match!
Freddie described his day as ‘an awesome experience’ and one that he will never forget.
Let’s hope the new shirt brings some positive Rugby results and gives our students the opportunity to wear it with pride when they are representing the school.
Mr T Andrews
Head of PE