Nathan Collett from Ellesmere Port Catholic High School had a day to remember on Sunday 9th March when he stood on the famous pitch at Twickenham before the RBS 6 Nations England v Wales match, proudly wearing their school's new rugby shirt as they sang the National Anthem.
Nathan was one of a group of students standing proud as they joined England Rugby's official anthem singer, soprano Laura Wright, in front of a sell-out crowd of 82,000 fans to reveal the unique rugby shirts they'd designed at a Canterbury Kit Design workshop last year.
The workshops were part of All Schools, England Rugby's programme to get more secondary state schools playing rugby, and of which Canterbury – the official kit supplier to England Rugby – is Official Partner.
9th March was the official reveal of the schools' shirts. The students were presented with their kits in the morning before taking part in a rehearsal with choreographer Simon Lole to prepare them for their big day on the pitch.
Just before kick-off they gathered on the pitch wearing their shirt designs behind Laura Wright, also sporting her own bespoke shirt she created at one of the workshops in her role as an ambassador for All Schools. After accompanying Laura with the national anthem, the pupils left the pitch and headed to their seats to sit back and enjoy the game, watching a victorious England beat Wales 29-18.
100 pupils in total represented their respective schools on the day, each wearing a shirt they'd helped create at one of the Canterbury Kit Design workshops held across the UK in September and October last year.
During the workshops the pupils got to learn about the core values of the game and the importance of the rugby shirt before putting their thoughts and designs to paper. The final designs were signed off by the school before Canterbury took them away to prepare the students' artwork for production, leading to the official reveal at Twickenham on Sunday 9th March 2014.