Two local students will have a dream Twickenham date to remember this year thanks to Canterbury and England Rugby.
Josh Cant (16) from Downham Academy, and Louis Cooper (14) from Swaffham’s Nicholas Hamond Academy, will be on the pitch before kick-off at the RBS 6 Nations England v Italy match on Saturday.
Cant and Cooper have been chosen to represent their individual schools at Twickenham on Valentine’s Day as part of the All Schools programme, an England Rugby initiative to get more state secondary schools playing rugby.
They will each be wearing bespoke rugby shirts especially designed by pupils from their respective schools at a Canterbury Kit Design workshop held last year.
Canterbury, official kit supplier to England Rugby, has been Official Partner to the All Schools programme since it began three years ago.
Each year 100 state secondary schools are invited to take part in the programme during which they are given an opportunity to attend one of a number of Kit Design workshops with the designers from Canterbury.
Both students attended the workshop at Bury St Edmunds 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 of the workshop was that the design was to be the pupils’ choice; no teachers were allowed to influence it. At the end of the workshop the final design was signed off by the school and handed over to Canterbury for production.
Canterbury has now produced a set of team shirts for each of the 100 schools involved and the final results will be seen at Twickenham on Saturday when the duo will join 98 other pupils on the pitch each wearing their school’s own unique design.