Search

Unforgettable day for Bridge Academy pupil

PUBLISHED: 10:39 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:39 28 February 2017

Bridge Academy's Dillon Lee with Billy Vunipola

Bridge Academy's Dillon Lee with Billy Vunipola

Archant

School unveil new rugby shirts at Twickenham

A young rugby fan from Hackney’s Bridge Academy got the experience of a lifetime when they unveiled their school’s new Canterbury rugby shirt in front of thousands at Twickenham ahead of England’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy.

Just minutes before England kicked off against the Italians on Sunday, Dillon Lee proudly entered the famous Twickenham pitch wearing his school’s new playing kit for the national anthems.

The opportunity came as part of the CBRE All Schools programme, launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union, which aims to get more state secondary schools playing rugby and encourage students to join local clubs.

Dillon was one of 100 students from across England who were picked to unveil their new shirts in front of thousands of rugby supporters on behalf of their respective schools.

And the 13-year-old admitted the whole day – which also saw him meet CBRE All Schools Ambassador and England international Billy Vunipola, line up on the pitch for the anthems and then sit in the crowd afterwards for the action – would live long in the memory.

“I think it is cool that I get to represent my school on this stage. I felt nervous going out onto the pitch. I have seen the people in the stadium before on TV but it was very different out there,” said Dillon, who was joined on the day by teacher Jon Bellinger.

“We used a London skyline for an outline to represent where we come from and we used our school uniform colours for the main body of the kit.”

Each shirt was individually designed by the school children at Canterbury kit design workshops last year.

Pupils worked with Canterbury employees to learn about the core values of rugby, the pride associated with the shirt and the importance of colours, logos and emblems.

England and Saracens number eight Vunipola was also on hand at the kit unveil to share his experience of what it means to represent England, the importance of the shirt and take centre stage at Twickenham on match day.

“It’s great to see more state secondary schools getting involved in rugby through the CBRE All Schools programme,” he said.

“The atmosphere in Twickenham on match day is very special and it’s fantastic that the students got to experience it first-hand. Who knows, maybe one of them will be playing for England one day!”

Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury, added: “This is our fourth year as Official Partner of the All Schools programme – something we are extremely proud to be part of.

“The students did their schools proud by wearing a shirt they designed at such a huge game. Hopefully some special memories were made.”

*CBRE All Schools supported by Canterbury is one of the RFU’s key legacy programmes, set up to increase the number of state secondary schools playing rugby union in England. Visit englandrugby.com/allschools to find out more.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

17:52

North London Chorus continues its 40th anniversary season with Zurich’s Contrapunto Chor, who are currently celebrating their own 30th birthday.

14:18

Arsenal will be aiming to seal their position at the top of their UEFA Europa League group on Thursday when they visit rock-bottom Cologne.

19:01

Working to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds was the focus of Hackney MP Diane Abbott’s visit to Mossbourne Community Academy.

The 20-year-old didn’t feature in a competitive game under O’s former head coach, but enjoyed working with him

13:00

Spurs came from behind to win away at Borussia Dortmund and confirm their place as winners of Group H

17:19

Mayor Phil Glanville has slammed the budget for doing next to nothing to help cash-strapped councils like Hackney.

12:00

Boyhood Arsenal fan and NBA star OG Anunoby wants to inspire the next generation of young Great British basketball players.

Third outing for Noel and friends is surprising in a good way – even (whisper it) fun.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists