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Spalding Academy student Keavy Langford shows off shirt on Twickenham pitch

A Spalding Academy student had the experience of a lifetime when she unveiled the school’s new Canterbury rugby shirt in front of thousands at Twickenham ahead of England’s Six Nations clash with Italy.

Keavy Langford (15) proudly stood on the famous Twickenham pitch for the national anthems wearing her school’s new playing kit.

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.

Keavy was one of 62 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 she admitted the whole day – when she met CBRE All Schools Ambassador and England international Sam Underhill, as well as lining up on the pitch for the anthems and then sitting in the crowd afterwards for the action – would live long in the memory.

keavy with England internationals Zoe Aldcroft and Sam Underhill. (7689057)
keavy with England internationals Zoe Aldcroft and Sam Underhill. (7689057)

“It’s been an absolutely amazing experience,” said the Year 11 pupil. “It was really fun being able to design the shirt, especially as I got to do it with my friends as well.

“It turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to look, as the image in my head wasn’t as clear, so I’m delighted.

“I’d never been to a game at Twickenham but to be able to watch England as walk out on the pitch was amazing..

“I love rugby because of the teamwork and people being able to put trust in others. I just get pure enjoyment out of it.”

Each shirt was designed 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.

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 www.englandrugby.com/allschools to find out more.


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