Corby pupil will grace hallowed turf at Twickenham

Kierin Robertson, 14,a pupil at Lodge Park Academy, Corby, is to grace the hallowed turf at Twickenham
Kierin Robertson, 14,a pupil at Lodge Park Academy, Corby, is to grace the hallowed turf at Twickenham

A pupil from Lodge Park Academy in Corby will join England Rugby’s official anthem singer, soprano Laura Wright, on the pitch at Twickenham to reveal a shirt designed by the school.

On Sunday, March 9, ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales, Kierin Robertson will join 100 pupils who will be representing their schools, each wearing a shirt created at a Canterbury kit design workshop.

The project was part of All Schools, England Rugby’s programme to encourage more secondary state schools play the game.

Canterbury, the official kit supplier to England Rugby, held workshops across the UK and invited the 100 schools taking part in the programme to design a rugby shirt for their school team.

Kierin will be proudly wearing the unique rugby shirt he helped design for his school at Twickenham.

The 14-year-old, who plays rugby for the Year 9 team, was chosen to represent Lodge Park Academy because of his commitment to sport and passion for rugby.

He said: “I am really happy to have been given this opportunity to visit Twickenham and to represent my school. I would like to say thank you to the school for all the support I have had with my rugby.”

During the workshops pupils learned 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.

Canterbury will be providing each of the 100 schools with their bespoke shirts for their teams to play competitive rugby in.

The shirts will be revealed by the pupils in a spectacular display on the pitch as they perform alongside Laura Wright as she entertains the crowd ahead of the highly anticipated clash between the rival nations.

The students will join Laura to sing the National Anthem in front of the 82,000 sell-out crowd before they head off to their seats to enjoy the match.