Carleton teen visits Twickenham

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A teenager from Carleton Community High School, Pontefract, stood in front of 82,000 rugby union fans on the famous Twickenham pitch earlier this month.

Hannah Martin, 14, was one of 100 students revealing the unique rugby shirts they created at Canterbury kit design workshops held across the UK last year.

The students also sang the national anthem with official anthem singer Laura Wright before the RBS 6 Nations England v Wales match on Sunday, March 9. They then watched England beat Wales 29-18.

The workshops were part of the All Schools project, aimed at getting more secondary schools involved in playing rugby union. Canterbury – England’s kit supplier – is the official partner of the programme.

The young people had the chance to design a shirt for their school and learned about the core values of rugby during the workshops.

Canterbury then turned the students’ artwork into the rugby shirts ready for the revealing at Twickenham.

Laura Wright also wore her own shirt, created at one of the workshops, in her role as an ambassador for the All Schools programme.

The programme works to introduce schools to rugby union by helping them follow a three-year tailored plan with links to local clubs. It is aimed at getting 400 state secondary schools playing the game before 2015 as part of England Rugby’s Rugby World Cup legacy plans.