Pupils receive a surprise royal visit at Canterbury kit design workshop

35 pupils from schools across the south east got a surprise during a Canterbury kit design workshop when Prince Harry paid them an unexpected visit.

The students were attending the workshop as part of the All Schools programme, an initiative launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union, which aims to get more secondary state school children playing rugby.

Canterbury is official partner to All Schools and Prince Harry is patron.

The objective of the kit design workshops is to encourage schools to design their own team shirt.

Canterbury then turns them into bespoke kits to be worn by the school’s rugby team.

The pupils were engaged in the workshop at Twickenham on October 17 when Prince Harry dropped in to check out their designs.

“It was fantastic to see Prince Harry chatting to pupils as they designed their shirts,” Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the RFU, says.

“Judging by their reaction, they all had a truly memorable experience and one I hope will encourage them to continue enjoying rugby.”

Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury, says: “This is our second year as official kit partner to All Schools.

“It’s a fantastic initiative to get more secondary state schools interested in and playing rugby and we are fully committed to supporting the programme.

“We’ve been receiving amazing feedback from those involved in our kit design workshops.

“I don’t think the pupils attending Twickenham will forget their special day in a hurry.”

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