Barnsley Academy’s Lewis took to the turf at Twickenham during England’s Six Nations clash with Italy to unveil the school’s new rugby kit.
Lewis’s visit was the culmination of the academy’s involvement in the ‘All School’s’ initiative, run by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and supported by CBRE, the leading commercial property and real estate services advisor, to encourage more students into playing rugby.
As part of the initiative, last summer saw the Worsbrough based school receive a variety of brand new rugby equipment for the students to use in curricular and enrichment time. This was followed up with the academy’s rugby squad members Rohan and Aaron being asked to help design a kit for the school, incorporating ideas from the heritage of Barnsley with the academy colours of royal blue, black and white.
And on 26th February, Barnsley Academy’s Lewis, vice-captain of the school’s Year 9 rugby squad, took to the pitch at Twickenham to unveil the new kit produced by suppliers Canterbury, joining representatives from all of the other schools involved in the ‘All School’s’ scheme. Lewis then went on to watch England beat Italy 36-15 in a thrilling game, as well as meeting England international Billy Vunipola.
Commented Barnsley Academy Principal Mr Stephen Dixon:
“Thanks to the excellent support of the RFU and it’s ‘All Schools’ initiative, Rugby continues to grow in popularity here at the academy, with boys and girls taking part. Our Year 7 and 9 boys’ teams remain undefeated and we look forward to seeing some of our players actually competing in the Six Nations in the future!”