STUDENTS from Earl Mortimer College were invited to attended an RFU course to learn about rugby's core values.

The CRBE All Schools programme seeks to introduce rugby and expand participation in state secondary schools.

Each school selected is then able to attend an interactive, regional workshop run by sports kit manufacturer Canterbury, allowing students to personally design their school’s new kit as well as learn about rugby’s core values and the importance of taking pride in wearing the jersey.

The Earl Mortimer College students attended one of the workshops at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium.

The event also allowed them to meet former World Cup winners Lewis Moody and Natasha Hunt – who both appeared as proud programme ambassadors.

Paul Bescoby, a Key Stage Four pastoral leader at the school, said: “Being part of the All Schools initiative is bigger than I realised, regarding the support with coaching, the kit we’ve received and just raising the profile of rugby in our own school and community.

“We want to try and produce more players for our local clubs and allow their success to grow.

“Rugby is the most successful and accessible it’s been for a few years now, and I think now having the coaching and the kit a lot more students are playing rugby and a lot more students are enjoying it.

“There’s a good buzz about rugby at the moment, and that’s what’s starting to come through in some of our recent matches, as we’re having a bit more success than we have done recently.”

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.