New kit for school team as pupil wins design prize

Brian Ashton and Orlando Bridgeman with the shirt.
Brian Ashton and Orlando Bridgeman with the shirt.

A teenager helped his school rugby team score a new kit by winning a national competition to design a rugby sevens team shirt.

Thirteen-year-old Orlando Bridgeman, from near Alnwick, entered the #thisismykit contest, run by sportswear firm Kukri.

And his asymmetrical design came out on top.

It meant that Orlando and his Mowden Hall School rugby team-mates were presented with the new kit – based on his design – on Friday by ex-England rugby coach Brian Ashton, who personally selected the winning entry. Ashton also presented a framed shirt to the team for the school to keep as a memento.

The team wore the new kit during the Schools’ National Sevens Rugby Tournament, held at Rosslyn Park, near London, on Monday, although they didn’t win.