A school rugby team from Coventry is heading to Romania – and will look the part in a new kit they helped to design.
The 22-player squad from Westwood Academy is travelling to Bucharest for a five-day stay, where they will play two matches against local sides.
The Year 9/10 boys fly out on Friday (April 12) and for many it is their first time on a sporting tour in a year when England’s rugby union team will take part in an overseas World Cup.
The team have been honing their skills in advance of the trip but also their design skills as they helped to create their new look strip, which has been sponsored by Henley-in-Arden based property company, Rainier Developments Limited.
Teacher and coach David Teasdale said: “This is going to a fantastic experience for the boys and playing rugby is only part of that – it’s a chance to experience a different culture and see a different part of the world.
“Romania was recommended to us as a place that is a bit different to where schools might ordinarily tour and the boys are really looking forward to it.
“The new kits look great and the boys have enjoyed playing a part in designing them in our school colours. We feel extremely privileged to have the support of Rainier and the wider community. They will do the school and the city proud.”
Skipper Ollie Cunningham is 14-years-old and has been playing rugby for nine years.
Ollie, who plays at fly half, said: “I’ve never been abroad with a team like this before so I am very excited. We want to have a good time and we want to win our matches while we are over there.
“It’s a chance to see a different country and to meet some new people too, so I can’t wait. The boys all helped to design the kit we are going to be wearing and it looks really good.”
Richard Mees, managing director of Rainier Developments Limited, which is creating a private housing scheme on the site of Elliotts Car Accessories on the corner of London Road and Gulson Road, said the company was proud to back the side from Westwood Academy.
He said: “The benefits of playing sport and going on an overseas tour are massive and it’s something these boys will remember for their whole life.
“We are delighted to be able to kit them out in a fantastic new strip and we are sure they will give a great account of themselves out in Romania.
“Rainier Developments has recently become involved in Coventry through our development on the former Elliotts Car Accessories site and we want to ensure we are embedded in the local community as much as possible.”
Pictured: Skipper Ollie Cunningham (front) with the squad, teacher David Teasdale, head teacher Jane Benton and Rainier Developments’ Josh Sinnett and Grant Stevenson.