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Le Rondin’s footballers will fight like lions in ‘best kit in island’

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LE RONDIN SCHOOL’S Lions were roaring with pride at their newly-designed football kits yesterday.

Pupils, left to right, Charlie, Braiden, Kian and William show the football kit for Le Rondin School, which has been designed with the help of creative agency Oi. The badge leans heavily on Guernsey FC’s three green lions badge, but is multi-coloured to show that everyone at the school is a part of the team. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 27134337)

Year 5 and 6 students designed a new strip with the help of creative agency Oi.

Now students can embody a lion’s courage while going head-to-head – or foot-to-foot – at inter-school matches.

Ruairi O’Neill, former Le Rondin head of PE, said ‘The students put everything into the design process and with a little help created a logo which perfectly embodies Le Rondin spirit – one of courage, bravery and strength.’

Players will wear yellow and white shirts and bright yellow hoodies.

Goal keepers will sport a long-sleeved bright orange shirt.

Accessories included football socks, black shorts, and black beanie hats with logos.

Bright colours were used intentionally so visually impaired children could easily see other team players on the pitch.

Early last year Mr O’Neill approached Oi CEO Peter Grange to secure the much-needed new kit.

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‘All different colours are on the logo to show everyone at Le Rondin is part of the team,’ said Mr O’Neill. ‘No other school on the island has kits this good.’

Pupils attended a workshop at Oi to refine ideas, then shortlisted logos were given to its creative team to finalise workable versions.

The purpose-built school and centre caters for primary age pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties.

‘I’m glad to have been able to give something back to Le Rondin, as they were instrumental in giving my own daughter the confidence and abilities she has today,’ said Mr Grange.

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Guernsey Football Club coach Tony Vance also attended the presentation.

Special guest Roary the Lion, the GFC mascot, was expected to visit, but was stuck off-island due to Storm Ciara.

‘He’s a naughty lion, but he’s really upset not to be here,’ Mr Vance said. ‘How about at your first tournament in your new kits I’ll get Roary to come down and be your mascot for the day?’

Badge design was praised and the link to GFC’s three green lions badge was made.

‘We chose lions for the exact same reasons – for courage and bravery,’ Mr Vance said.

‘When we go to matches we’re worried when we’re against people bigger than us. We draw on our lion’s courage just like you will when competing.’

Emily Hubert

By Emily Hubert
News reporter

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