Wigan Warriors have today combined with Erreà to launch the club’s new academy kit, which was designed by competition winner Connor Davies-Aspey.
The competition was started in early 2015 after the Warriors wanted to allow the fans’ input by desgining the club’s academy shirt, and therefore invited school children from across the region to submit their designs.
After narrowing down to a final eight designs, and following a Dragons Den style pitch in front of a selected panel, the winner was 13-year-old Connor Davies-Aspey, a lifelong Wigan fan.
As a result of his design being selected as the winner, Connor won a trip with his parents to travel to Parma, Italy to see the first shirt to be manufactured.
Connor was also allowed to reveal the kit on Thursday morning via Twitter, and was delighted that his design was the one to be picked as the winner.
“I really can’t believe that the shirt I desgined will be worn by the Wigan academy teams next season,” he said.
“Having supported Wigan all of my life, it was an amazing feeling to win the competition, the trip to Italy was great too, I think my parents enjoyed it as much as me!”
Connor also revelaed his thinking behind his competition winning design.
“When I think of Wigan, I think of the emotions, passion, commitment, dedication and excitement. The one thing they have in common is they all make my heart beat and that’s how I came up with the heartbeat desgin.”
Wigan have revealed that the new Academy shirt will also help support the cardiac health of Rugby League players, which has become a very important matter following the death of Danny Jones earlier this year. Wigan Warriors will do this by making a donation from each shirt directly to the RFL.
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