Cartoon King designs King’s Rugby Shirt

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Brilliant 12-year-old King’s School designer Christian Beeston can’t wait to wear his award-winning rugby shirt.

The talented Year 8 King’s pupil, who last year won the British Cartoonists’ Association’s Young Cartoonist of the Year Competition, has now won the school’s own competition to design the First Team rugby shirt.

The new design is saved only for those selected for the hallowed King’s First Team and has reverential status at the school, but already playing in the Under-13s as a flying wingman Christian has dreams of donning the shirt in years to come.

Christian said: “I hope my blue, red and white design is timeless because I have some years until I can get my turn at the top level, but I have been given my own replica as a prize and that’s good for now.”

Christian, who wants to be a designer or one of Britain’s world leading animators, said: “I have been designing for as long as I can remember,” and admits to being something of a doodler. “I just love drawing. I find it very relaxing just playing around with some pens and paper. I do most of my drawings in connection with school work as I don’t have much time at home.”

King’s Head of Rugby Guy Mason said: “We have held a competition to design our First Team squad rugby shirt for many years, but this is the best design yet and is without doubt the coolest shirt on the Northern rugby school’s circuit, indeed, I would imagine anywhere nationwide.

Guy added: “After winning the county sevens and King’s Under-15s winning the Warwick sevens we will be one of the teams to beat in the series of prestigious national tournaments that will come thick and fast over the next few weeks.”