8th March 2016

AHS at Twickenham


Year 11 student Aaron McDonald was chosen to unveil our new rugby kit on the Twickenham pitch before the England v Ireland 6 Nations game at the end of February.

The day started early for Aaron when he presented the new kit in front of representatives from 100 different schools. They then all watched video clips about the ‘All Schools Programme’ RFU All Schools and the impact it is currently having on schools across the UK.

Aaron then practiced singing the national anthem with an official choir leader and professional opera singer Laura Wright, before going on to the pitch to find out where he would be standing when singing the national anthem in front of 82,000 fans before the game! After that, it was time for lunch and a chance to meet students from the other participating schools. Then it was on to be a ‘guide of honour’ for the England team and Aaron found himself completely starstruck when some of his favourite England players, including Mike Brown, walked past him into the changing rooms.

Finally, it was time to walk out onto the pitch to sing the national anthem in front of 82,000 noisy England and Ireland fans. An amazing experience for Aaron; “Tears came into my eyes as I sang the national anthem along with the players and fans. It was like no other feeling I have experienced and I had shivers down my spine.”

The game did not disappoint. The first-half was fairly exciting; however, the second-half was even better as England beat Ireland 21-10. A brilliant end to an amazing day.

The final word goes to Aaron: “The atmosphere was electric from start to finish and this day is surely one I will never forget.”