Playing the long game
UGBY School turns 450 in 2017 and plans a calendar of events that include a rugby relay across the globe and a documentary film. The school was founded in 1567 and its legacy includes the invention of rugby football in the 1830s—the apocryphal story centres on pupil William Webb Ellis, who, in 1823, ‘with a fine disregard for the rules… first took the ball in his arms and ran with it’.
The 2017 celebrations include the publication of From Elizabeth to Elizabeth, a book on Rugby’s place in history; a year-long exhibition at the school (from January 9); the Global Pass, in which two Rugbeians, inspired by the journey of the Olympic Torch, will pass a Dhl-tracked rugby ball across the Globe 450 times; an international schools’ rugby sevens tournament in March; a London street festival in April; and a new documentary film featuring the 450th Overture by Rugbeian Nathan Williamson and a 450th Anniversary Anthem composed by Simon Johnson, organist of St Paul’s Cathedral. The anniversary year will end with a thanksgiving service at Coventry Cathedral. Visit www.rugbyschool.co.uk/450th for further information.