PlayerLayer and Repton School have agreed a partnership making PlayerLayer the official and exclusive kit supplier.
Founded in 1557, Repton is more than just a school – it is a British sporting powerhouse. An institution that is characterised by a long history of tradition and sporting success, Repton is the envy of many.
The first recorded sports fixtures were played around 1860 whilst sports of all kinds have been hosted on Repton’s impressive grounds for nearly 200 years. Over this period, it has become renowned for producing international talent. Old Reptonians include: Harold Abrahams, who won 100m Gold in the 1924 Olympics – a feat which was later depicted in the Chariots of Fire film. C.B Fry, who represented England Cricket, England Football and held the World Long Jump record, and Bunny Austin, who, in 1936, was the last British Wimbledon finalist before Andy Murray. Repton has also produced 152 First Class cricketers during its existence.
In more recent times, since 2005, Repton boasts an impressive record of 38 National Schools Championship titles, eight senior international hockey players, six professional footballers and seven professional cricketers. Two Old Reptonians made history this year at Rio 2016 by winning Olympic Gold with Great Britain in the Women’s Hockey, whilst another claimed Bronze with her native Germany. Equally impressive is Repton's ability to marry inclusion and excellence at the same time; across all sports, it runs over 90 school teams every year, with a huge proportion of the student body involved.
The school’s facilities are unsurprisingly second to none and were the main training venue chosen by Great Britain’s Olympic Gold medal-winning swimmer, Adam Peaty, in the four years leading up to the Games. If hosting Olympic royalty was not enough, multi-million pound extensions are set to be unveiled at Repton’s sports centre in the near future.
Repton’s motto, Porta Vacat Culpa, which literally translates as ‘the gate is free from blame’, makes reference to ‘The Arch’, which can be found at the school’s entrance. The first team tradition of playing in maroon began in around 1880, pioneered by the footballers. Both The Arch and maroon jersey are integral to Repton's sporting identity, and add an emotional connection between the athlete and the institution they belong to.
The inaugural PlayerLayer kit pays tribute to the honour and pride of representing Repton, subtly incorporating its date of establishment and The Arch on all maroon playing shirts. Throughout a student’s development at Repton, one visualises putting on that famous maroon strip to defend The Arch against its fiercest rivals. It is a special moment when this dream becomes a reality.
Defend The Arch. Belong.