PlayerLayer and Shrewsbury School have agreed a partnership making PlayerLayer the official and exclusive kit supplier.

Founded in 1552, Shrewsbury don’t just play by the rules, they make them. None more so than in the mid-19th century when a group of ‘Salopians’ (as Shrewsbury students are known) played a pivotal role in the meetings held to codify the game of football. As a result, the world’s oldest copy of the ‘Laws of the Game’ currently resides in the School’s Moser Library.

 

 Shrewsbury also boast the oldest cross-country club in the world (founded in 1831) – famously known as ‘The Hunt’. Originally seen as a substitute for fox-hunting, The Hunt has evolved over time, but, many of the old traditions remain today. At the beginning of their races, its runners are spurred on by an age-old cry, which is bellowed by the red-coated Huntsman: “All hounds who wish to run – run hard, run well and may the devil take the hindmost”.

 

 

That is to say, finish last at your peril. Meanwhile, the first runner to cross the finish line is said to have ‘killed’. Shrewsbury also play host to the infamously grueling 5km ‘Tucks’, an annual race in which the whole school competes, which is unsurprisingly thought of as the oldest cross-country track in the world.

 

 

It is the quirky, quintessentially British nature of traditions like The Hunt that make Shrewsbury one of the most unique and historic institutions in the country.

As a school that has evolved and developed significantly since its inception in 1552, it is only fitting that its most famous ‘old boy’, regarded as one of the most influential figures in human history, is Charles Darwin.

 The cross patée, which is taken from the St Edward’s crown, features in the Shrewsbury School crest, and has become a significant and historic symbol for the school. It is widely believed that the cross was introduced as an award to students for achieving sporting excellence.

Over time, the use of the cross had diminished, with only the Royal Shrewsbury School Boat Club (RSSBC) continuing its tradition by the mid-1980s.

However, the cross has now been reintroduced in a discreet yet distinctive manner throughout the PlayerLayer range to act as a unifying symbol for all sports teams, whilst also paying tribute to Shrewsbury’s rich history.