Denstone College is a 11–18 co-educational day and boarding school committed to providing an all-round education through high academic standards, first-class sporting provision and a wealth of extra-curricular opportunity. The college always strives to improve its provision in all areas, including sport. This has resulted in unprecedented levels of success for teams and high-performing individuals.
Sport plays an important role within school life, developing independent-minded pupils who display resilience and grit under pressure. The college has representation within performance pathways across the major sports in every age group with seven former pupils who have left in the last three years having gained full-time professional sports contracts.
The philosophy of giving pupils the opportunity to fulfil potential whilst striving for individual and collective levels of excellence underpins the current culture and level of success. In 2016, three Denstonians represented England Under 18 in rugby and two former pupils made their first-class cricket debuts for Derbyshire County Cricket Club as well as having one boy in the current Wales Under 18 rugby training squad. The number of pupils representing the college has steadily risen, culminating in a school of 600 pupils fielding 35 fixtures concurrently involving 64% of the college (up 6% on 2015) and 81% of pupils playing in a fixture of some kind throughout the last academic year.
In 2016, Denstone College and Kukri Sports renewed their partnership which sees the bespoke sportswear specialist continue to provide kit for all 600 pupils and staff across the entire sports programme until 2019.
“Kukri provides some of the best bespoke sportswear on the market and their ability to cater for all our sports offering was one of the key reasons we chose to continue working with them. Kukri is able to understand exactly what we need and provide a completely unique kit that represents Denstone College exceptionally well. Our highly successful partnership with Kukri is central to the long-term strategic development of sport at the college,” said Tommy Williams, Director of Sport at the College.
Kukri Sports was chosen by Denstone because of the need to provide a unified look across all sportswear and the shared values of maintaining a commitment to excellence.
“We are delighted with our ongoing partnership as kit supplier to Denstone College. Denstone is a fantastic school with an esteemed sporting reputation. We are proud to provide a bespoke kit which represents their values and we look forward to progressing this relationship,” said Danielle Jordan-Taft, Kukri Sports Sales Director.
Kukri Sports worked closely with the college to produce a full range of bespoke performance sportswear that not only meets the needs of the students and staff but is a kit that the students can be proud to be seen in both on and off the field. The result was a unified, unique look across all sports teams at Denstone with the right balance between performance and durability.