Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Reigate Grammar School dressed for all weathers with Kukri

Phil Mann, Director of Sport at Reigate Grammar School, discusses how Kukri makes sure they are always wearing the right kit

Posted by Lucinda Reid | January 16, 2017 | Sports & Leisure

It gets chilly out there on the sports field at this time of year, and making sure that our students are suited and booted appropriately is key to ensuring that they can continue to enjoy outdoor activity whatever the weather. 

We play hockey, rugby and netball in the winter, and the sixth-formers also do football, so there’s still a lot going on. We regard sport as a life choice and we have a full fixtures programme year-round whatever the weather. Whether our students are aiming to become an elite athlete or simply enjoy the comradery and fun of playing sport, there’s no reason to stop playing when the thermometer starts to drop.

We issue a sports kit list at the start of the academic year, showing which items are compulsory and which we recommend if parents choose to buy them. Our uniform includes a hooded top, warm coat and jacket; there are also woolen hats and gloves. Students often wear base layer skins underneath their playing kit to provide extra warmth. Even if they’re not used for training, it’s always good to have these at hand to put on afterwards.

But even if winter kit is available, how do you persuade the students to wear it? We source all our sports kit from a single manufacturer, Kukri Sports, which puts the school colours at the forefront of the designs. They make sure it’s attractive to the students, and in fact we often see them wearing it around town at weekends.

It’s also important to be mindful of the cold when considering how best to teach sport in the winter months. We try to make activity-based games so that we don’t have long queues of students waiting to do a drill. We go for a lot of action and keep the students moving to ward off the chill. As well as bracing the chill outside, our students also feel the cold indoors, as each year they take part in the British Ski Academy Inter-school Ski Challenge. We train on dry slopes and a couple of indoor ski centres in the UK before setting off for the mountains. In the Sports Department, we’re just as busy at this time of year as at the height of summer, and with a sports kit suitable for all weathers nothing is out of reach.

For more information visit,

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Related stories

In with the new at Eaton Square Upper School

Game on for Kukri Sports

AKS Lytham: a place to flourish

Kit out your sports team for next season

Dress to impress with Kukri Sports

Reigate Grammar headteacher named HMC chair for 2018-19

Brighton rocks

The minefields of school uniforms

New partnership brings Surrey schools together

It's all in the details

Market place - view all

Squad kit

doOur sportswear products have been developed in close cooperation...

Huck nets

For over 50 years, the HUCK-Label has signified: - high-quality ne...

Leafield Environmental

A specialist range of recycling bins and litter bins for external a...

S&C Slatter

S&C Slatter have over 20 years experience as specialists in constru...

Panopto AT

Panopto is a software company that provides lecture recording, scr...


Gerflor is a group that creates, manufactures and markets innovativ...