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Le Rondin Lions roar with pride

20 November 2019

The Le Rondin Primary School Lions football team have designed their own new football kit thanks to the help of the Guernsey team of leading Channel Island creative agency, Oi.

The purpose-built Special Primary School and Centre caters for primary age pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties. Early last year, former teacher, Ruairi O’Neill approached Oi’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Grange to help secure a much-needed new kit for the school children.

The team at Oi Guernsey thought it would be a great project for the children themselves, and set a brief for the Year 5 pupils to design a new logo for their football team. They then held a workshop with the pupils to help refine their ideas and designs.

The shortlisted logo ideas were set to computer graphics by Oi’s creative team, who created final, workable versions for Le Rondin Lions strip. Staff and pupils were invited to the agency to watch the final logo take shape, look around, meet the team and were given a little presentation about what advertising agencies do. They then all got to have a go on Oi’s metal slide that links the upstairs offices to the conference area downstairs, in their warehouse office in St Martins.

The pupils were given their newly branded football strip all sponsored by Oi, which includes hats, hoodies, tops, shorts and socks, at a special presentation at 10am on Monday 10th February with Tony Vance, Guernsey Football Club Coach, Ruairi O’Neill former Head of P.E at Le Rondin School, and special guest, GFC’s Roary the Lion.

Mr Grange said the project had been an enormous success, and his team had been really impressed by the artistic talent the children had shown as well as their enthusiasm for the task.

‘Le Rondin is a superb school for children with learning disabilities. When Ruairi asked for some help, we thought it was a fantastic idea. The team has really loved meeting the kids and working with them. But for me personally, I’m glad to have been able to give something back to Le Rondin, as they were instrumental in giving my own daughter the confidence and abilities she has today,’ he said.

Ruairi O'Neill, former Head of P.E at Le Rondin School, said the children are elated with the new kits.

‘We’re so very grateful for the support from Peter and the team at Oi. The students put everything into the design process and with a little help and guidance, created a logo which perfectly embodies the Le Rondin spirit - one of courage, bravery and strength,’ he added.

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