An image of Christian Beeston who has won the designing competition

Creative teenager designs Kings rugby shirt

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Brilliant teenage designer pens King’s rugby shirt

Brilliant young designer Christian Beeston has been barred from entering King’s School rugby shirt design competition next year because he can’t stop winning. Instead he will be asked to sit on a judging panel alongside King’s staff to pick out next year’s winner.

This year, Christian’s broken glass pattern took less than an hour to draw, but he had been mulling over the idea for the last 12 months.

He said: “I had the idea when I won last year with a design of irregular, multi-coloured shapes, and this year I just deconstructed the original idea using more white space to leave space around the number so it could be clearly seen on the back.”
Christian has already received national acclaim for his innovative drawing, winning the prestigious Young Cartoonist of the Year Award in 2015.

He won the traditional Fleet Street competition, which is judged by the country’s leading national newspaper satirical cartoonists, in the under 18 category when he was aged only 12.

His quirky, humorous take on life in Macclesfield has also been encouraged by Arighi Bianchi and a host of other local retailers including No Place Like Home, The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield’s Tourist Office, The Jack Sevens Cafe and the Tegg’s Nose Tearoom, with 17 different designs for greetings cards, mugs and coasters for sale.

King’s Head of Rugby Giles Hetherington said: “Even though we had over 200 entries, the decision was unanimous.

Christian’s design is innovative and unique and carries on the King’s identity he created last year for our special Sevens Shirt.”

King’s and North of England Rugby star Simon Ridgway said: “The lads love it and will be proud to wear the shirt. It’s unique, no other team has anything like it.”

Christian, who would like to be an architect or an animator, said: “It’s fine that I have been barred from entering next year and I’m actually really looking forward to becoming a judge.”


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