We can proudly reveal the winning design for our 2021 Magic Warm-up shirt to be worn pre-match by the first team at our Magic Weekend fixture this Saturday...
Congratulations to Kelvyn Sedlacek, aged 14, of Haydock, St.Helens, whose design was chosen from hundreds of entries by our panel of representatives from the Club, Community Integrated Care, our kit partner O’Neill’s as well as Journalist, Gareth Walker.
His design strongly features multi-coloured puzzle pieces, the universally recognised symbol for Autism, aswell as his take on some icnonic St.Helens elements, including the Dream statue wearing a puzzle themed scarf, the words ‘Joyful, Unique, Smart, Kind, Loving, Caring,’ all words he associates with Autism, aswell as the Town’s motto Ex Terra Lucem, ‘From the Ground Comes Light’ and of course features a RedV incorporated into the design.
The competition was launched back in March 2020, just before the beginning of the Pandemic and was open to entrants with autism or learning disabilities, and with the help of Community Integrated Care, an incredible number of young people from across the country took part and put forward their designs.
The reigning Betfred Super League Champions have again teamed up with local charity, St Helens Autism Support, and the leading national social care charity, Community Integrated Care, to deliver this unique project.
This inclusive initiative, again reflects a long-term commitment by Saints to use the Betfred Super League’s Dacia Magic Weekend event as platform for raising awareness and funds to change the lives of people affected by autism.
The design will be produced in a very small quantity just for the players to use on matchday only and the player-worn garments will then be signed and auctioned after the event to raise further funds for the designated autism charities, more info on this to follow post-Magic Weekend.
Saints CEO Mike Rush commented: “We were truly humbled by the amount of entries we received with some incredibly creative designs, many of which have come with written details on why they chose their design and what it means to that person.
Congratulations again to Kelvyn on winning and the thought and care he has put into his very unique design that embodies so much positivity about Autism, the Club and the Town itself.”
Sam Brennan, Managing Director of Community Integrated Care, said: “For such a historic and world-famous club as Saints to create an opportunity like this for people who have learning disabilities and autism is unheard of. This initiative is making a powerful statement about the importance of inclusion for all and speaks volumes about the values of the club and sport of rugby league.
“We were overwhelmed by the hundreds of entries that we received and the hard work and creativity that had clearly gone into every design. Judging the competition felt almost impossible.
“On behalf of Community Integrated Care, I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in and supported this competition. We are grateful to our partners at Saints, Saints Community Foundation and St Helens Autism Support for working with our charity to deliver such an incredible opportunity.”
2021 Magic Shirt Update
All pre-ordered Magic shirts are now ready to collect, all fans who pre-ordered for store collection should have received an email advising that their order is ready to collect.
Mail orders have been dispatched from the Club.
There is a very limited quantity of remaining stock available in a limited range of sizes, to purchase from the Saints Superstore only, while stocks last. Visit the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium, open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri