Saints launch autism awareness shirt

The autism awareness shirt
The autism awareness shirt

SAINTS have launched a new one off replica shirt for the Magic Weekend which has been designed to raise the awareness of autism.

This special edition kit will be worn in Newcastle when the Saints take on Huddersfield Giants on May 22.

Pre-orders for the replica version are being taken from today (Friday) to coincide with tomorrow’s National Autism Awareness Day with a donation from every shirt sold going to local support group St Helens Autism Support.

The players’ matchday shirts will also be signed and auctioned off as well.

In association with O’Neills, the shirt design follows the traditional Saints White shirt with a Vee - but the Red Vee has been replaced with a Multi Coloured Jigsaw Design Vee.

The coloured jigsaw pieces, along with the Ribbon design on the back, are key symbols used to raise awareness of autism nationally.

Each replica shirt also carries the logo of St Helens Autism Support, a local group already making a massive difference in the area by helping raise awareness of the condition and aiding people, particularly children, with all levels of autism.

The Magic Weekend match details are also listed on the right front hem of the shirt.

Tom Jackson from St Helens Autism Support said: “St Helens Autism Support is delighted to be associated with this ground-breaking shirt initiative. As a local charity we have two main objectives - to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for our current project; a resource centre in the town to provide community, training and employment opportunities for local people.

“We would like to thank St Helens Rugby League Club and fans for their continued and generous support.”

The shirt is now available to pre-order and to guarantee delivery, the cut-off date for pre-orders is midnight on April 14 2016.

Physical stock will be available for collection/delivery week ending May 15 2016, enabling you to wear your limited Edition Shirt for Magic Weekend whether you are going to Newcastle or supporting Saints from home.

You can buy adult shirts for £48, and kids’ shirts for £35 at the Saints Superstore, via 01744 455 050 or online.

Shirts are only available in adults XS-7XL, and kids sizes age 5/6 to age 13/14yrs.