The Birth of Club Rugby. The History and Heritage of Liverpool St. Helens FC

Educational Resources

Liverpool St. Helens Football Club is the world’s oldest open rugby club. The club dates back to 1857, when their first game was organised by the founders Richard Sykes and Frank Mather.

This educational resource pack provides suggestions for a range of activities relating to the history and heritage of the club. It also includes specially selected resources from the club’s archive to support the activities and outlines links to relevant National Curriculum targets.

More information about the club, and its history, can be found on the website:

Heritage Lottery Funded

Education pack and resources were developed and designed by David Bixter. David is a freelance artist and designer specialising in working with schools. For more information about his work, please visit:

Project branding was designed by St Helens College Graphic Design students as part of their course. For more information about St. Helens College, please visit:


Click on the links below to download zip. files of the activities and resources. All activities are also available to download in one single pdf, with individual resources available to download separately.

All Activities [2.3MB]

PDF including all of the above activities

Design a Club Badge [18.2MB]

Art, Design, English and History

Invention of a Sport [6.6MB]

English, P.E., Art

Anatomy of a Rugby Ball [9.2MB]

Maths, Art

Profile of a Champion Trading Cards [6.5MB]

English, History. Art and Design

Timeline [6.6MB]

English, History. Art and Design

1857 News Report [11.5MB]

English and History

Resources (pdf)

Online Sound Effects [Opens new page]

Liverpool St Helens FC Family Tree [1MB]

Designs fo the LSH club crest [3.4MB]

Printable crest shapes [317KB]

Kit design [874KB]

Team Photos [5.2MB]

Posters [8.2MB]

Sykes Letters [6.6MB]

Club crest [1MB]

Rugby Ball Photo [813KB]

3D Shape Nets [1.2MB]

Who's Who Profiles [1.6MB]

Trading Card Template [932KB]

LSH Timeline [5.8MB]

1857 Map [4.1MB]