19 July 2019
The HITZ programme is nationally delivered initiative by Premiership Rugby and is funded by its partners Land Rover, Comic Relief and Wooden Spoon.
HITZ uses sport, mainly rugby and its core values, to help improve the personal lives and employability skills of disadvantaged young people aged 16-19. The catalyst is Premiership Rugby clubs around the country and the role models within the game. The aim is to motivate and build a brighter future for individuals involved in the HITZ programme.
The London Irish HITZ programme is run out of the John Madejski Academy school in Reading. The programme offers the chance to study a free BTEC level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure, as well as work on their functional skills up to level 2. This year for the first time the programme has been extended for pupils wishing to stay in education for a further year. In the second year the pupils have the chance to study level 2 employability skills and a level 2 gym instructing course. All the education is provided in partnership with SCL.
The programme has seen great success over the past years with 82% of pupils on the London Irish HITZ programme completing the course and gaining qualifications. Furthermore, 91% of these pupils go on to gain jobs/apprenticeships or get into college.
For more information, please email [email protected].