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The HITZ programme is a nationally delivered initiative by Premiership Rugby and is funded by its partners Land Rover 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.

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The programme offers the chance to study a free traineeship,with companies such as Osborne Property Services, BTEC Sport, employability skills 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.

In 2019 SCL Education & Training expanded their partnership with Premiership Rugby to become the exclusive education partner for the award-winning employability programme. Managing all educational aspects of the Premiership Rugby HITZ programme, leading providers of education through sport, SCL, have more than 15 years’ experience in delivering a range of forward thinking and successful education and sports development programmes for young adults.

The classroom sessions will take place at The Weller Centre, Caversham.

For more information, please email [email protected] 



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