Gloucester Rugby, in partnership with Young Gloucestershire, were delighted to launch the award winning HITZ programme this week.
The scheme which tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today - unemployment, crime and disillusionment, is being delivered by the Gloucester Rugby Community Foundation in partnership with Young Gloucestershire.
HITZ is a national programme overseen by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon.
HITZ uses rugby to increase young people's resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It aims to give them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment.
The PLAY phase of the project was launched at Bishops Cleeve, Sports Pavilion on Monday and there will be further sessions held at numerous venues throughout the county in the coming weeks.
And the club can also confirm that former player and Gloucester legend, Terry Fanolua has joined the Community team at Kingsholm to take a leading role in delivering the HITZ programme.
Capped 29 times by Samoa, Terry came to Gloucester in 1997 as one of the first overseas players to feature in the English Premiership. Forming a formidable centre partnership alongside Richard Tombs, he who went on to make 228 appearances and scored 60 tries in all competitions during his playing career at Kingsholm.
Since finishing playing he has maintained a close relationship with the club, has played in a number of charity matches at Kingsholm as well as turning out for Hartpury RFC last season, and has kept maintained strong links with the current squad.
A player who wore the Gloucester shirt with huge pride, he continues to share his experiences with young up and coming players and tells them about what it means to play for the club and represent the city.
"I am looking forward to working for the Community team at Gloucester Rugby and being involved in delivering the Hitz programme. The scheme offers youngsters a great option to do something positive with their time.
"They can come along and have some fun, whilst at the same time, learning the values of rugby, such as teamwork and respect. They are attributes which will serve them well in general life.
"It's going to be a challenge for me but one I am very much looking forward to."
Speaking after Gloucester's final preseason friendly, a 29-24 defeat away at Scarlets, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected upon a performance that will form a crucial part of the Cherry and Whites preparations for the Aviva Premiership opener at Northampton next week.
Speaking to the media after the 45-8 preseason friendly victory over Munster, Director of Rugby David Humphreys wasn't getting too carried away, admitting that his team are making progress but that there's still a way to go.
Billy Twelvetrees spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV on Friday ahead of the pre season friendly with Munster Rugby. The club captain is excited to be back in the action at Kingsholm and experience the atmosphere again.
Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke to the local media after the 62-19 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie, and showed his delight at the first run out and stated there was still lots to work on ahead of the new season
Mark Atkinson made his first appearance in Cherry and White in the pre season victory over Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday. Speaking to the local media, he was impressed with the first experience of Kingsholm.
James Hook picked himself up a pair of tries on his first appearance in Cherry and Whites during the 62-19 win over Yorkshire Carnegie. Speaking to the media after, the Welshman was thrilled with the first run out as well as the result.
Gloucester Rugby travelled to West Wales for their third and final preseason game ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership next week. The Scarlets were the opposition and Gloucester left Parc y Scarlets on the wrong end of a 29-24 scoreline.