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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.