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."
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC on Saturday. Rebecca de Filippo and Gemma Sharples took time out from training to preview the game.
Speaking to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).