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 to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.