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The Gloucester Rugby Foundation are delivering the HITZ programme across Gloucestershire. 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 of experience in delivering a range of forward-thinking and successful education and sports development programmes for young adults.

HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme which works with over 2,000 14-18 year-olds across England every year.

HITZ uses rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to get young people not in education, training or employment (NEET) back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment, and is delivered nationally by England’s Premiership rugby clubs.

Our core offer, the HITZ Learning Academy, offers a relaxed environment targeted at 16 to 18 year olds to improve their functional maths and english, develop valuable life skills and gain important qualifications alongside experience from work placements and employer-led sessions. The programme also offers essential enrichment and sporting activities which supports the development of the whole individual through not only improving their mental but physical wellbeing as well.

Participants in the HITZ programme regularly report an increase in resilience, self-confidence and aspiration as a result of their involvement, and over 70% go on to achieve a positive progression into further education, training or employment.

What we offer :

We deliver a 15-week traineeship, with three separate cohorts throughout the year. HITZ offers a Sport and Active Leisure qualification and an increase in functional skills that we accredit up to a level 2 (GCSE equivalent).

  • Effective work experience
  • Tailor-made personal development and progression planning
  • Exciting and engaging enrichment opportunities
  • Food and travel allowance and support through bursaries
  • Holistic development
  • The chance to develop your skills and build your confidence
  • The opportunity to make new friends
  • A relaxed and supportive learning environment based at Gloucester Rugby
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Personal social development

HITZ is proudly sponsored by Land Rover and Wooden Spoon. 

For more information please contact [email protected]