Bath Rugby HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-24-year olds where you can:
At HITZ Bath, we are lucky to have access to some amazing facilities. Our Learning Academy is based at the Rec, the famous home of Bath Rugby. As well as taking part in a range of sports at the Rec, our students use the Fitness First gym in central Bath, and sports and leisure facilities of GLL Bath. We have fantastic links with local businesses and will actively search for the right work placements for our students.
Start date: September 2020
Support with exit routes such as Level 2 programmes, apprenticeship programmes and full or part time work.
BTEC Level 1 Sport
September 2020 - July 2021
Employability Level 2
September 2020 - July 2021
Alongside these qualifications, you will complete Functional Skills in English and Maths (if required), learn important work skills and participate in workshops to develop important life skills.
HITZ Manager - Joe
Joe has always been inspired by Bath Rugby. Growing up locally and playing the sport, his passion for the sport came at a young age.
He joined the Foundation in 2012 as a coaching apprentice and quickly scaled the ranks as a fully qualified Level 2 Coach in Rugby Union and Multi Skills. Joe currently play for his local rugby club and he is the lead deliverer of the Bath Rugby Foundation’s Employability projects.
"I joined the Foundation because I relate to the nature of its work," Joe said. "It’s a real pleasure to be able to work in my community, helping people to engage and achieve through sport and education. Our inclusion work has a particular place in my heart, as my little brother is autistic and suffers from anxiety. Although there have been difficult times, he always makes me laugh and helps me unwind. He inspires me to be the happiest person I can be and to always be proactive
"My role is to engage young people and guide them back into employment, training or education using sport as a tool. I aim to improve a young person’s confidence, social skills and employability skills and give them the opportunity to go on and shine in whatever they love doing.
"I put together the enrichment and make the course as exciting as possible adding in content such as fitness first, water parks, battle archery, paintball and sport at the beach.
"My aim is to be considered one of the leading community coaches in the country. Inspiring others to follow my path and help create a happier and healthier community in the process."
Tutor - Emily
I joined Bath Rugby HITZ team in April 2019 as the new tutor after previously teaching Physical Education for 3 years around the world.
I had previously volunteered and worked with Bath Rugby Foundation and new the HITZ programme was something I wanted to be a part of. I believe it gives NEET students the opportunity to succeed like no other, due to it’s exciting and individualised delivery.
I am passionate about providing opportunities for everyone and believe the most exciting way to achieve this is through sport. My passion has always and still is sport, including playing rugby in 4 different countries and currently representing Bath Rugby Ladies.
Tutor - Hannah Stephens
I joined Bath Rugby HITZ team in August 2019 as an additional tutor after previously working as a Rugby and Engagement Officer in a school in Neath, Wales and as a Rugby Development Apprentice with the Welsh Rugby Union, where I often worked with children and young people to develop their confidence and resilience.
Within the HITZ team I deliver the Employability Programme, where I provide young people with new and exciting opportunities to gain life skills, interview techniques and qualifications to add to their CV.
Outside of HITZ, I am a proud volunteer coach for Dings Crusaders U15's girls. I have recently joined Bath Ladies Rugby Club, after playing rugby in Wales for 15 years. I am very adventurous and I love going on trips to the beach. I love cooking for my friends and family, my favourite meal to cook is Spaghetti Bolognese and an Apple Crumble for dessert!
Andy joined Bath Rugby Foundation in 2016 as an apprentice with a dodgy haircut and a quiet personality. During his time with the Foundation Andy has grown in confidence and has shown a strong desire to learn.
In his year as an apprentice he went on a leadership award residential, became a Level 2 rugby coach, completed his Level 2 Multi Skills Course and (in his own words) finally got himself a decent haircut.
"The Foundation has been an awesome experience so far. Coming in as an apprentice I knew what the Foundation did but didn’t realise how much of an impact we actually made. Every session we finish everyone leaves with a massive smile or laughing and that’s what I enjoy the most about this job. Being only 19 I’ve still got a lot to learn and that I’m really excited about - the next few years at the Foundation look really positive and I’m glad to be a part of it."
After his year as an apprentice he was offered a full-time job and has gone from strength to strength.
‘My favourite programme is the HITZ course. Most of the participants are only a few years younger than me and some of them being older so can relate really well to them and have a good laugh’
Outside of the Foundation Andy can be found playing rugby for his local team or showing some questionable dance moves during a night out.
01225 904116 - 07464545296
Laura Wright - Support Coordinator
Hi, I’m Laura, I have been working on the Hitz programme for over a year and love what the HITZ programme stands for. I have had a varied career studying Art and working in Retail before to moving into education. I have 8 years’ experience of working on various Education & Training programmes which support in changing lives from adults to young persons, no matter how big or small. Hitz is a very rewarding programme and the range of enrichment activities that the participants get to experience is brilliant. It is definitely a great programme to be a part of and support all of the Premiership Rugby Hitz programmes.
In my spare time I enjoy going to Rugby and Netball games, spending time with family, friends, visiting new places in both the UK and abroad and I love watching Friends TV show!
In little over a year, 16-year-old Jade Whale has gone from not knowing what her next step would be after not getting the exam results she wanted, to emerging as an inspirational leader with a choice of job offers in front of her.
"Coming to HITZ and Bath Rugby Foundation definitely changed my life," said Jade.
At 16, Ben Bradley was faced with dropping out of a college course that did not suit him and wondering what his future held.
Ben, who now works in Bath cocktail bar, Circo said: “Coming to HITZ and getting involved with Bath Rugby Foundation definitely changed my life.
“Going to HITZ helped me see a side of myself that I didn’t know was there. It has made me the person I am today."
The HITZ Awards are annual celebration of the hard work put in by countless individuals up and down the country.
With a number of stars and well-known public figures in attendance on the night, it is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements, as well as the personal growth and development of a number of learners, and volunteers.
For more information on last years awards, please follow the link
How much does the programme cost?
It is completely Free of Charge
Do I have to like or play rugby?
Not at all, the programme will include a large range of sporting and physical activities.
How long does the programme last?
Each club runs their own timetable, but will last anywhere from 12 weeks to a full year
What qualifications will I do?
Each club will run different qualifications, please speak to your chosen club for more information.
Will I do Maths and English?
Yes, English and Maths will be included for all learners who do not currently have a qualification
How many days per week will I be in class?
Most clubs run for at least 3 days, but some run for up to 5 depending on their chosen programme.
How long is a day?
The majority of days will start at 9:30/10am and finish at 3:30/4pm.
Will there be financial support for travel and food?
This will depend on your personal circumstances and whether you are eligible for a bursary.
Bath Rec Sports Hub, North Parade Rd, BA2 4ET
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