Bath Rugby
HITZ Programme



Bath Rugby HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-24-year olds where you can:

  • Play sports; Have Fun, Get Fitter, Make New Friends
  • Improve your Maths and English
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications
  • Learn new skills to become more work ready
  • Learn how to cook and eat more healthily
  • Improve your communication skills and confidence

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.



Open Days

How to Apply


  • An opportunity for you, and your parents, to hear more about the HITZ programme
  • Meet the HITZ team and other potential new HITZ learners
  • Understand your exit routes when you complete the HITZ programme
  • Ask any questions


  • Following an OPEN DAY or Initial registration via the “apply” button
  • One-hour meeting with the HITZ tutor and/or officer
  • The HITZ team will find out a bit more about you and your current situation, and how they can best support you
  • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme





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.

Meet the Team

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."

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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!

HITZ Officer

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.

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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!

Success Stories

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.

A year after first coming along to Bath Rugby Foundation, Jade was named the winner of the national HITZ Rugby Ambassador Award.

"Coming to HITZ and Bath Rugby Foundation definitely changed my life," said Jade.

Read more


At 16, Ben Bradley was faced with dropping out of a college course that did not suit him and wondering what his future held.

Now 21, he is a graduate of Bath Rugby Foundation’s HITZ Learning Academy and is looking ahead at a very bright future.

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."

Read more


HITZ Awards


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


Select the categories below to watch the videos of the shortlisted participants from 2017/18, who will be able to tell you a bit more about their inspirational journeys through HITZ:





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.


Course Location

Bath Rec Sports Hub, North Parade Rd, BA2 4ET

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Course Provider

Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby HITZ Programme Flyer

Request a copy of our HITZ Programme Flyer to find out more about our education & sporting programmes.
  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.