Bristol Bears
HITZ Programme



Bristol Bears 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

This includes an exciting mix of sporting activities such as rugby, football, dodgeball, yoga, basketball and gym sessions alongside a structured educational programme. The programme also includes day trips, examples of such trips are Team Building, Masterchef Challenge & an opportunity to create a Podcast.

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


Level 1 Sport & Active Leisure
September 2020 - July 2021

Level 2 Employability
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

Nick George - HITZ Officer

I have been involved with the HITZ programme for 12 months, having previously worked on the award-winning Bright Sparks programme. I passionately believe in the power of sport to engage young people and help them to make positive choices. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports and catching up with friends.


Ben Woolfson - Tutor

Hello, my name is Ben Woolfson and I am the Tutor for the Bristol Bears HITZ programme. This is my first year working for the Bears and I have already noticed the positive impact that the programme has on the youth of Bristol. This is done through the wide range of exciting activities on offer which have helped students develop their confidence and learn vital teamwork skills.

I have a history of football coaching for a variety of clubs in the UK and America plus teaching Physical Education in secondary schools. I am excited to help this programme grow from strength to strength and support the learners in earning their qualifications. Outside of HITZ I enjoy going running, playing football and watching my favourite team Tottenham!

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

Harry - Bristol Bears HITZ

Before Harry begun at HITZ he was out of education and spent most of his time online gaming. He had little confidence and little idea of what to do with himself. In under six months attending HITZ Harry became our highest attending student and we have seen a drastic change in his character. 

Harry is well on his way to pass his employability course and he feels that he has gained a lot more than just a qualification from the course:

“Coming to HITZ has helped me feel more confident and happier, this is down to all of the amazing opportunities that we are offered. It was brilliant to get free tickets for a match and be able to take my dad along. I also got the chance to visit Sam FM and make a podcast. I really enjoy the social aspect of the course, as I not only get along really well with my tutor and HITZ officer but we also get to meet up with students from other HITZ programmes which gives me a opportunity to make new friends from different cities.”

Harry has been working hard on his employability course which has given him a better idea of what to do in future as well as developing his skills on work experience at the Ashton Gate Stadium.

“The employability course has helped me to get a clear career path, which makes me feel confident about my future. I have also had the chance to work at Ashton Gate Stadium which has helped me to be more organised and into a routine. As well as working in the stadium I was given the chance to compete in a master chef competition which I won! During the course I have developed my CV and learnt tips on applying for jobs which has helped me to gain some weekend work. Overall the course has helped me to do things that I wanted to do before but was unable to do due to my confidence and lack of opportunities”

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

Lockleaze Sports Centre Off Bonnington Walk, Lockleaze, Bristol, BS7 9FJ

Eduction Provider

SCL Education Group

Bristol Bears 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.