Exeter Rugby
HITZ Programme



Exeter 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

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.

Start dates are:
September 2019 & February 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


Sept – July
BTEC Level 1 Sport & Active leisure

Sept – Feb
Employability Level 1

Feb- July
Employability Level 2

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

Lewis Griffiths - Tutor

Hello, my name is Lewis Griffiths and I am the Tutor for the Exeter Chiefs HITZ programme. I have been the tutor here for two years and I absolutely love the programme. I wholeheartedly believe the programme can change lives and re-engage young people. Outside of HITZ I enjoy playing a number of different sports and keeping fit. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I am trying to learn a new language.

Gareth Williams - HITZ Officer

I have had 7 years working in education and 18 years pursuing my passion for coaching. I am a level 3 Rugby Coach with a keen interest in Dog Psychology and I love to dance. Incredibly proud to be part of the Hitz Family. 

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

Aiden – Exeter Chiefs

Prior to joining HITZ, Aiden attended South Devon College where he completed a level 1 Auto Vehicle course. He had not been offered a place on the Level 2 programme as the college felt he would struggle academically. He had very low levels of Maths and English, and has a moderate level learning difficulty which means he may take longer to process information. He also had another setback as he completed the entry test for the Navy but unfortunately was successful as well. With double rejection, Aiden’s confidence dropped to an all time low, so he spent hours on end playing on his X-box. He only ventured out once per week to complete work experience, arranged by his father in exchange for lodging, which he did not enjoy as the work did not interest him. Alongside this he felt bullied by his family as they would call him “stupid and lazy” therefore the relationship with his father and sister became very strained. The combination of these factors resulted in Aiden becoming very low and disengaged. 

He was put in touch with HITZ through his case worker at Career South West, who was looking for a positive environment for Aiden where he would have a chance of positively developing himself, and through a sporting environment was something she believed would be a bonus. He initially had a fear of using public transport, therefore the team managed to arrange lifts for him.

When first starting on programme, he was very shy and anxious, his fitness levels were extremely low and he wasn’t interested in trying rugby as he felt like he was being targeted if he was touched in any way. He did however participate well in classes and over time grew in confidence with the sporting activities. He progressed well in both Maths and English and manged to complete both his BTEC Level 1 and 2 in Sport and Active Leisure. He also started to find his love for rugby again, and started to regularly attend New Cross Rugby club training. Saying the following: "I have really been enjoying the training. Have met some lovely people and am getting involved in the social at the club. I don't think I am ready for a full contact game but am training in the gym to get bigger and stronger then I think I will feel confident to tackle some of the bigger players."

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Josh Screech – Exeter Chiefs

"My life before Hitz was a mess, didn't know know which road to take. I lived in Wiltshire with a drug dealer and I got involved in the drugs and selling drugs. I became a crack head and split with my ex girlfriend and her two year old. When I left I wanted to kill myself. My mum got sentenced to two years in prison what broke me even more.

The best aspect of Hitz is the people and Louie and Gareth. They look after everyone and it's like your part of a family. The different outlooks Hitz provides it changes you as a person for the better.

I have experienced so many different things in my time at Hitz. I have achieved getting back into sports (Rugby) with Louie at New Cross RFC. I have been able to get back to doing folder work to a good standard. Hitz has saved me and I couldn't be happier.

I would recommend Hitz to anyone because of the experiences you have and the life changes it brings. Hitz brings the best out of every single individual. It's a  life changer. Best thing I have ever done in my life.

My goal after Hitz is to go into construction which Hitz is helping me with and to continue playing rugby at New Cross RFC."

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

Exeter Rugby Club, Sandy Park Stadium, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Course Provider

Exeter Rugby

Exeter 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.