Harlequins HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-24-year olds where you can:
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 SKY headquarters or Stadium tours.
Start dates are:
Support with exit routes such as Level 2 programmes, apprenticeship programmes and full or part time work.
September - July
BTEC L1 in Sport at Diploma followed by Employability L1
September - July
NCFE L2 in Sport and Employability L2
March - July
NCFE L1 in Sport at Certificate and Employability L1
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.
DANNY LEEDS - HITZ OFFICER
Danny joined Quins in June 2019. Previous to this, Danny worked within Primary and Secondary education, specialising in special educational needs. Specifically with a focus on working with young people who have complex social, emotional mental health difficulties. Danny has a strong belief that sport can help re-engage young people who have fallen out of love with education.
Outside of HITZ, Danny is a rugby player and coach and has a keen interest in multi sector leadership and researching the link between leadership within business and leadership within sport.
MARK KILGALLON - EDUCATION OFFICER
Mark took over the HITZ programme of November 2018 after initially being the tutor here at Quins but also with London Irish HITZ for the previous two academic years. Mark is an avid sports fan who loves mainly Rugby and football. Previously to working within the HITZ programme, Mark was a behaviour Mentor in PRU’s and mainstream schools for almost 10 years gaining a wealth of knowledge on how to deal with students who may find education a struggle. Mark finds nothing more rewarding than turning a students perception of education into a positive journey. With this he make sure The Harlequins HITZ programme is as fun and rewarding as it can be.
Favourite Food: Roast Dinner with lots of gravy
Favourite Activity: Watching live sport
Favourite TV shows: Elementary and Gotham
Favourite Rugby team: Harlequins
GERALD SMITH - TUTOR
Gerald Smith is a former personal trainer, swimming teacher and published writer. Gerald was regularly published in H2open magazine and has been featured in other leading fitness publications including, Triathlon Plus, Body Fit, Trail Running, Cycling Fitness and Men’s Running. He holds a degree in Exercise, Nutrition and Health as well as many of the highest qualifications in personal training.
Today Gerald’s passion is to stretch and challenge learners to help them reach their full potential. The transition from personal training to teaching has been a natural one for Gerald. He started teaching at the City of Westminster college teaching level 3 in sports sciences and is now the lead tutor for HITZ.
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!
Harlequins Apprentice nominated for top prize at the 2018 Hitz Awards
Natalie, the first apprentice Harlequins have ever recruited from the HITZ, will attend this year’s glittering HITZ Awards at the BT Centre on Wednesday 17th October where participants, mentors and rugby stars past and present will gather to celebrate the programme’s achievements.
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.
The Stoop Stadium, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham TW2 7SX
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