HITZ Programme


Harlequins 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 SKY headquarters or Stadium tours.

Start date: September 2020

Support with exit routes such as Level 2 programmes, apprenticeship programmes and full or part time work.


How to Apply


  • Following the Initial registration via the “apply” button and completion of a pre-registration form a meeting with the Harlequins HITZ team will follow
  • 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

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


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



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

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.

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Kieran's story

Having spent time in care as a young person, Kieran joined our HITZ Programme at 18 with no qualifications, no safe or consistent place to live and no one to support and guide him though the early stages of his adult life.

As a result of joining HITZ, Kieran finally had his learning needs assessed, which will enable him to continue to access educational or training support until the age of 25. He will complete this academic year with a level two qualification in Sport and functional skills in English and Maths.

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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

The Stoop Stadium, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham TW2 7SX

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Course Provider

Harlequins Rugby

Harlequins 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.