Leicester Tigers
HITZ Programme



Leicester Tigers 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, golf, basketball and gym sessions alongside a structured educational programme.

Start dates:
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


Following an initial registration via the 'apply' button, you are invited to come down and have a look around and an informal interview with the Hitz Officer.

The Hitz team will find out a bit more about you and your current situation, and how they can best support you.

This is your chance to ask any questions about the education programme.


Level 1 BTEC in Sport an Active Leisure up to Diploma Level
Cohort 1: September 2019 - February 2020
Cohort 2: February 2020 - July 2020

Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification

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

Charlie Hurley - Hitz Officer

I have been working for the Leicester Tigers Foundation for five years. Having been a Tigers fan my whole life, it is great to be able to work for the club and be involved in some of the great work we do in the community department. I started working in community as a Rugby Development Officer, delivering Tag Rugby Sessions to year 3 and 4 students across Leicestershire. I then progressed onto the Hitz Officer Role and have been working on the project for the past 3 years. My favourite part of the programme is seeing the way we can change lives and give young people amazing opportunities to better themselves, as well as playing sport every day!

Outside of Hitz I play lots of sport especially Cricket and Golf. I am the Director of Cricket at Market Harborough Cricket Club as well as being a full member of the MCC. Next year I am undertaking a Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning through St Marys University.

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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!


Pete Thorpe - Tutor

After completing my Degree in Sports Development and English Language I have enjoyed a fulfilling career in Sport and Education spanning 15 years. I have a passion for all things sport and have enjoyed working in various roles in Sports Development and Education.

I have managed and delivered sports projects in the community ranging from Toddlers introduction to sports sessions, social cohesion through sports projects that made a positive impact in their communities, right through to growing a walking football group helping men and women up to the age of 80 play football!  

I have worked with a wide range of young people in educational settings after gaining my PGCE in Physical Education, this has included working with refugees new to the country, young people who have had issues at school, as well as being a Sports Lecturer in mainstream education for over 5 years. 

I am a proud volunteer coach and have been involved in coaching since I was 17 (nearly 20 years… I know I don’t look old enough!) I have coaching qualifications in a range of sports and love Coaching; I am currently studying on a Master’s degree in Sports Coaching.

I am a Sports fanatic, A lifelong Manchester United Fan, A Tigers fan, I love playing golf, and coaching my under eights football team. I run whenever I can (Very Slowly!) and try and keep healthy in the gym.  

The Hitz Programme means I can combine my love for sport with my passion to help young people harness the power of Sport in their own lives. I have got so much out of Sport and helping young people to do the same in their lives is a big motivation for me. 

I believe that young people learn best by doing! I want them to have lots of opportunities to be involved in their own communities and to have the chance to make an impact, however big or small that might be! I want them to be involved in things that challenge them and help them to grow and be ready for the rest of their lives!


Success Stories

Oliver Veasey

Oliver started the Hitz Programme in September 2013 at a time when Hitz was re establishing  a new cohort, meaning that numbers were low. He continued to show enthusiasm and was then a leader in the group, having been there the longest, once the group grew in size. Oliver’s academic levels were fairly low, however he was always keen to work hard on this element of the course.

Oliver’s continued hard work also meant that he left the Hitz programme with a Level 3 in Sports Development, a Level 2 in Skeleton and Muscles, a Level 2 in Sports Leaders, alongside literacy and numeracy and Barclays Money Skills Management. Following on from this he was accepted to enrol on Brooksby Melton College’s level 3 BTEC course and will look to continue to play rugby in Tigers Academy of sport initiative whilst attending.

During his time with the Hitz project, Oliver also attended various trips, including the Land Rover offroad experience, The Hitz Launch, The Premiership Final and also both touch fixtures against the Northampton Saints Hitz Team. Oliver has also shown his hand at organising events, following on from his involvement in the Hitz Ambassador training. He is  part the four person team who are currently fundraising for a Tigers Hitz skydive, in order to raise money for The Matt Hampson Foundation, whilst celebrating the completion of the Hitz Programme.

As well as succeeding in the classroom, Oliver was also able to obtain a part time job, working with the Tigers catering staff and also became an NCS mentor, mentoring 16-17 year olds on the Tigers programme. This was a role that he enjoyed and was very competent at, meaning that we will continue to employ him in this role, during his holidays.

Oliver’s time on Hitz was recognised recently as he was shortlisted in the top three for the National Hitz Awards 2014 Hitz Champion Award. Although narrowly missing out on the top prize, it was a great achievement for him to be recognised by a stringent judging panel.

Oliver has since been accepted onto a HNC at Brooksby Melton College and is currently working towards a Sports Degree.

Marshall Lunn

Marshall joined Hitz in September 2017 as an unreliable young man who had a lot of potential. His time keeping and attitude wasn’t the best but we could see he could develop this and progress if he attended the course. Marshall openly admitted he wanted to get back on track however doing this was going to be easier said than done.

The start of the course saw Marshall struggle with attending as expected however by Christmas this was starting to be less of a problem. Marshall’s attendance picked up but his attainment wasn’t as good as it should be. This wasn’t because Marshall isn’t capable, more that he was easily distracted within class.

Coming into 2018 Marshall had turned over a new leaf and started making some excellent progress. This has seen Marshall achieve his functional skills, Level 2 Sports Leaders and his Level 1 SAL Diploma which is a great achievement. Alongside this, this year Marshall has obtained a part time job working in a burger van at events which has been a great experience for him. Going forward Marshall is hoping to attend college and gain further qualifications.

September 2018 came round and Marshall contacted us saying he was interested in coming back onto Hitz as long as we could offer him a higher qualification. Fortunately we had just started running the Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification so Marshall re-joined the course and started this qualification. Marshall attended and attained really well in comparison to the year before and was excelling in his work. This was then shown when he approached me and told me he had obtained a trainee job as a joiner with a local joinery company. Unfortunately this meant Marshall didn’t get chance to complete his qualification, but he has gained full time employment which is fantastic for him.

Marshall said: “I started my Hitz journey very negatively but I’m glad I have turned that around and achieved the qualifications I need” “I have enjoyed doing a wide variety of sports as part of the programme and improving my fitness levels” “I would recommend Hitz to my friends and one of those I did attended with me for part of this year” “Gaining Employment is great and I thank Hitz for helping me search and obtain a job”.

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

Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2 7TR

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Course Provider

Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers 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.