Newcastle Falcons
HITZ Programme



Newcastle Falcons HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-24-year olds where you can:

  • Gain qualifications - L2 Gym Instructing and L1/L2 Employability
  • Improve your Maths and English with Functional Skills qualifications
  • Play sports; have fun, get fitter, make new friends
  • CV and Further Education support to become work ready
  • Learn about nutrition and healthy eating
  • Improve your communication skills and confidence in a relaxed environment

This includes an exciting mix of sporting activities such as rugby, football, dodgeball, golf, basketball and gym sessions alongside a structured educational programme.

Start date:
5th September 2019 

After the course:
Support with exit routes such as Level 3 qualifications, apprenticeship programmes and full or part time work, support with CV's and further education applications.

Open Days

How to Apply


  • 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



Active IQ Level 2 Diploma in Fitness Instructing
5th September 2019

Level 1 Employability
5th September 2019

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

Liam Pearson - Tutor

Liam is an experienced Olympic weightlifting coach, personal trainer, and sport science tutor. Like Dave, Liam is also an avid (PC) gamer, although lacks the desktop setup to get him to the top of the leader boards! CS:GO being his game of choice. In Liam’s spare time he enjoys competing in Olympic weightlifting and doing motorbike track days. Liam’s favourite part of the Hitz programme is the flexibility it brings with mixing both learning and experiences outside of the classroom.


David Shotton - Hitz Officer

David is an English specialist that has worked at a variety of secondary schools. Dave now works as the community/Hitz officer for Newcastle Falcons where his main focus is on developing the community and providing educational opportunities for all. In Dave’s spare time he is an avid gamer, with both a desktop & laptop gaming setup. Dave’s passion for the Hitz programme knows no bounds; he is always setting up exciting new enrichment days that lead the course to businesses and days out nobody would have ever thought of!

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

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

Eldon Leisure Centre, Newcastle NE1 7XY 

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Course Provider

Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons 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.