Sale Sharks
HITZ Programme


Sale Sharks 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 Kick Air, Manchester, National Cycling Centre, football museum and guest speaker sessions from the Choose Life Project and other local agencies.

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




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

Jon Travena

I'm Jon, 27 years old and I play Rugby (unfortunately the other code). I graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Sports Science. Following voluntary work in a local FE college I decided to complete my PGCE and the rest is history!

When not in work I enjoy watching sport, specifically football although not as enjoyable anymore post Sir Alex.

Harry Chandler

I'm Harry, 24 years old and I play Rugby for Preston Grasshoppers. I graduated from UCLAN with a degree in Sports Studies and have done volunteering for the Youth Sport Trust.

When not in work I'm either watching sports or going to a pub quiz. I'm an avid lover of cups of tea and believe football will come home at some point in the near future.

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

Lucy Neil

Prior to the HITZ programme, Lucy did not take part in regular physical activity or sport. During the programme Lucy stated that she use to participate and play Rugby League for Wigan St Judes girls team. Due to this information during practical sessions Lucy would engage in tag rugby and eventually become comfortable to be able to participate in all enrichment/practical sessions. Her confidence also increased and she was able to communicate and instruct the group during practical tasks.

At the start of the programme Lucy would smoke cigarettes at every opportunity. An issue based session on the programme was delivered around the health consequences and cost of smoking. Following this Lucy invested in an E-Cig Pen; despite this still being smoking she has cut down on her nicotine intake and saved money at the same time. Lucy successfully gained and completed a placement with Leigh Cats & Dogs Home. Whilst at the placement Lucy was able to develop her confidence, communication skills and timekeeping. The initial barriers which were stopping Lucy from achieving employment were: low functional skills level, low confidence, communication skills and no work experience.

Lucy has now achieved a full time role with Poundbakery in Leigh town centre as a store assistant. HITZ has helped Lucy progress in her Maths and English and gained a qualification in Lifestyle Managements which has enabled her to set life targets which she can achieve. She has also gained employability skills such as: managing finances, setting up banks accounts, how to apply for jobs and CV writing.

Quote: Lucy ‘If it wasn’t for the HITZ programme, I would still be sat at home and wouldn’t have been given the opportunity to develop myself and gain a full time position’


Jake Bennie

Jake Bennie, 16, enrolled on the HITZ Leigh programme in September 2017. Before the HITZ programme, Jake had completed secondary school at West Leigh High School. During his final year at school, his grandfather passed away, which really devastated him and he struggled to manage following this. He began to struggle with drug and alcohol issues during this time. This lead Jake to a lack of attendance and performance within secondary school and an unwillingness to sit his exams.

Following from this, Jake was referred to CAMHS to complete anger management workshops. Jake completed this process and took one huge positive step towards his future life and increased prospects. Jake was referred to the HITZ Programme via a friend referral. Jake did not know about the HITZ programme or what the programme contained however he took a chance, attended the interview and has now established himself as a key member within the group. 

Jake made excellent progress with his core aim qualification, Maths, English and enrichment sessions. At the beginning of the programme Jake struggled with his timekeeping, however due to continued support and one to one reviews which imbedded target setting, this improved. Jake has communicated with the tutors that he enjoys the environment where the HITZ programme is set and especially enjoys the enrichment sessions. Through these enrichment sessions Jake has been able to participate in a variety of different sports, learning new skills and has also improved his self-esteem and communication skills.  Jake has developed from a quiet individual into a key member of the group. Jake has now developed a positive attitude towards education and can now see the importance of achieving further qualifications. 

Jack says: “The difference between the HITZ programme and school is that it ’ s an enjoyable environment where the tutors genuinely care about you and your future, if like myself you messed up in school or the past, this programm e gives you a chance to set the record straight”

Read more

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

Leigh Sports Village Stadium, Sale Way, Leigh WN7 4JY

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Course Provider

Sale Sharks

  • 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.