HITZ Programme


Saracens 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.

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




September – July
September – February
February – July

Start Date: 2nd 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


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

Premiership Rugby's HITZ Programme propels shy and sheltered teen into Primary School Teacher job

While completing her GCSEs at Hackney Free School in 2010, Chantelle Willis didn’t know her next move. Desperately nervous and shy, Chantelle had suffered bullying at school which put her off exploring new friendships and left her isolated.

Not actively seeking help, Chantelle was recommended HITZ, Premiership Rugby’s education and employability programme by a friend. Run by Saracens in her local community, Chantelle initially found the prospect of rugby daunting, particularly the team environment when she had spent so many of her teenage years isolated from larger groups.

Fast forward eight years and Chantelle’s progress is nothing short of phenomenal. As well as furthering her education and graduating with a degree in Sport Science, she has overcome her trepidation of human interaction and now works full-time as a sports coach at a local primary school.

“The impact of HITZ on my life is incredible – it’s opened so many doors and it’s hard to picture my life without it,” said Chantelle. “I was shy and awkward before I joined HITZ but joining a session allowed me to forget about school and instead get involved and make new friends. It was just a really nice environment to be in.

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David and HITZ at the E-Sports Awards

Meeting your heroes, working a major event, celebrating an industry you are passionate about. For anyone at any age, this would sound like an opportunity you dream of, but for David Booker, 16, this was a reality. On Monday 12th November 2018, the cream of the crop in the world of E-Sports and gaming came together to celebrate those who have made the greatest impact in the past year. The E-Sports Awards was run and coordinated by Saracens’ partners Premier Team Promotions, opening a perfect opportunity for Saracens Sport Foundation’s HITZ programme to benefit from it.

David joined the programme in September this year having felt as though traditional education was simply not for him, and was instead looking for a new type of challenge with the hope of moving towards an apprenticeship or even employment. Having been informed of this opportunity, David’s face lit up from across the desk in our Colindale learning centre. Soon enough, he was down at the Allianz Park offices, taking down notes, attending briefings, executing pre-show tasks, and preparing himself for what was going to be a monumental evening.

“I’ve been telling all of my friends about this opportunity, it’s unreal” David said in the week running up to the show. “To think that I will be seeing all of these big names in E-Sports and gaming, the big YouTubers as well, it’s massive”.

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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

Unitas, Barnet Youth Zone, 76 Montrose Avenue, Edgware, HA8 0DT

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Course Provider


Saracens 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.