Saracens HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-24-year olds where you can:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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”.
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
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.
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