HITZ Programme

For 16-18 year olds

No tuition fees, food & travel support, and day trips

Ricoh Arena, Judds Lane, Longford, Coventry CV6 6AQ


Wasps 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


Although the HITZ programme is delivered by Wasps, it’s not just rugby! Alongside a structured educational programme, you will get to take part in a whole range of sports:

Traditional Sports

  • Tag Rugby
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Rounders
  • Netball

Non-Traditional Sports

  • Frisbee
  • Golf
  • Pool/ Snooker
  • Boxing
  • Trampolining


Start Dates: 9th September 2019

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


Start Date: 9th September 2019

BTEC Level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure
Functional Skills Maths
Functional Skills English

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

Anthony O'Reilly - HITZ Officer

Graduating from Staffordshire University with a 2:1 (BA Hons) degree in Sports Development and Coaching, I have a substantial amount of experience supporting young people with learning and behavioural difficulties.

Previous employment includes working as a Cover Supervisor in a Pupil Referral Unit, a Sport and Leisure Activity Leader for Charnwood Borough Council in priority neighbourhoods and a International Summer School.

A keen Rugby enthusiast, HITZ provides me with the opportunity to combine my love of sport with my passion to help young people from different backgrounds.


Danielle Mallinson - HITZ Tutor

I have enjoyed teaching on the HITZ programme for four years, working with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds and, through sport, focussing on the development of well-rounded individuals - preparing young people for the world of work and fulfilling a healthy active lifestyle.

It is very rewarding to see young people change from when they start their HITZ journey as they move forward and start to climb their career ladder.

I am passionate about promoting health and fitness through sport and providing opportunities for all.  With a PGCE in Physical Education from Loughborough University and over 10 years teaching experience, I have taught in both the primary and secondary sectors across the UK, America and Australia.  In my spare time I am a fan of outdoor pursuits.

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

How the Hitz programme changed Carter Moran's life

Back in October Carter was recognised with the Young Achiever Award at the star-studded HITZ Awards in London, the latest instalment in an incredible journey through Premiership Rugby’s education and employability programme.

Read article

How the Hitz programme save Jason Kitchin's life

“HITZ saved me from drugs and gangs”: How Premiership Rugby’s Hitz programme changed Jason Kitchin’s life and earned him an apprenticeship helping others.

Read article

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

Ricoh Arena, Judds Lane, Longford, Coventry, CV6 6AQ

Eduction Provider

SCL Education Group

Wasps 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.