HITZ OFFICER – Wasps Rugby

Date: 22 Oct 2019

Wasps are committed to working with the local communities, utilising the power of sport to provide the opportunity, inspiration and aspiration for all. We offer a range of community programmes within our five pillars of delivery Education, Employability, Inclusion, Development and Matchdays.


Forming a main part of our Employability pillar is the HITZ programme. HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award - winning education and employability programme which works with more than 2,000 young people, aged 14 - 19 years old, every year. HITZ, delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby’s 13 member clubs, uses rugby’s core values to improve the personal, social and life skills to support young people back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment. More information on the HITZ Programme can be found on www.wasps.co.uk/HITZ.


The position will be based at the Ricoh Arena with delivery of the programme in the surrounding areas. Due to the nature of the job some evening and weekend work will be required. Applicants must hold a valid driving license and have access to a suitable vehicle.


Job Title: Hitz Officer

Reports to: Head of Community

Purpose of Role

To develop the Wasps Hitz programme through engaging young people in accredited learning and work opportunities with sport at its core.

Key Responsibilities/Deliverables

  • Identify and recruit young people onto the Hitz programme & meet recruitment targets each year.
  • To coordinate & deliver outreach rugby and Multi Sport sessions at various venues, coordinate other events as and when appropriate. All activities should be appropriate to the needs of the target audience and be line with the Hitz strategic aims.
  • To be responsible for high quality delivery of community and social inclusion sessions.
  • To work with youth groups, schools, youth agencies, local authorities, pupil referral units & other community initiatives.
  • To keep accurate monitoring records for all sessions and contribute to the gathering and analysis of evaluation information on Upshot’s reporting system.
  • To work in partnership with the training provider to support young people with functional skills and foundation learning courses in the classroom.
  • Signpost the learners to positive progression routes: further education, apprenticeships and employment.
  • To liaise with local agencies to ensure growth and sustainability of the programme.
  • To maximise opportunities to raise awareness amongst the target audiences and the surrounding areas of rugby activities and encourage their participation.
  • To produce regular update reports for the Head of Community, Premiership Rugby and related partners as required.
  • To identify and follow up potential opportunities to develop activities in line with the strategic development of the Hitz programme.
  • Attend regional and national meetings as necessary.

Required Skills and Experiences

  • RFU Level 2 Coaching Award.
  • First Aid Qualified.
  • Proven experience of delivering coaching across age groups and environments.
  • Experience of working with hard to reach young people.
  • Experience of delivering social inclusion programmes to young people.
  • Knowledge of Child protection and Safeguarding
  • Strong interpersonal skills - ability to build strong relationships with people at all levels both external and internal
  • Ability to perform in a busy environment
  • Ability to work as part of a team and be flexible to change in an evolving business.
  • Ability to work to a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to make decisions and use own initiative.
  • Knowledge in managing and being responsible for budgets would be desirable
  • Current UK Driving License.
  • Access to a car

Salary: £21k per annum plus benefits

Work Pattern: Full Time 35 hours per week plus 1 hour unpaid lunch break

Interviews: Thursday 31st October 2019

Start Date: November 2019

How to apply:-

To apply for the role please send your CV accompanied with a covering letter to Human Resources at recruitment@ricoharena.com