HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award - winning education and employability programme which works with more than 2,000 young people, aged 16 - 19 years old, every year.

Delivered nationally, by Premiership Rugby’s 13 member clubs, HITZ uses rugby’s core values to improve the personal, social and life skills to support young people.

Supported and funded by partners CVC Foundation and Wooden Spoon, the HITZ learning academy offers a relaxed environment giving students the chance to earn accredited Maths and English qualifications through GCSE and Functional Skills provisions. The programme embeds the core values of rugby, teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline, and sportsmanship and offers essential enrichment and sporting activities which supports the development of the individual improving physical, mental and social wellbeing through a tailored approach.

Aims of the HITZ learning academy at Wasps

  • To embed an enrichment schedule which supports the growth of personal, life and employability skills of young people
  • Offer employer led and work experience and workshops that have worth and the potential to offer positive progressions
  • To create a safe, inclusive, and holistic environment that promotes the offering to gain nationally accredited qualifications.
  • To provide a programme that improves the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of individuals.

Participants in the HITZ programme regularly report an increase in resilience, self-confidence, and aspiration as a result of their involvement, and over 70% go on to achieve a positive progression into further education, training, or employment.

YMCA have a new partnership with Premiership Rugby to become the exclusive education partner for the award-winning employability programme. Managing all educational aspects of the Premiership Rugby HITZ programme.

To find out more information and to make a referral please contact:

Dom Owen

Email: Dom.owen@wasps.co.uk

Phone: 07523 669202