HITZ programme’s Carter to be ambassador of Premiership Rugby

Date: 22 Nov 2018

A transgender man from Coventry who has used rugby to overcome the impact of school bullies and transform his life, is set for his moment of fame at Ricoh Arena this weekend.

Carter Moran, 20, from Stoke, Coventry, is set to lead out both Wasps and Bristol Bears with the match-day ball ahead of this Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership clash (kick-off 1pm).

He will also receive a half-time presentation where he will be formally made an ambassador of Premiership Rugby, which is part of a weekend-long initiative between English rugby’s top-tier and charity Stonewall to promote LGBT inclusion in sport.

It comes after Carter was recognised for his achievements on the Wasps HITZ programme, which helps vulnerable, disadvantaged young people back into education, employment or training.

Carter missed the majority of his secondary school years after being bullied for having Gender Dysphoria – where a person experiences discomfort due to a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.

After joining Wasps’ HITZ programme in February 2016, Carter’s role has grown from a participatory one to a leadership role and he is now undertaking an apprenticeship which allows him to pass on his experience to other disadvantaged youngsters who take part in the HITZ programme.

The extra responsibility has seen him flourish and he has now picked up the Young Achiever Award at this year’s national HITZ Awards ceremony.

Judges recognised Carter for overcoming numerous challenges and displaying outstanding commitment to development throughout the programme.

Carter said: “The HITZ programme has basically been my life since I joined.

“I had always loved sport but had to miss out on taking part for a few years, so this has really helped me to get involved again.

“Not only that, it has helped to rebuild my confidence properly and for me, it is amazing to think how far I have come to get on this apprenticeship – and this is why I want to help other people tread a similar development path to me.

“Over the last year, I have really started to see everything that I put in to this programme come back to me, and the increased support from the team who run the programme has spurred me on.

“There is just a really supportive atmosphere from everyone involved and it creates a positive environment to learn and grow in.”

Carter’s award success was made that little bit sweeter due to the fact that he had been nominated for recognition at the same ceremony for the last two years, but came away empty-handed both times.

He said: “Individual recognition isn’t the most important thing, we are all developing and learning together on the programme but it does feel nice to win on my third nomination.

“It is a great thing to look back on as I move forward in my apprenticeship role and is a reminder as to how far I have come.”

The HITZ programme, which is delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, uses rugby’s core values to improve life and employability skills for disadvantaged young people, underpinning success in education, life and work.

HITZ works with more than 2,000 disadvantaged 14 to 19-year-olds across England every year and is delivered by clubs such as Wasps at a regional level.

Wasps Community Development Officer Anthony O’Reilly said: “It is a real pleasure to deliver this programme because you can see what a difference it makes to these young people, it is literally life changing for them.

“Carter is a perfect example of this and he fully deserves the recognition he has received.”

Tickets for Wasps versus Bristol Bears on Saturday 24 November are available from www.wasps.co.ukstarting from £17 for adults, while Under 10s go free in certain areas.