Saracens - HITZ Ambassadors Come Together at the Premiership Final

Jun 01, 2016

HITZ Ambassadors Come Together at the Premiership Final


Saturday 28th May 2016 was not just a big occasion for Saracens but also a big day for the Saracens HITZ Programme. It was the day that all HITZ Ambassadors came together to represent their clubs in an action packed day that ended in watching the premiership FINAL!

HITZ learners chosen for their hard work throughout the year, met on Friday at the High Ashurst Outdoor Adventure Centre and started the day with team building challenges on the high ropes course.

The twelve groups were then split into teams and set the task of designing a business plan (with a £500 budget) to raise money for charity. Each team would then put forward a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch to key members from various HITZ Programme funders. Drawing on the relationships that had grown during the earlier high ropes activities the teams came together and worked until late that evening.

Saturday morning came round and the group had an early start to get to Twickenham and the unbelievable chance to play touch rugby games on the hallowed turf! “It was an honour to play touch on the pitch” said HITZ learner Ryan: “I will never forget it.”

After the morning session playing touch rugby, the group prepared for the Dragons Den presentation. Three Dragons representing Wooden Spoon, Land Rover and Barclays arrived and introduced themselves and the nervous HITZ groups found out who would be presenting first. Saracens, Exeter and London Irish got to go third and smashed it! Every person in the team presented well, spoke confidently and answered all the questions that were thrown their way – a proud moment for HITZ Officers and tutors all around the room as all of the learners showed confidence and ability that would not have been seen at the beginning of the course and clearly marks their development.

After the presentations the group were introduced to World Cup Winner Lewis Moody, now a Land Rover Ambassador and a big supporter of the HITZ Programme. He spoke of his own difficulties with public speaking early in his career and how impressed he was with what the learners had achieved that day and throughout the course.

The two days were long and challenging, thrown in at the deep end the learners from different clubs had to work together having never met before. Every group showed the maturity and work rate to do just this and the end result was brilliant. It was a great day all round that could only topped by the great final between Saracens and Exeter. Ryan Smith a Saracens Hitz learner said “Watching a Prem Final was something I’ll never forget and to see a Sarries win made it 10x better”.

The Saracens HITZ Programme helps challenged young people aged 16-18 realise their potential by giving them the skills and experiences to achieve in life. Working on English, maths and employability skills the course is based around the core values of rugby and Saracens – Honesty, Discipline, Work Rate & Teamwork.

This weekend was not just the end of a historic year for Saracens – it was a celebration of a great year for Saracens HITZ.

For more information on this project, please contact: nickgourlay@saracens.net – 07982 241 437

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