Saracens - HITZ group hit the mark!

Jan 29, 2015

HITZ group hit the mark!

The HITZ Hub is an alternative learning centre for 16-18 year olds who aren’t in education or employment. The project uses sport to offer something different and engage those young people who find it difficult to attain in a standard classroom setting. In addition to using rugby to increase resilience and self-confidence; the HITZ project provides young people with the skills to get back into education, or begin training apprenticeships and employment, through working on different modules to ultimately gain ASDAN qualifications.

The current group of HITZ guys have been doing just this. They have been working towards achieving modules including life skills, education, and rugby leadership. The life skills module aims to increase employability through CV writing, interview techniques and professional standards, whilst increasing self-confidence. The education module includes behaviour management, communication, self-awareness, positive friendships, pride, and dignity. The rugby leadership module focusses on etiquette and traditions of the game, coaching, and playing rugby.

The HITZ guys have been working towards these awards for 16 weeks and have had some powerful sessions. The course culminated in a presentation last week with Hayden Smith and Jackson Wray presenting the guys with their certificates. Jack, Robin and Stephen have completed all three modules and Avi has completed his life skills and education modules.

The course was delivered by Saracens Sport Foundation’s own Craig Foster and Emilie Bydwell from Serevi rugby.

The HITZ programme is run nationally by each Premiership Rugby Club and is funded by Barclays, Land Rover, Comic Relief and Wooden Spoon.  For more information on the HITZ programme please contact

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