Aug 09, 2016


This month saw the end of what has been a tough year for young people enrolled on the Saracens HITZ Programme and the hard work put in by all of the learners completing the course has been incredible. The programme ended with a chance to celebrate the achievements of the learners with an end of programme trip to Thorpe Park and a final chance to spend time as a group.

The HITZ Programme looks to support young people aged 16-18 who are disengaged from education and employment. Based around the core values of sport and rugby the programme aims to constantly challenge young people - developing the confidence and life skills needed to achieve.

During their time on the programme the learners were exposed to a wide variety of challenges both in and out of the classroom. In the classroom – tutors supported learners in achieving English & Maths qualifications; whilst Saracens HITZ Officers worked with the group on job skills such as interview skills and CV writing. Outside of the classroom learners were challenged with opportunities for work experience with various departments in Saracens and in some of the great partners of the club.

The success of the HITZ Programme comes from the support from delivery staff in mentoring young people from challenging backgrounds in an environment that is supportive and yet challenging. This environment, coupled with the strength of the Saracens network means the opportunities are huge for young people on the course.

Throughout the course highlights have included one young man struggling with SEN able to challenge his English & Maths through the use of filming and editing film – he was even given the opportunity to film the Saracens 1st XV as they prepared at Allianz Park during a Captain’s Run. We have also seen two learners, both of whom have struggled with confidence, able to give a half time interview in the middle of the pitch and projected onto the big screen in front of a stadium full of supporters.

Out of the most recent group of lea, we have seen success with learners heading back into education and securing places at colleges and young people heading into the world of work looking to progress through trial periods with Nandos.

Saracens are now looking to the next programme hoping that we can see more young people realise their potential. The course will run each week from Tuesday – Friday starting in September and is suitable for 16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.

If you are interesting in finding out more about this programme then please contact the Saracens HITZ Education Officer Lauren Briggs on


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