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HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme which works with more than 2,000 young people, aged 14-19 years old, every year.  

HITZ, delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby’s 13 member clubs, uses rugby’s core values to improve the personal, social and life skills to support young people back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment. 

Our core offer, the HITZ Learning Academy, offers a relaxed environment targeted at 16 to 19-year-olds to improve their functional Maths and English, develop valuable life skills and gain important qualifications alongside experience from work placements and employer-led sessions. The programme also offers essential enrichment and sporting activities which supports the development of the individual, through not only improving their mental health but their physical wellbeing as well. HITZ is funded by partners Land Rover and Wooden Spoon.

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.

HITZ is funded by partners Land Rover and Wooden Spoon.

In 2019 SCL Education & Training expanded their 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, leading providers of education through sport, SCL, have more than 15 years’ experience in delivering a range of forward thinking and successful education and sports development programmes for young adults.

How the course works?
With the help of our enthusiastic staff, we hope that the young people that attend will be able to leave with a new-found confidence and readiness to succeed in education or employment. The BTEC-based education programme is delivered by our education providers, SCL, an approved BTEC centre. Northampton Saints will deliver the HITZ Learning Academy in partnership with SCL.

Can Saints help you?
To get involved, arrange a visit to the stadium/classroom or to discuss referrals for young people, please contact our HITZ Team.

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