HITZ Programme

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The award-winning HITZ programme at Topsham RFC

HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme which works with over 2,000 14-18 year-olds across England every year.

HITZ uses rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to get young people not in education, training or employment (NEET) back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment, and is delivered nationally by England’s 12 professional rugby clubs.

Our core offer, the HITZ Learning Academy, offers a relaxed environment targeted at 16-18 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 whole individual through not only improving their mental but physical wellbeing as well.

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 nationally by the Wooden Spoon charity and locally the Exeter Chiefs Foundation kindly donates money each season to allow the programme to run at Topsham RFC. Which offers fantastic facilities and is an easily accessible location. 

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Education - SCL

The HITZ Learning Academy offers a BTEC-based education programme, delivered by our education providers, SCL, an approved BTEC centre. Students will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness and where required, students can study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments
  • Proven progression route

  • Exeter Rugby HITZ Programme

    Exeter Rugby HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-18 year olds where you can:

  • Play a range of sports while having fun and making new friends
  • Achieve Nationally-recognised qualifications in Sport and Active Leisure or Employability Skills
  • Get fit and learn about health and nutrition
  • Improve communication skills and confidence
  • Receive support to increase literacy and numeracy skills
  • Learn work preparation skills & experience to improve employability
  • ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: Team building, Strength training, Cross Fit, Multi Sports, yoga, trampolining and climbing

    RECRUITMENT: As the academic year has started the next recruitment will be in January

    START DATE: September for long course and January for short course

    EXIT ROUTES: Level 3 programmes, apprenticeship programmes and full time or part time work

    If you are interested in our Hitz programme or would like to enquire about joining please contact:

    SCL Lead Tutor - Lewis Griffiths

    Telephone: 07565859075


    Exeter Chiefs Hitz Officer - Gareth Williams

    Telephone: 07852267537


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