HITZ Bath are delighted that two participants on its award-winning programme won their categories at Premiership Rugby’s annual awards ceremony.
Jordan Honan was crowned winner of the Young Ambassador award, supported by Land Rover, and Jason Suttle won the Best Rugby Performer Award category. Meanwhile, Sean Stark was highly commended in the Community Impact category.
The learners picked up the award in front of a prestigious audience at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf in a ceremony which celebrated the successes of the young people on the multi award-winning programme. HITZ uses rugby to increase young people's resilience, self-reliance and confidence and gives them the skills to get back into education, apprenticeships and employment.
The Young Ambassador Award, won by 17-year-old Jordan, rewards the individual who has done the most to represent the HITZ programme to their peers and in their communities. It recognises someone who has grown and changed for the better and whose positive attitude has made an impact on those involved in and around the project.
The Rugby Performance Award, won by Jason, 18, rewards an individual who has developed and progressed in their rugby performance, physical activity levels and capabilities as a result of participating in the HITZ programme.
Jason found that a lack of a healthy routine was preventing him from participating in sport until the HITZ programme gave him a newfound love of the gym and rugby in particular.
After seeing his fitness levels drastically improve over the course of attending the HITZ programme, Jason decided to join a local rugby club and now plays two nights a week while also holding a part-time job with Bath Rugby on match days.
Minister for Sport Helen Grant was present at the ceremony and spoke glowingly of the HITZ programme as a whole.
"These programmes stand or fall by the quality and commitment of the staff who work with the young people,” she said. "HITZ staff have been singled out time and again by the youngsters for playing crucial roles in helping them change their lives. I want to thank them for that and to encourage them to continue the great work they are doing.
"Each of the young people who have made it to the shortlist have my admiration for the efforts they have made to change their own lives,” she added. "But I also want to praise them for their work with other participants in the HITZ programme and for the contribution many of them have made to their local club or community through their efforts as volunteers. You all fully deserve your award!”
The award-winning HITZ programme tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment. Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young people's resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It gives them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. Please visit hitzrugby.com to find out more.