Bath Rugby, together with Premiership Rugby, YMCA Training and the Wooden Spoon Children’s Charity, have launched HITZ Bath, a new community programme which will kick start young people in need into full-time work or education.
HITZ Bath is a progressive, high profile programme delivered by Aviva Premiership club Bath Rugby, YMCA Training and the Wooden Spoon Children’s Charity.
The HITZ programme targets young people at risk of exclusion and anti-social behaviour, introducing them – often for the first time – to touch and contact rugby. HITZ Bath provides participants with the opportunity to access personal and social development programmes, educational support, vocational training programmes and workforce development Apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities
The programme is funded by community-minded businesses including Barclay Spaces 4 Sports, SEGRO and The Tanner Trust as well as Sport England.
HITZ Bath’s delivery team is aiming to recruit at least 120 young people onto this unique education and training programme. Although the ultimate goal is helping participants – aged between 16 and 19 – into full-time work or education, HITZ Bath is also about developing talents and life skills so that young people can contribute to society in whatever they choose to do in the future.
Stephen Barber who is a Foundation Officer for Bath Rugby will be delivering the programme and spoke of The Bath Rugby Foundation’s aims which include sport, education and inclusion: “I am really excited about being involved in Premiership Rugby’s Hitz programme and the opportunities that it will provide for young people in Bath. Hitz will further the Club’s role in becoming a hub for young people enabling them to access education, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities.
HITZ Bath’s launch event was attended not just by representatives of the club, local elected officials and delivery partners, but also by over 30 young people, who received a taster coaching session, a guided tour of The Rec and had the opportunity to spend time talking to staff from YMCA Training.
Andy Furse, the Mayor of Bath was present at this event: “Hitz is a very exciting project. What really impressed me was that it was a national project with many companies onboard such as the YMCA, who bring training into the equation. It is not just about giving young people a short sharp bit of experience, but the longevity of them getting into a role they are very happy to focus on.
Today, we are all aware that some young people have no role models at home, so Hitz really gives them an opportunity to gain real focus, and to become independent individuals who house themselves, bring up their own families and get out of their negative cycles.”
Jai Purewal, Development Director, Wooden Spoon Community Projects, ‘Wooden Spoon is delighted to be working with Premiership Rugby and YMCA Training to provide this opportunity through Bath Rugby. Collectively we hope to provide young people in and around town with a significant and sustainable opportunity to change their lives for the better. We wish the HITZ Bath delivery team well and look forward to meeting project beneficiaries and sharing in their success over the coming months.’