Warriors and Redditch United Football Club aim to get young people into work

Warriors team up with Redditch to implement HITZ programme

Are you aged between 16 and 18? Looking for employment and training? If so, then HITZ is looking for you.

Starting on Monday 16 April, Warriors will be teaming up with Redditch United in order to help transform the lives of 12 local youngsters through the HITZ programme – Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability scheme, which works with more than 2000 young people across England every year.

HITZ applies rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to help young people develop important life skills and gain qualifications alongside experience. The programme focuses on both physical and mental wellbeing by allowing its young people to participate in several sporting activities.

Warriors have been running the HITZ programme for the last six months in Kidderminster already and were recently asked by West Mercia Police to set up a course in the town, to run in conjunction with the football club.

The programme, which will be held at The TRICO Stadium, will be an Employability Level One course, which concentrates on giving young people the skills and credentials that employers are looking for, including work experience and interview techniques. It will last 12 to 14 weeks and there are no learning costs involved, as students’ transport and food costs are covered by the programme.

Warriors Community Foundation Manager Carol Hart said: “Redditch has been identified for this type of intervention programme and it’s a chance to engage young people and broaden their horizons by introducing them to opportunities in the wider community through sport.”

Redditch United General Manager David Tittershill added: “We are delighted to be joining forces with an established sporting club like Worcester Warriors to help get the youth of Redditch active and into employment.

“It is important that young people are given the chance to develop and realise their potential. We feel that HITZ is the perfect opportunity to do this and we look forward to continuing our commitment to the local community through this programme.”

Anyone interested in the programme should contact Dan Hart by emailing dan.hart@warriors.co.uk or calling 07920443843. Alternatively you can contact David Faulkner by emailing info@rufcacademy.co.uk or calling 07854 886948.