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Hitz programme gets £200k funding boost

13 December 2010

  • RFU-backed Hitz programme gets £200k funding boost from Mayor of London
  • Grassroots project takes rugby to some of London’s most deprived boroughs

Young rugby players on the RFU-backed Hitz project

Photo: RFU Archive

An RFU-backed inner city rugby coaching programme that targets some of London’s most deprived boroughs has been awarded funding of £200,000 by the Mayor of London.

The Hitz project will now be able to deliver and further extend its programme across the capital over the next two years. Hitz is one of a select number of projects to receive funding from the Mayor’s Olympic Sports Legacy programme, which aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity among Londoners. 

Nic Scott, Equity and Inclusion Manager, RFU, said: "The RFU is delighted and extremely grateful to the Mayor’s Legacy Fund for its funding of the Hitz project.

"With this support the Hitz team will reach thousands of children and young people across London, using rugby union to turn lives away from crime and anti-social behaviour, and towards sport and a positive, confident, ambitious approach to their own futures and their impact on society."

Htiz delivered by Premiership rugby clubs

The Hitz programme launched in early 2010 and aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and break down barriers between police and young people aged 11-19, by offering participation in rugby and supporting them into education, employment and volunteering.

It is delivered by Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs Harlequins, London Irish and Saracens and is supported by the Metropolitan Police Service, Active Communities Network, Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football Foundation and children’s charity Wooden Spoon.

The programme currently runs across the capital in six boroughs – Hackney, Islington, Hounslow, Ealing, Southwark and Croydon – with week night coaching taking place in local parks. To date it has reached a total of 1500 children and young people, with most getting their first taste of rugby.

Wayne Morris, Head of Community at Premiership Rugby, said: "This significant contribution of funding by the Mayor of London means that we can keep the Hitz programme running for at least another two years which is fantastic news for our social inclusion work in inner city boroughs."

Inspector Marc Davis, of the Metropolitan Police Service, said: "The Metropolitan Police Service, a major funding partner of this project, is delighted to support this project. This extra money will ensure the sustainability and growth of Hitz in London."

You can visit the dedicated Hitz website for further details and has more information on the social inclusion projects run by the RFU.