- Hitz nominated for prestigious Sport Industry Award
- Programme uses rugby to support young people in tough inner city areas
Photo: RFU Archive
Hitz, a project which introduces young people from disadvantaged inner city areas to rugby, has been nominated for the Community Programme of the Year Award at the prestigious Sport Industry Awards 2012.
Run in partnership with the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby, the Metropolitan Police, Active Communities Network, the Mayor’s Office, the Rugby Football Foundation and rugby charity Wooden Spoon, the programme targets young people at risk of anti-social behaviour and exclusion from school and is delivered by the Premiership Rugby clubs.
Hitz, based in the heart of the toughest inner city areas, introduces young people to rugby, helping build confidence and respect, whilst inspiring players of the future. It also identifies opportunities for apprenticeships, as well as workshops, training and education programmes for young people.
Sally Pettipher, Campaign Director at the RFU, said: "HITZ constantly shows its value in the way young people on the programme are stepping up to the mark and making positive life changing decisions. Rugby union has the ability to do this through its Core Values – Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship."
Wayne Morris, Head of Community at Premiership Rugby, said: "Hitz has been running in the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, Ealing, Hackney, Hounslow, Islington, Newham, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Southwark and we’re seeing some great results. It has been so successful that we’re now planning on expanding the programme to other areas of the country this year."
The winning programme will be announced at the Sport Industry Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 2.