Are you disengaged with mainstream education? Would you like to gain qualifications for your CV while also building the self-belief and confidence to pursue your goals?

The award winning HITZ Programme – delivered nationally by all Premiership Rugby clubs – uses the core values of rugby, alongside other sporting and extracurricular opportunities to increase young people’s resilience, self-confidence and long-term employability.

HITZ provides learners with the opportunity to gain key qualifications in Maths and English, as well as BTECs in Sport and Active Leisure. The BTEC-based education programme is delivered by our education providers, SCL, an approved BTEC centre. Harlequins Foundation will deliver the HITZ Learning Academy in partnership with SCL.”

The HITZ Programme is open to young people between the ages of 16 to19 who are currently out of education, employment or training. Learners receive support from both a dedicated tutor and a HITZ Officer who is solely responsible for their individual development. Qualifications are a key focus of the programme; however, enrichment hours provide opportunities to develop life skills, participate in new and exciting activities and gain valuable work experience.

HITZ takes place three days a week, from 09:00 to 15:00, at our Learning Centre at the Twickenham Stoop. The day is split between classes, taught in a way that better suits an individual’s learning styles, and enrichment activities, which can range from mock interviews and coaching experience, to a kickabout in the fresh air and excursions to GoApe.

For further information on how to become involved in the HITZ Programme. You can contact Mark Kilgallon, or call him on 07817076851.

If you would like to become a supporter of The Stoop Learning Centre or the Harlequins HITZ Programme, as either a donor or by providing enrichment opportunities you can contact Paul Wilson by clicking here.

In 2019 SCL Education & Training expanded their partnership with Premiership Rugby to become the exclusive education partner for the award-winning employability programme. Managing all educational aspects of the Premiership Rugby HITZ programme, leading providers of education through sport, SCL, have more than 15 years’ experience in delivering a range of forward thinking and successful education and sports development programmes for young adults.


HITZ on Track (HoT) is a targeted programme for young people between the ages of 14-16 (Years 10 and 11) identified by schools as at risk of exclusion or potentially not having a positive destination come the end of year 11. The programme, which is delivered over six-weeks, includes both classroom and outdoor sessions. Classroom topics focus on key themes which include:

  1. Rugby Core Values.
  2. British Values
  3. Managing Emotions
  4. Positive Relationships
  5. Alcohol Awareness
  6. Drug Awareness

The programme offers a short intervention for young people at risk of exclusion and potential referral opportunity into the HITZ Learning Academy.


In partnership with Greggs Foundation, Tacking Health is a strand of Premiership Rugby Champions and is an interactive programme for children aged seven – eight, which takes a holistic approach to teaching children about their own health, wellbeing and about leading a healthy lifestyle with a rugby focus.

The programme uses rugby to improve young people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet and to increase young people’s levels of physical activity.

Rugby’s diversity makes it the perfect vehicle to drive a healthy and activity-led initiative. As a sport rugby can offer playing opportunities and role models to children no matter what their background or ability. The interactive programme takes a well-rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about Tackling Health, including how to get involved, please visit:


Project Rugby is a joint initiative with Premiership Rugby and the RFU designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented groups (black, asian and ethnic minority, low socio-economic background, and people with disabilities).

Project Rugby is designed with the belief that in order to engage and transition a participant into lifelong participation in the game, we must reduce the personal and environmental barriers people face. The programme will be delivered at a time and place that ensures it is accessible to the target audiences, and will involve activities designed to increase participants’ levels of self-confidence and resilience.

For more information on how you or your school can get involved you can contact Paul Wilson by clicking here.