Fixtures - Top Bar

HITZ AWARDS 2016 – acclaimed by Minister for Employment, Priti Patel


MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT Priti Patel has tonight acclaimed five inspirational teenagers who have been honoured at Premiership Rugby’s inaugural HITZ Awards.

The Minister is a long-term supporter of Premiership Rugby's multi award-winning HITZ programme that utilises rugby to increase young people’s resilience, self-reliance and confidence and gives them the skills to get back into education, apprenticeships and employment.

Tonight in the heart of London’s financial landmark Canary Wharf, five of the many thousands of HITZ participants were honoured in front of a prestigious audience at Barclays HQ.
"I've had the privilege to meet inspirational young people who have benefitted from HITZ, and find out how the scheme has helped them turn their lives around,” said the Minister.
Tried and tested since 2009 and delivered through all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs, each year HITZ gives 3,000 vulnerable young people age 11-19 the personal skills and opportunity to reach their full potential.
As part of the HITZ scheme students complete a 33-week study programme that gets vital maths and English grades up and offers accredited qualifications, which are tailored for their chosen path. Being ready for the world of work is also learning how to turn up on time, write a CV, communicate and present yourself – 75% progress positively back into education, employment or training.
The Minister added: "HITZ isn't just about rugby – it's engaging with hundreds of young people to get them ready for the world of work, and linking them up with businesses and training opportunities.
“All of the winners and nominees at the HITZ awards deserve heartfelt congratulations, and I look forward to hearing more success stories from HITZ participants in the future."
HITZ seeks to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment. Delivered nationally through 12 Premiership Rugby clubs it is supported by four key partners – Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon.

The HITZ Award night was not just about the five main award winners as Premiership Rugby would like to acknowledge 12 other people who won Highly Commended prizes and Special Mentions.
The full list of prize winners:
The Community Impact Award, supported by Wooden Spoon. This category is designed to recognise a HITZ young person who has contributed to the improvement of a community or club, through volunteering and service. The award looks at the impact of the young person's volunteering in the community, and also the impact of the volunteering on the HITZ participant themselves.


  • Katie McGory, Sale Sharks

Highly Commended:

  • Connor Mitchell, Worcester Warriors
  • Jacob King, Bath Rugby

The Young Ambassador of the Year, supported by Land Rover.  This award rewards the individual who has done the most to represent the HITZ programme to their peers and in their communities. It recognises someone who has grown and changed for the better and whose positive attitude has made an impact on those involved in and around the project.


Steph Rawlings, Harlequins

Highly Commended:

  • James Cameron, Leicester Tigers
  • Lacey Marshall, Sale Sharks

The Best Rugby Performer, supported by Premiership Rugby. The Rugby Performance award rewards an individual who has developed and progressed in their rugby performance, physical activity levels and capabilities as a result of participating in the HITZ programme. This is not necessarily those that have progressed the furthest in terms of level of play, but those that have improved the most, changed their attitude toward activity and improved their health as a result.


  • Govinda Kay, Exeter Chiefs

Highly Commended:

  • George Brand, Worcester Warriors
  • Antony Morris, Sale Sharks
  • Louis Lott, Leicester Tigers

The HITZ Champion Award, supported by Comic Relief, an award designed to recognise a HITZ participant or member of the community who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help someone on the programme to overcome personal barriers to win. This could include supporting young people so that they can build a better future, prevent violent or exploitative situations or achieve healthier finances.


  • Lacey Marshall, Sale Sharks

Highly Commended:

  • Ben McDonald, Worcester Warriors
  • Chris Dawson, Northampton Saints
  • Melanie Magee, Newcastle Falcons

The Young Achiever of the Year, supported by Barclays recognises a young person who has overcome barriers to achieve personal success…… and who has attained the greatest positive progression in their personal journey returning to education, training and employment.


  • Joe Melfah, Worcester Warriors

Highly Commended:

  • Kendal Morris, Sale Sharks
  • Sohail Khalifa, Leicester Tigers

The annual HITZ Awards recognise some of the most inspiring young people in England. The HITZ programme delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment. See

Latest News

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps maintained the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens with success over Worcester Warriors – a victory Dai Young…

Rob Miller deputised in sterling fashion (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons side are evolving according to the director of rugby, after he saw his side run in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Newcastle Falcons ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps moved to within one point of the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Director of rugby David Humphreys believes Gloucester Rugby showed their battling qualities as they went through the gears in the…


Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 11

Leicester Tigers’ director of rugby Richard Cockerill wants his side to be more clinical after they edged past Northampton Saints…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 14 Saracens 11

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder believes his side broke down a mental barrier by hanging tough to beat…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library