Fixtures - Top Bar

Rugby World Cup winner backs HITZ

HITZ Awards 2014 031214

After watching HITZ grow from a bright idea to a life-changing programme, Rugby World Cup winner and Land Rover ambassador Jason Robinson cannot wait to see what will happen in the next 12 months.

Five of the many 1,000s of HITZ participants were honoured at Barclays HQ in London and Robinson presented the Young Ambassador of the Year award, supported by Land Rover – which was won by Bath Rugby's Jorden Honan.
 
HITZ is Premiership Rugby's multi award-winning programme that uses rugby to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment. And Robinson, whose path from a troubled childhood in Leeds to a decorated career on the rugby pitch is well-documented, insists the programme is especially pertinent to him.
 
"I love HITZ because it's part of my background,” he said. "Growing up in a tough area, council estates, there was quite a lot of stuff going on when I was younger so I can understand and relate to a lot of the things that the young people have gone through.
 
"That's why I wanted to get involved in this so much – it's a fantastic programme and a great thing that Land Rover's supporting.
 
"You can just see the confidence start to grow in all of the young people when they take part. We've got so many stories out of this year that I can't wait until next year.
 
"If we've done this much in one year, then imagine what we will have done five or ten years down the line.”
 
Robinson has been involved with HITZ for some time, never afraid to lend a hand with the youngsters' development.
 
"I've been to quite a few events and I've spent quite a lot of time sat down with the guys just listening to their stories,” he said.
 
"I've been listening to some of the challenges they have and some of the ambitions they have. That's great because we're trying to educate them and give them experiences so that they can learn and take those experiences into the workplace.
 
"We've also been to the Land Rover plant, which was fantastic. I'd never been before but the kids love cars so it was great going round and seeing this massive factory.
 
"It was mind-blowing and things like that give them an incentive to do some of the other stuff.
 
"When you're sat doing maths or English that you don't want to be doing, it's an incentive that if you knuckle down you'll be able to go to various places.
 
"I've been to Go Ape with them on the high-wires and I'm not great with heights myself, so that was a bit of a challenge for me, never mind them!”
 
With another exciting year of HITZ just beginning, the British & Irish Lion knows his involvement with the programme is certainly not over.
 
"I can relate to these young people because life's not easy. That's why the HITZ programme is so great because it gives people a second chance and sometimes a third chance," added Robinson.
 
"We've seen just what it can do for people at the HITZ Awards and because of everyone investing themselves in it we can see such success.
 
"I just want to spend more and more time with these guys and encourage them because I think what's happening with this programme is fantastic.”
 
The award winning HITZ programme tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment.  Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young people's resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It gives them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. Please visit hitzrugby.com to find out more.

 

Latest News

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…

henrypurdyglobri16sb1111

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

Match Report: Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 11

Heroic defensive efforts from both sides meant the boot was king in the second half at Welford Road and a…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Gloucester Rugby racked up four second-half tries to come from behind and beat local rivals Bristol Rugby at Kingsholm. The…

willheinzgloubris1111sb16

Match Report: Bath Rugby 14 Saracens 11

Bath Rugby made their first-half dominance count at the Rec but only just as a dogged Saracens fell to defeat…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Rob Baxter hailed Exeter Chiefs' defensive display after they earned a third Aviva Premiership Rugby win in a row with…

DM1_7730

Match Report: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Three first-half tries saw Exeter Chiefs move into the top four of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table after a scrappy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Born-and-bred Worcester Warrior Jonny Arr up for jersey fight

Jonny Arr is on the brink of bringing up his 100th Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance for Worcester Warriors – but…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

100th Harlequins appearance ‘would be special’, says hooker Dave Ward

Harlequins hooker Dave Ward has said it would be “something special” if he made his 100th appearance for the club on…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Saints team named for derby day

The Northampton Saints team has been announced for Saturday’s East Midlands derby with Leicester. Ben Foden will lead the side…

JJ Hanrahan

Wasps team for Worcester Warriors

Dai Young has named his side to make the short trip to Sixways this Sunday, to take on Worcester Warriors…

Wasps