Learners from Northampton Saints’ and Wasps’ HITZ programmes are discovering the benefits yoga can have – both physically and mentally.
HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme which works with over 2,000 young people, aged 14-18 year-old, across England every year.
Using rugby’s core values, HITZ supports young people not in education, training or employment (NEET) to get them back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment.
Delivered nationally by the Premiership Rugby clubs, Northampton Saints Social Inclusion Manager Jordan Letts was introduced to experienced yoga teacher Cat Meffan.
Cat aims to promote yoga as an alternative to practical sports, whilst also proving how it can help with anger management and confidence issues.
And although the learners were hesitant at first, attendance on the days Cat teaches yoga is now at 100%, with monthly sessions now planned with the effect clear for all to see.
Incredible day spent with @CatMeffan and @HITZWasps a massive thank you needs to go to @BoostTrampoline for allowing us to use their fantastic facility! @premrugby @HITZRugby #AngerManagement #Breathe #Yoga pic.twitter.com/GeIjWiW08t
— HITZ Saints (@HitzRugbySaints) February 7, 2018
HITZ learner Erin O’Boyle said: “It gives us a chance to be ourselves and become confident in an activity which we didn’t know about.”
Fellow HITZ learner Conor Rayment added: “I have used the breathing techniques shown by Cat to control my anger.”
And Jordan has been blown away by the effect the yoga sessions are having on his HITZ learners at Northampton Saints – and it’s not all physical too.
“I feel this programme has been fantastic for the students as there are so many life skills which can be learnt through yoga,” he said.
“Having Cat attend Saints monthly has given our students the consistency they need and some great techniques on how to cope with negative behaviours.”
To find out more information on Premiership Rugby’z HITZ Programme, click here.