HITZ Award winner Milton Kachecha hopes to create a future for himself in the game after being picked up by the Northampton Saints Developing Player Programme.
Kachecha scooped the HITZ Best Rugby Performer at the glittering London ceremony at the BT Centre back in November and collected his prize from World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme, which works with over 2,000 disadvantaged 14-19 year-olds across England every year.
The HITZ Best Rugby Performer award, supported by Land Rover, recognises a young person whose progress in the sport of rugby – on and off the pitch – has helped them overcome a range of challenges and progress back into education, training or employment.
Kachecha played some rugby in his home country of Zimbabwe, as well as cricket, but found his confidence knocked by his low academic ability.
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He arrived in England, with his Dad and younger brother, looking for a better life with HITZ being the first programme of its type he joined.
He later signed up with Old Northamptonians Colts section, helping them win the final of the Alliance Cup at Franklin’s Gardens and was immediately picked up by the Premiership Rugby club.
“HITZ has helped me see the future I have an opportunity to do well and I’m going to try my hardest to achieve, if that’s playing rugby or going to college,” he said.
“The HITZ programme has given me motivation to want to do more and work harder and now I see a future for me in rugby.
“They’re looking at me for East Midlands Academy so it’s really good at the moment for me rugby-wise and it’s all thanks to HITZ really.”
— HITZ Saints (@HitzRugbySaints) November 21, 2017
Kachecha’s award was supported by Land Rover, as well as a brand new watch from Premiership Rugby partner Citizen, and Scott Dicken, Marketing Director at Land Rover UK, has high hopes for the youngster.
“Through rugby and HITZ, Milton has identified a passion and has a dream to play professional rugby,” He added.
“Milton has shown how rugby can be a truly positive motivator in helping overcome personal challenges. In his case, equipping him with the tools and focus to tackle educational difficulties.
“This highlights the value of the HITZ programme and hopefully his award spurs him on to pursue his ambitions.”