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HITZ learners from Sale Sharks train with the Army

HITZ learners from Sale Sharks train with the Army

Learners from Sale Sharks’ HITZ programme have been enjoying training days with the British Army Youth Team, made up of current serving members of the Army.

As part of the days, Army staff have been out to Eccles Rugby Club where Sharks Community Trust run their HITZ sessions and brought with them an inflatable assault course, ammo run course, command tasks stations and a tyre gun challenge.

HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme which, funded by partners Land Rover, Comic Relief and Wooden Spoon, works with over 2,000 young people, aged 14-18 year-old, across England every year.

The Sharks Community Trust learners have just started on the HITZ programme and the involvement with the Army really saw them come out of their shells.

They all worked as a team and learned how to communicate effectively to complete the tasks set in front of them, it was an excellent chance for everyone to get to know each other and to test themselves in a new environment.

HITZ learner Kai said: “The Army day really helped to bring out my confidence and I completed challenges I never thought I would do.”

In addition, the Army also helped test out everyone’s fitness levels and the learners have a new found motivation to improve their health and fitness for future challenges.

All these activities and future activities planned with the Army Youth Team are a part of our pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant which Sale Sharks signed in February.

To find out more about both the HITZ programme which offers qualifications and life skills to young people aged 16-18 who leave school without jobs or qualifications, please contact Tom Leader on 07415 859535 or email

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