17 May 13
Harlequins has confirmed an exciting group of pre-season fixtures as it prepares for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Hitz, based in the heart of the toughest inner city areas, introduces young people to rugby, helping build confidence and respect, whilst inspiring players of the future. It also identifies opportunities for apprenticeships, as well as workshops, training and education programmes for young people. This month Hitz registered its 1000thparticipant.
Wayne Morris, Head of Community at Premiership Rugby, said "Hitz has been running in the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Croydon, Ealing, Hackney, Hounslow, Islington, Newham, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Southwark and we're seeing some great results. It has been so successful that we're now planning on expanding the programme to other areas of the country this year."
Sally Pettipher, Campaign Director at the RFU said "HITZ constantly shows its value in the way young people on the programme are stepping up to the mark and making positive life changing decisions. Rugby union has the ability to do this through its Core Values - Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship."
The winning programme will be announced at the Sports Industry Awards Dinner on Wednesday 2nd May.
Premiership Rugby's title sponsor Aviva has also been nominated in the category of Best Sponsorship of a Sport, Event or Competition for Aviva Premiership Rugby.