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Sign up for HITZ with the Community Foundation

If you’re 16-24 years-old and unsure of your next step, why not get involved in Bristol Bears Community Foundation’s HITZ programme, in association with Premiership Rugby?

HITZ uses rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to get young people not in education, training or employment (NEET) back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment, and is delivered nationally by England’s 12 professional rugby clubs.

The Community Foundation’s 13-week programme is completely free and based at Lockleaze Sports Centre, with start dates in January and April.

Our core offer, the HITZ Learning Academy, offers a relaxed environment targeted at 16-24-year-olds to improve their functional maths and English, develop valuable life skills and gain important qualifications alongside experience from work placements and employer-led sessions.

The programme also offers essential enrichment and sporting activities which supports the development of the whole individual through not only improving their mental but physical wellbeing as well.

Participants in the HITZ programme regularly report an increase in resilience, self-confidence and aspiration as a result of their involvement, and over 70% go on to achieve a positive progression into further education, training or employment.

HITZ is funded by partners Land Rover, Comic Relief and Wooden Spoon.

For more information and to sign up, email HITZ officer, Nick George (