Bath Rugby Foundation will launch a new course for young people hoping to move on to a career in the sports industry.

The Level 1 Active IQ in Fitness Instructing Qualification will be delivered from our state of the art classroom at the Bath Rec Sports Hub, at Bath Rugby Stadium. With support from our friends at Fitness First Bath, GLL BETTER Bath and Bath Rugby, we are able to provide a wealth of outstanding facilities and knowledge where our students can learn and develop.

The HITZ Rugby course kicks off in February, but applications from potential students are being accepted now. If you would like to enrol, get in touch now.

The new 18-week course will see participants gain a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Employability Skills on completion, alongside advancing many of the skills needed for future employment.

The new course is in partnership with GLL and Fitness First, where much of the programme will be delivered to students.

Participants will also see the opportunity to use the first-class facilities and professional gym at Farleigh House, where the Bath Rugby team train.

During the programme, students will:
• Play sports: have fun, get fitter, make new friends
• Improve Maths and English skills
• Gain nationally-recognised qualifications
• Learn new skills to become work ready
• Learn how cook and eat more healthily
• Improve communication and confidence

Joe Aygul, Outreach Officer at Bath Rugby Foundation, said: “HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme which works with over 2,000 16-19-year-olds across England every year.

“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.”

Read more about two of our HITZ success stories: Jade Whale and Ben Bradley

The 18-week programme kicks off on February 28, 2019.

The course is also available to 19-24-year-olds with a valid EHCP plan.

These 18 weeks could be life-changing, so if you think HITZ is for you, get in touch.

Visit  for more information, or to enrol, please contact Joe Aygul on 07464 545296 or [email protected]


Enrolment for the course officially commences on February 28, however due to our limited capacity, we urge any young person who wishes to take part in the course, to register interest with us as soon as possible.

There will be an opportunity for a ‘soft start’ for those young people who may struggle or be anxious with the enrolment process, this would include coming into HITZ for a flexible period of time before the course starts to familiarise themselves with the people and environment.

There will be an open day here at the Rec on Friday November 30, where young people, families, agencies and businesses are welcome to experience the HITZ Learning Academy and obtain further information. No booking required, simply turn up between the 10am - 4pm

Email or call our team - Include details about your young person and how we can contact them - [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]

Pop in to our learning academy for a chat - Bath Rec, Sports Hub, North Parade Road, Bath, BA 24ET Arrange for a mobile visit (Our staff are always happy to come and have an initial meeting with you and your young person)


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.

Our core offer, the HITZ Learning Academy, offers a relaxed environment targeted at 16-18 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.