Bath Rugby Foundation’s Sponsor Our Students campaign has been backed by two of the most experienced members of Bath Rugby’s playing squad.

Half back duo Will Chudley and Rhys Priestland have signed up to the campaign, which will see youngsters supported as they gain qualifications and take a step into employment.

Sponsorship will give participants on Bath Rugby Foundation’s award-winning HITZ programme the help they need to succeed. The funding will meet the individuals’ needs, which can range from training courses or smart interview clothes, to food and the bus fare needed to attend HITZ.

Will Chudley said: “It’s very upsetting to hear that some of the HITZ learners cannot get to the Rec to take part in sessions because they can’t pay for bus fare, or can’t afford lunch.

“Obviously there are going to be a lot more youngsters suffering as we come out of the current national crisis and we encourage anyone who can support this campaign to get in touch with Bath Rugby Foundation.”


HITZ is Bath Rugby Foundation’s employability programme for 16 to 19 year olds who are considered NEET - not in employment, education or training. HITZ mixes sport with classroom-based learning and enables young adults who are in danger of falling through the net to look ahead at a brighter future.

Bath Rugby Foundation will have 60 learners starting the HITZ courses in September and Bath Rugby’s charity is seeking 60 businesses, individuals and groups of individuals, each contributing £600 to support them. Each learner will have specific needs and the money will meet those needs.


Rhys Priestland said: “As players we see the great work that Bath Rugby Foundation does with young people in this city. 

“We hear the stories of how the youngsters are making huge, positive steps to change their lives and we’re happy to contribute to helping.

The Sponsor Our Students campaign is being led by Bath Rugby Foundation’s Corporate Fundraiser, David Trick, who is keen to hear from individuals, groups or businesses who would like to support the charity’s young learners.

As soon as the fundraising plan was first launched the leadership trio of Charlie Ewels, Stuart Hooper and Tarquin McDonald came forward to sponsor Bath Rugby Foundation learners.

Ten current and former members of Bath Rugby’s Academy – all homegrown players – have also signed up to help people their own age.

To sign up, or learn more about Bath Rugby Foundation’s Support Our Students campaign, email [email protected]