Together with Land Rover, Wooden Spoon and Comic Relief as HITZ national partners, Barclays’ support will see this innovative programme rolled out across all 12 Premiership Rugby Clubs.
HITZ is now the world's largest rugby-based social inclusion programme. The partners will work together to give 9,000 young people aged 16-19 the confidence and skills to get into education, training or employment.
Building on the work of Barclays Spaces for Sports, which use the positive values of sport to help marginalised young people around the world, HITZ supports our ambition of changing 5 Million Young Futures by 2015. Barclays is investing £250m and colleagues’ expertise in community programmes that enhance the employability, enterprise and financial literacy skills of the next generation.
The project was launched today at the Black Prince Community Hub in London, a Spaces for Sports site. Our Spaces for Sports programme benefits over 60,000 young people globally, and we have over 200 sports sites in the UK alone.
David Wheldon, Barclays Managing Director, Brand, Reputation and Citizenship, said:
“Since 2004, Barclays has used the power of sport to support communities and the young people who live in them. We’re enabling young people to develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential - through our broader commitment to changing 5 Million Young Futures - and our partnership with Premiership Rugby’s HITZ programme is helping us do just that.”
“By working together with our clients and like-minded organisations, we can have a far greater impact on the next generation and help them achieve a secure economic future.”