Barclays has played a pivotal role in supporting HITZ in Bath, where volunteers from the local branches help deliver the programme. HITZ supports 5 Million Young Futures - Barclays’ Citizenship commitment to invest not only money, but employees’ time and expertise in community programmes that enhance the enterprise, employability and financial skills of disadvantaged young people, by 2015.
David Wheldon, Barclays Head of Brand, Reputation, Citizenship and Marketing said: "For the past decade, we've used the power of sport to support our communities and the young people who live in them. Youth unemployment is a significant issue and HITZ provides an innovative way to respond to this problem. Our partnership with this Premiership Rugby programme is part of Barclays' broader commitment to changing 5 Million Young Futures, so the next generation has the skills needed to fulfil their potential and achieve financial security."
Josh is one of 9,000 young people across the UK who will be supported by HITZ over the next three years. 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 ambassadors and Bath Rugby players Matt Banahan and Anthony Perenise are supporting the young people involved. "We are very proud of the HITZ programme at Bath Rugby," said Banahan, "and I am delighted to be involved with it. As Josh’s film shows HITZ is helping young people to fulfil their potential, giving them the best chance to find work or start further education.”