London Irish Rugby HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-18 year olds where you can:
ENRICHMENT: This includes an exciting mix of sporting activities such as rugby, football, tennis, boxing, karate, Pilates and gym sessions alongside a structured educational programme. The programme also includes day trips, examples of such trips are the London Irish training ground, army bases and ski domes.
START DATE: 1st intake in September, 2nd intake in February.
EXIT ROUTES: Level 3 programmes, apprenticeship programmes and full time or part time work.
Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL.
Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.
SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.
Ainsley Campbell - London Irish HITZ Officer:
The successful award winning London Irish HITZ programme is led by Ainsley Campbell who is an energetic young sportsman who has played rugby for one of the top academies in the country. Ainsley is an ex-international athlete who competed for Great Britain when he was 17. After a serious injury cut short his career he decided to go into coaching and teaching. Ainsley went to Middlesex University to study Sports Development and Community Coaching where he was there he worked alongside the Tottenham Football Foundation. After university Ainsley became a behaviour mentor at a pupil referral unit in Slough called Haybrook. After finishing at Haybrook he started his journey with London Irish Hitz Programme.
Mark Kilgallon - London Irish HITZ tutor:
Marks background is in behaviour management and previous to working for SCL he worked 10 years in a pupil referral unit called Haybrook mainly working 1 on 1 with the most challenging of pupils. His proudest achievement whilst at the pupil referral unit was helping a pupil who couldn’t read or write and suffered from dyslexia, gain his level 1 BTEC sport and went on to pass his Level 2 all by himself.
Mark is a keen sportsman who loves his football and rugby. Mark's overall education goal is to help those who have struggled through school to go on and achieve.
The HITZ Programme will be based at John Madejski Academy Sixth form block, 330 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 8DH.
The programme gives young people an amazing opportunity to rebuild their lives through the power of sport. When I was younger I was a hyper student and I often messed about in classes that I found boring or I struggled to engage in. A teacher helped me channel and discipline my energy through the tool of sport. Ainsley Campbell, London Irish HITZ Officer