Northampton Saints Hitz Programme


Northampton Saints Rugby HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16-18 year olds where you can:

  • Play a range of sports while having fun and making new friends
  • Achieve Nationally-recognised qualifications in sport and Active Leisure
  • Get fit and learn about health and nutrition
  • Improve communication skills and confidence
  • Receive support to increase literacy and numeracy skills
  • Learn work preparation skills & experience to improve employability

At Northampton Saints we have some fantastic enrichment opportunities for our students which include: Trilogy sport centres, Unit 22 Crossfit, Boost trampoline parks, Cineworld and Guy salmon land rover.  These local companies provide us with fantastic employment and active benefits which are on offer to our growing cohort!

The BTEC Level 1 Award in Sport and Active Leisure provides a fantastic opportunity for students to understand skills and develop knowledge to working in this diverse sector, they’ll be encouraged to demonstrate through participation and classroom activities covering a wide range of sport and active leisure.

START DATE: September and February.

EXIT ROUTES: Level 3 programmes, apprenticeship programmes and full time or part time work.



Students will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications managed by SCL.

BTEC Level 1 in Sport & Active Leisure
Start date: Sept 18

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Sport & Active Leisure
Start date: Sept 18

BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Employability Skills
Start date: Feb 19'

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.

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments
  • Proven Progression routes



Meet the Team

Jordan Letts – Social Inclusion Officer 

Jordan is a UKCC Level 2 Rugby Coach who has a strong passion for working with young people. Alongside being a sports coach Jordan has a positive education background having been enrolled at Moulton College then progressing onto Nottingham Trent University.  Jordan studied Sports Leisure and Educational Development, during this time the main focus of his research was the HITZ programme and the positive effect it has on so many young people. Jordan has been working alongside the HITZ programme for two years now and has seen many students progress onto education, employment and training.


 Shirley Malin – Hitz Officer

Shirley has previously worked at Northampton College offering classroom support to various students on many different courses.  The role required her to work alongside the mental health team, including scribing, encouraging correct behaviour, working towards independence for each student and getting them prepared for the next level of the course or employment.  Shirley is very driven and thrives to push students to get the best possible outcomes.



The HITZ Programme will be based at Franklins Gardens, Northampton Saints, Weedon Road; Northampton; England; NN5 5BG.


  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.