Clive today attended a reception for Premier League Rugby’s flagship social inclusion programme, Hitz, at the House of Commons along with a number of MPs and World Cup winner Josh Lewsey.
Hitz has gone from strength-to-strength since its creation, run in partnership with the Rugby Football Union, the Metropolitan Police, Active Communities Network, the Mayor’s Office, the Rugby Football Foundation, Comic Relief and rugby charity Wooden Spoon – recently seeing its 1000th young person complete the programme.
Hitz targets young people at risk of anti-social behaviour and exclusion from school, introduces them to rugby to help build confidence and respect, whilst inspiring players of the future and identifying opportunities for apprenticeships, as well as workshops, training and education programmes for young people.
Along with discussing the good work the scheme does, Lewsey also handed out specially-commissioned Hitz rugby jerseys to the MPs present to give to organizations in their constituencies
Speaking at the event former London Wasps and England Full-Back Josh Lewsey said:
“You can be in any walk of life, be it politics, business, it doesn’t matter, you can’t inspire people the way sport does and this programme is fantastic at doing just that,”
“If you rewind the clock and relive your teenage years, you have a lot of time to kill, you are bored, particularly if you live in the middle of the city and you end up just filling your time.
“And sport provides that focus for people. It certainly did for me, I was a bit wayward and then all of a sudden I was given a path and really set my line to it and as fortunate enough to go on and really achieve some amazing things.
“So schemes like this are fantastic not just for the participatory aspect but also the fact that they actually provide a bit of a legacy as the Hitz programme has gone on and helped people secure jobs, summer internships, places at college, and that is where the real difference is made.”