Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson and members of Sale Sharks Hitz programme took an exclusive tour of the Land Rover production line, enjoyed a driving experience and discussed the Hitz project with employees.
The award-winning Hitz programme aims to tackle social frustrations and problems facing young people today, using the values of rugby to break down the hurdles they face.
Speaking at the Hitz event in Halewood, Jason Robinson said, “The Hitz programme is close to my heart. I have been through the challenges these youngsters face, so Hitz can help them to get the support they need, when they need it.”
This was one of five events of this kind spread across different Jaguar Land Rover locations. Martin Johnson attended the Solihull factory for an exclusive tour of the Land Rover production line with members of the Leicester Tigers Hitz programme.
In Halewood, Ex-England Captain Johnson commented, “Land Rover’s partnership with Hitz will make a significant impact on more communities and more vulnerable young people, making a positive contribution to society.
“The Hitz team and I have had a great day, meeting employees who have so much pride in making these vehicles and learning more about their environmental and community achievements.”
The opportunities events like this offer youngsters involved in the Hitz initiative are invaluable but also serve to highlight to Jaguar Land Rover’s employees what the company is doing outside of their immediate business.
Oliver Veasey, a member of the Leicester Tigers Hitz programme commented, “Getting the chance to visit the Land Rover site was a real eye opener; I had no idea it was such a huge operation and there were so many career opportunities. The driving experience was great fun and the vehicles are really impressive. I am getting a lot out of the Hitz programme and days like this are amazing.”
More about Hitz
The HITZ programme tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today – unemployment, crime and disillusionment. Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young people’s resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It gives them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. HITZ gives those with no hope new hope.