Welcome to Engage. We are an advanced not-for-profit community project, motivated to work with students who are struggling in mainstream education.

The Engage programme works with students aged between 9 and 16 to increase confidence and boost self-esteem.

The programme has been running since 2015 which has involved working with a number of students with complex needs.

Engage uses practical and classroom-based activities to empower students to see the positives in everyday life.

Engage works with the referrer to develop a progression pathway which is specific for each individual student to ensure we are meeting the full needs of the students. 

All of our staff are fully trained and experienced in working with students with educational attainment issues and behavioural problems.

Programme aims:

  • Work together to enable all our pupils to reach their highest levels of personal achievement and take pride in themselves.
  • Provide quality support for all pupils.
  • Provide opportunity for re-engaging in learning and re-integration into mainstream education.
  • Meet pupils' individual needs and to give them the skills to improve their life chances.


Since the summer of 2012 the Saints Study Centre has been funded and run by the club.

Now a dedicated department at Franklin's Gardens, the Study Centre will continue to raise standards in ICT, literacy and numeracy amongst school children in the area.

The exciting environment of Franklin's Gardens is used to help boost the self-esteem and confidence of the youngsters, who enjoy stadium tours and coaching as part of the scheme.

Two full-time staff - Pete Austen and Jeanette Campkin - run the centre's activities, with help from a number of volunteers and mentors from local schools and colleges.

At the centre, children explore and experience the latest PC and Apple technology in a flexible and independent way using wireless connectivity, broadband technology and 'RM Community Connect' software.

Children can access high-quality learning resources within the centre, at home and in the school environment. Learning opportunities extend beyond the walls of the Study Centre at Franklin's Gardens with children using notebooks, tablet PCs and digital technology on a remote network in the stadium.


HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme which works with over 2,000 young people across England every year.

Designed to help 16 to 24-year-olds not in education, Employment or Training, the HITZ programme helps young people to tackle challenges that can lead them astray.

HITZ uses rugby as a platform to support the development of social, employability and vocational skills to help vulnerable individuals.

Using rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to get young people not in education, training or employment back into education, training, apprenticeships and/or employment, HITZ is delivered nationally by England’s 12 professional rugby clubs and funded by partners Comic Relief, Land Rover, CSL and Wooden Spoon.

The course provides the building blocks for people to help them take control of their future, offering the opportunity to gain relevant sporting qualifications, alongside employability and money management skills.

Participants in the HITZ programme regularly report an increase in resilience, self-confidence and aspiration as a result of their involvement, and over 70% go on to achieve a positive progression into further education, training or employment. 

How the course works?

With the help of our enthusiastic staff, we hope that the young people that attend will be able to leave with a new-found confidence and readiness to succeed in education or employment.

The BTEC-based education programme is delivered by our education providers, SCL, an approved BTEC centre. Northampton Saints will deliver the HITZ Learning Academy in partnership with SCL.

Can Saints help you?

To get involved, arrange a visit to the stadium/classroom or to discuss referrals for young people contact our Hitz Team.