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HITZ youngsters tread Twickenham turf

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One of the Saints' HITZ representatives was Scott Hynes, who enjoyed his day at rugby HQ.

"This is a dream come true," the 18-year-old said. "I never thought I would get to go to Twickenham and standing on the pitch made it better. Thank you HITZ for giving me the opportunity to do things I would never do."

Another 18-year-old, Sharn Rowlands, also joined the group.

"Saints HITZ have help me a lot with different things in my life," Sharn commented. "To Twickenham is amazing and to watch the Saints play was even better. Thanks HITZ."

Premiership Rugby's flagship and award-winning social-inclusion programme HITZ is delivered by Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs and funded by national partners Comic Relief and Wooden Spoon.

The programme works to initiate behaviour change and foster confidence in disenfranchised young people aged 11 to 19 from challenging backgrounds; encouraging them to remain in or re-enter education, undertake apprenticeships or vocational training and enter paid employment.

Based in the heart of the toughest inner city areas, the initiative introduces young people to rugby, working to build confidence and respect, whilst inspiring players of the future. It also identifies opportunities for apprenticeships, training and education programmes for young people.

The programme has been run in the London Boroughs by Harlequins, London Irish and Saracens, and has now launched at Bath Rugby, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons.

The Saints' HITZ Officer, Matt Goode, talked about the difference the programme makes to the young people who take part.

"As you can see from the gratitude and the behaviour of the students you'll see that we do make a difference to these young adults life's," he added.

"it is a long process worth wile and today at Twickenham is a highlight of what we do well.

"I would like to thank Premiership rugby and all the sponsors for giving these young adults the opportunity of a lifetime."