Jared wins award after mak­ing great strides thanks to HITZ scheme

Gloucestershire Echo - - GLOUCESTER RUGBY -

» GLOUCES­TER Rugby’s Jared Spence won the BREAKTHRU Achiever of the Year Award sup­ported by SCL - at the 2019 Premier­ship Rugby Par­lia­men­tary Com­mu­nity Awards.

After drop­ping out of school in year 10 and sub­se­quently strug­gling to leave his house, Jared turned his life around through Premier­ship Rugby’s HITZ pro­gramme.

HITZ is Premier­ship Rugby’s award­win­ning ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­a­bil­ity pro­gramme de­liv­ered na­tion­ally by Eng­land’s 13 pro­fes­sional rugby clubs which works with over 2,000 14 to 18-year-olds ev­ery year and gets them back into ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, ap­pren­tice­ships and/or em­ploy­ment.

Thanks to the pro­gramme, Jared was able to com­plete his qual­i­fi­ca­tions as well as build his con­fi­dence and re­cover from his darker times.

He said: “It means a lot to have won the award. I’ve come from quite a dif­fi­cult time and I feel this is one of the big­gest points in my life.

“The pro­gramme has changed me quite a lot. I’ve come from not be­ing able to go out to do­ing a lot of things I wouldn’t nor­mally do.

“If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be here win­ning this award I wouldn’t have be­lieved any­thing like this could happen.

“My fam­ily and friends have def­i­nitely no­ticed a dif­fer­ence in me. I would just sit at home do­ing the bare min­i­mum.

“I feel a lot more con­fi­dent now than a year or two ago.”

Jared took home the prize hav­ing also gained his gym in­struc­tor level two qual­i­fi­ca­tion through the pro­gramme as he works to­wards his dream of be­com­ing a per­sonal in­struc­tor.

“I’ve just got my level two gym in­struc­tor qual­i­fi­ca­tion, now I’m aim­ing for level three and I want to be a per­sonal trainer, it’s go­ing to be hard but I’ll get there,” Jared added.

“I like help­ing peo­ple. I feel like if I can get somebody out of a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to what I was in then that’s the most im­por­tant thing.

“Mov­ing for­ward, the pro­gramme opens up a lot of op­por­tu­nity for jobs. I’d rec­om­mend any pro­gramme like this as the ben­e­fits to me were big so I feel that any­one who takes the op­por­tu­nity will not re­gret it.”

SCL di­vi­sional em­ploy­a­bil­ity lead Ian Cooper praised Jared’s abil­ity to bounce park from a dif­fi­cult past and em­pha­sised the role sport can play in chang­ing so­ci­ety.

Ian Cooper from SCL presents Jared Spence with his award along­side Glouces­ter Rugby’s Alex Seville

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