Jared, (HITZ Graduate), has used his passion to drive himself onto something that can help everyone –with the help of the Gloucester Rugby HITZ traineeship; he has started his path to become a personal trainer.

HITZ is an award-winning 15-week traineeship that provides unique learning, enrichment and work experience opportunities for 16-24 year olds if you are not currently in education, work or training. HITZ is sponsored by Land Rover Rugby, Comic Relief and Wooden Spoon. HITZ develops interview skills, social and life skills all in one programme.

Alongside gaining Maths, English and a variety of industry specific qualifications, one part of the HITZ programme involves use of the gym, where students can develop themselves further, by using the excellent facilities at DW Fitness First, in Gloucester. During this time on the course, Jared impressed many of the employees there, thanks to his hard work and ambition, took the skills and confidence from this course, and transformed it into employment.

“I got into going to the gym to help out with my own problems and I thought as a PT I might be able to help other people out with their problems. HITZ helped me start that journey by getting me the level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification and first aid.

“HITZ put me in a better place, it gave me ambition and made me see how I can achieve and succeed. If it wasn’t for HITZ I wouldn’t have a job, they gave me the skills and the confidence to not panic. Low confidence has been a massive problem all my life but now, I’m talking to hundreds of people a day at work. HITZ got me out of that low confidence trap where a-lot of other places (like school and training providers) couldn’t.

“Getting a job a DW is huge for me because not only am I earning money, I can learn from all the personal trainers here and put what I learnt at HITZ into practice.”

Jared – Front of House Assistant (former HITZ Student)

We asked Jared’s team leader why he thought DW supports the HITZ programme and what changes he had seen in Jared.

“I think being able to support Gloucester Rugby as the biggest sporting club in the area is really beneficial, especially with all of the community work they do. By offering the HITZ students use of the gym, we can see the amazing change in each and every one of them.

“You know, in week 1, they come in, they don’t have any social skills or any ‘oomph’ about them, and by the end of the 15 weeks, they all say hello, they seem keen and happier and more like a team. They join in with the classes here you know and it looks like a lot of these guys who have the rough starts in life start to conduct themselves back into the community.

“We offered Jared the job here as front of house staff because we saw the potential in him and how he grew doing his work placement. We can see his ambition and DW Fitness First wants to help with that.”

Errol – Front of House Manager

“Here at DWFF we are proud to be a part of the local community and helping to support the Gloucester HITZ programme. We hope that Jared can continue his journey now with DWFF and follow his dreams of becoming a Personal Trainer with the club.”

Matt – General Manager

Current HITZ student Sam Bond is the author this story. For more information about HITZ, contact Matt Russell at MattRussell@gloucesterrugby.co.uk or call/text him at 07590 640622