Changing lives with the help of the HITZ programme

Here at Sale Sharks, we’re passionate about our community and want to help the lives of unemployed young people between 16 to 19 in the surrounding areas so they have the future they want as they leave their teens. We’re a one team, one community club and want to ensure that everyone has all the help they need – there are no limits to what you can achieve with #YourSharks.

We use sport and education to help people in sessions which focus on employability and issues such as drug and alcohol awareness, so they have all the skills to turn their live around and continue to action all the skills they’ve learnt throughout the programme.

Find yourself in new waters and attack your future with the HITZ programme from the Sharks community. We can’t wait to help you achieve your full potential.  

For more information or to get involved, contact: des.howlett@salesharks.com

Case Study – Mark  (HITZ Learner)

Mark was born in Dublin but moved to England after leaving school with no GCSEs.  He was made homeless after a family row which led him to turn to alcohol and drugs to try to cope.

One of Mark’s friends tried to help him, by taking him in and suggesting he join the HITZ programme.

At the start of the programme, Mark suffered from major confidence issues and a lack of motivation, but his HITZ tutor helped tailor his course to provide the personal support he required.

Prior to HITZ, Mark had no interest in physical activity but after starting the programme, he realised how much he liked sport and how much better he felt after taking part.  This motivated him to want to study a course in this area and he has now progressed on to a full time Level 3 course in gym instruction with YMCA.

Inspired by his own experiences on the streets, Mark also decided he wanted to put something back into the community and started volunteering at a homeless shelter.

“HITZ has changed my life, there is no doubt about it. I left school with no hope and no ideas for the future. Now I’m working towards becoming a qualified personal trainer, so I can help motivate others who want to change their lives.”