Friday, 2 May 2014

HITZ helping to make rugby more accessible

Over the past three weeks, participants from the Bath Rugby HITZ programme have been involved in a pilot scheme receiving disability awareness training. They have also learnt how technology and design can enable independent living. They were even involved in helping guide a visually impaired person around Bath city centre

The BBC’s Andrew Sheridan was part of the training programme, producing a commentary masterclass for the HITZ teenagers. Commentating was a hot topic of conversation when the HITZ group and young people from Action for Blind met to get to know each other and talk about how best to lead, guide and describe the game as well as travel plans to get to The Rec.

“We hope that this project will be the pilot project for many more to come and that the young people from Action for Blind really enjoy their first rugby game,” said Helen Clayton, BreakThru Delivery Manager.

“The young people from Bath Rugby HITZ have learnt a lot about communication and literacy in a very practical way and are looking forward to what should be an amazing game on Friday.”

This project is being funded by Action for Blind, Big Lottery, Norton Rose and Wooden Spoon. HITZ participants at Saracens and Harlequins will also be taking part in the training in July then taking their first trip to Twickenham to watch the World Club 7s on 16 and 17 August.

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HITZ helping to make rugby more accessible

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