Premiership Rugby's HITZ programme is heading to Twickenham on May 30 and one of the programme's HITZ ambassadors from Leicester Tigers is already counting down the days.Ryan Cummings graduated from the award-winning programme last summer and credits it with turning his life around after he lost an apprenticeship with a carpentry firm. He will be joined at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final by HITZ students old and new as the programme invites its ambassadors to share the biggest day of the season. After being named as one of Leicester Tigers’ HITZ ambassadors, Ryan feels privileged to be involved in Aviva Premiership Rugby's showpiece event. "On the day of the Final we're going to be learning more about what our responsibilities are as ambassadors, which is great because I feel really proud to have been asked to take on the role,” he said. "It's great to have the chance to give something back to the programme that has helped turn my life around. "Going to the Final is another unbelievable opportunity being part of HITZ has given me that I would never have had otherwise.” HITZ uses rugby to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing young people such as unemployment, crime and disillusionment. On the day of the final, HITZ Ambassadors will receive extra training to help them understand the importance of their role in promoting the programme to other young people. There will be a team photo on the pitch and talks from motivational speakers including adventurer and Land Rover ambassador Ed Stafford, who holds the Guinness world record for being the first person ever to walk the length of the Amazon River. HITZ project manager Helen Clayton believes it is important for the ambassadors to have a chance to see that they can achieve anything they set their mind to. "I think it's brilliant for these young people to hear from people like Ed who are driven and understand the importance of hard work,” explains Clayton. "Ed has spent 60 days by himself on a desert island so he knows how to deal with that feeling of being alone without panicking and thinking 'I've got no idea what I'm doing'. "That's what HITZ is all about – teaching young people to trust in their own abilities and work hard to get the best out of their lives.” Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young people's resilience, self-reliance and confidence. It gives them the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. Visit hitzrugby.com to find out more. If you want to be at the world's biggest club rugby final, this year's Aviva Premiership Rugby Final, tickets are still available from www.tickethour.co.uk/premierrugby. Junior tickets start at £12.50.
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