Dorset & Wilts Rugby

Development Player Programme

The Developing Player Programme (DPP) is the RFU initiative that in the 2013/14 season succeeded the Schools of Rugby (SoR) programme that was instigated six years previously.

How does the programme work?

The Organisation of the DPP passed this season from CB’s to local premiership/championship Rugby Clubs. Ours is run by Bath Rugby. Regretfully we do not have information to publicise

All correspondence should be to Bath Rugby on and not the CB

What can parents expect of the DPP?

  • Individual interest in and attention to each player
  • Excellent communication
  • Involvement of parents in the planning process
  • High performance coaching
  • Fitness and strength testing and training programmes under the direction and supervision of qualified personnel
  • Performance analysis and a supervised development programme
  • Dietary advice / support
  • Outstanding medical support at DPP sessions

What do we expect from parents?

  • Keeping winning in perspective
  • Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
  • Encouraging fair play
  • Helping boys to make their own decisions and communicate for themselves
  • Setting realistic targets
  • Providing transport
  • Being supportive and encouraging after bad performances

What do we expect from boys?

  • Work towards the attainment of full potential in Rugby Union
  • Work effectively at school
  • Occupy time in a manner expected by the Academy
  • Comply with the training requirements of the Academy and respond in a positive manner to constructive criticism
  • Maintain personal habits of health conducive to sporting excellence
  • Abide by the spirit as well as the letter of the laws of rugby
  • Accept victory and defeat with dignity and grace
  • Behave and dress in a dignified manner
  • Neither use nor possess prohibited drugs nor participate in any other practice prohibited by the Academy

Medical Matters

Physiotherapy will be available at all DPP sessions and ongoing support will be available for any player injured during the DPP programme. Other than this, although advice will still be available through the academy staff, treatment for rugby injuries will need to be provided locally in the normal manner.

Development Contacts

D&W DPP Manager Martin Axon 07851 427560
D&W DPP Head Coach StJohn Coley
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Click here for a calendar showing all up and coming Development Player events