"Provide a high quality, individualised, player development experience, encouraging lifelong participation in the game and enabling those with talent to be clearly identified."
The Developing Player Programme (DPP) is a Pre-Academy programme which has been specifically designed be the Gloucester Rugby Academy staff to allow players from U13 to U15 the opportunity to receive added support with their rugby development through tactical games, technical breakouts, movement literacy and lifestyle support prior to selection for the Academy at U16-U18 levels.
The programme which is overseen and driven by Gloucester Rugby Academy staff is run over three development sites that are based in Cheltenham, Cirencester and Hartpury.
Each site is staffed with highly qualified and experienced coaching teams from a range of coaching backgrounds to enable the best support possible for the developing players.
Regular contact from these coaching teams, the Academy coaching staff and other support staff means that the Gloucester Rugby DPP is going from strength to strength as it strives to be the leading Developing Player Programme in the Country.
Each season clubs and schools are given 5 nominations per age group and asked to put forward players who they believe have either technical, tactical, mental or physical attributes that makes them stand out from their teammates.
There is usually some cross over between clubs and schools as many players will be nominated by their club and school, we would encourage both parties to communicate and check nominated players to allow more players the opportunity to be part of the Pre-Academy programme.
Nominating schools and clubs are encouraged to get involved in the programme either through coaching, CPD events or attending sessions to observe the players and coaches already involved in the Developing Player Programme to help share and spread the DPP themes.
At all three age groups the programme is inclusive to all players nominated. The player will stay within the programme from start to finish to give better support over the whole season as the player grows both mentally and physical alongside their rugby development.
For more information on the nomination process please see below.
Click on the links below to open a nomination form.
(Please nominate according to players age group in the 2016-17 season)