Dan Thomas lines up for the Cherry and Whites on Friday night, as they travel to The Stoop, and the young back rower is again enjoying the opportunity presented by the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s.
In addition to the day-to-day rugby development that the talented young players receive, the Gloucester Academy is working at developing every aspect of a young player's rugby career.
To ensure a continued high profile in the rugby community the Cherry and Whites set-up has created value based partnerships with all of its key stakeholders. One of these stakeholders is the education sector and the vital role it plays in young players overall development.
The Academy has created an educational programme from 16 to 21 with a mentoring structure to help players overcome conflicting interests on their time and energy.
Partnerships with all levels of education in the region have been established from leading universities through to vocational based college courses to ensure education provision for all levels of player.
Partnerships exist with the main schools and educational establishments in the region.