The DPP is a joint initiative between Sale Sharks, the England Rugby and Cheshire & Lancashire RFU. The purpose of the DPP is to provide an early experience of talent nomination, identification and a development programme with a focus on skill development and acquisition, game understanding and the physical components that help a player unlock their potential.
The programme engages players aged 13-16 years old and runs from 7 centres across the North West into a schedule of delivery that complements school, club and county playing programmes. Schools and clubs are invited to nominate standout rugby union players, as well as talented athletes from other sports with the potential to excel in the game. The programme invites nominations for players demonstrating attributes around our Sharks DNA (Creative Attacker, Defensive Warrior, Relentless Athlete and Best Teammate).
Nominated players are then invited to an assessment session at the start of the delivery window at their respective centre. Players selected to be part of the DPP process follow a curriculum designed by the academy to develop the future player and focus on the development of core skill, decision making and athleticism, delivered through the principles of play. The focus of the DPP is around individual player development, with playing opportunities through festivals at Under 14 and 15 and competitive fixtures at Under 16. The contact time per age grade is between 20-30+ hours.
Information regarding sessions, dates and times will be emailed directly to players/parents as well as published in the news section below of the Sale Sharks website. This also includes information regarding the nomination, assessment and delivery programme.
Our DPP Centre addresses are:
East: Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, SK8 6E
West: Chester Rugby Club, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester, CH3 7DB
Central: Reaseheath College, Reaseheath, Nantwich, CW5 6DF
Manchester: Platt Lane Sports Complex, Yew Tree Road, Manchester, M14 7UU
Merseyside: Ruskin Sports Village, Ruskin Drive, St Helens, WA10 6RP
North Lancashire: Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston, PR4 0AP
Isle of Man: The Bowl, Pulrose Road, Douglas, Isle of Man
Sale Sharks: Sale Sharks Training Centre, 31 Carrington Lane, Carrington, M31 4AB
If you have any queries please contact:
Programme Lead: Noel Speed (email@example.com)
Coach Development Officer: Jack Leech (firstname.lastname@example.org)