In line with the key principles of player centred, development driven and competition supported it is worthwhile remembering the DPP is not a competitive playing programme and therefore the appropriate competitive opportunity is within the County playing programmes at Under 15 and 16.
Festivals at Under 14 and 15 are encouraged to help assessment, both peer to peer and against stated criteria or learning points. The festivals are not competitive fixtures, 15 a side games or selection based. There will be no festivals for Under 13 or Under 16 age groups.
In line with the changes to Age Grade Rugby the following is a definition of a Festival:
“A Festival is a competitive round-robin playing opportunity where equal team and player participation is the emphasis. Scores may be recorded but winning does not affect your ongoing participation as every team plays the same appropriate number of matches”.
The DPP Festivals is:
- Inclusive of all players within the DPP age-group
- Abbreviated to 12-a-side to allow players more involvements in the game
- Barbarian to encourage players to play with peers from different centres
DPP Festivals are held in January of the Under 15 season and in April of the Under 14 season.