Junior Academy (U17/U18)

The Junior Academy is for graduates of the SDG and other identified players of potential. Sessions are split between both Academy training sites (Carrington & Myerscough) during the season. The key focus is on core, positional and situational game skills, complemented by additional physical literacy, nutritional advice, mental preparatory skills and team preparation for a small number of competitive friendlies and the Under 18 Premiership League.

Programme Lead: Warren Spragg (warren.spragg@salesharks.com)

Contact Time: Training for the Under 18s squad begins with pre-season preparation in June and finishes with the RFU regional Academies festival at the end of August. We have toured Exeter & Ireland in early August over the past 2 seasons and we hope to continue this in future years. Training resumes in October to prepare for the Under 18s competition and continues until February/March and the culmination of the Academy playing competition.

The Under 17 transition programme runs from February to April and is for identified players graduating from the SDG or nominated by school and club coaches to join the junior academy programme. This involves internal competitive fixtures as well as against other Academies in order to confirm the Under 18 squad for the preseason programme.