The Sharks Player Development Group (SDG) is for identified young players aged 14yrs – 16yrs.

The majority of SDG players are selected through the DPP, along with identified players of potential throughout the season. The SDG players train at both club sites during the playing season on a Monday evening, following a curriculum that addresses the holistic development of physical, technical, psychological, educational and life skills.

Additional players are also invited into the programme throughout the season whom stand out in DPP, School or Club games. The Under 15 season culminates in the Regional Academies Festival in May and the Under 16s in the National Academies Wellington Festival in Easter of the Under 16 season.