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Development Player Pathway Programme

Warriors launched their Development Player Pathway (DPP) in September 2013 as they look to find the next generation of first-team stars.

Warriors set-up four centres where talented youngsters will train under the guidance of the best coaches in the West Midlands.

From these centres, players can progress to the Elite Player Development Group, with the chance to join the AASE scheme, the Under 18s or the Best of the Best.

The DPP provides youngsters with the opportunity to achieve their dream in playing for Worcester Warriors.

DPP Centres

The centres are based at:

• Birmingham University

• Coventry Rugby Club

• Sixways

• Telford College

There are also plans to introduce a further two centres in seasons to come.

DPP Coaches

Each centre will have a Head Coach, Assistant Coach and a Support-Coaches Volunteer.


Head Coach - Barrie Corless

Assistant Coach - Zac Feanaiti


Head Coach - Pete Clacken

Assistant Coach - Huw Thomas

Support Coach - Ken Shirley


Head Coach - Ryan Watkins

Assistant Coach - Mike Hill

Telford College:

Head Coach - Dale Smallman

Assistant Coach - Paul Young

Training Blocks

Every season youngsters will complete four blocks of training, which last for six weeks each.

Block 1 - 16/09/13 - 21/10/13

Block 2 - 04/11/13 - 09/12/13

Block 3 - 06/01/14 - 10/02/14

Block 4 - 03/03/14 - 07/04/14

Director of Rugby Dean Ryan

"My challenge is to break the cycle of this club finishing 11th. So we need to understand what a successful club looks like and how we get there.

"It is a cultural change which will help us get to where we want to be. If we can generate over 60 or 70 per cent of the first-team squad from the DPP, we will be in a strong position.

"Unless we grasp it now, we won't have the product in five years time. So we have to get it right."

Academy Manager Mark Hewitt

"The DPP scheme is our first chance to identify the best young players in the area and offer them top-class coaching to aid their development.

"The best players will stay with us and progress through our system until they are ready to form part of our academy at the age of 18.

"Our aim is to find players who will one day be good enough to represent the first-team."

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