The North West DPP are pleased to open for nominations for the Under 14 age grade in the 2021-22 rugby season.

The DPP is designed “to provide a first opportunity to identify those players with greatest potential to enter the pathway towards the professional game” and works in conjunction with England Rugby and Cheshire and Lancashire Counties. The programme is the first stage on the player pathway and is planned to interact with and complement the existing school, club and county playing programmes and provide further development without the conflict of competition.

We would like to invite you to nominate Under 14 players you believe may be of an appropriate standard for the DPP through the nomination link below and would welcome nominations of either stand out rugby union players or talented athletes from other sports with the ability to excel in the game. 

Under 14

This age grade will be the entry into the programme and will include a longitudinal assessment period to support players return to rugby following the recent period of non-activity. School & Club Coaches are invited to nominate up to 5 players whom they believe have the potential to join the programme. All players nominated will be contacted by ourselves to attend 2/3 assessments sessions between November-January before selection for the season. The programme will then run from February-May and will conclude with a playing opportunity in the format of a 12-a-side festival held at our training ground in May.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 8th October. 

DPP Nomination Form

Thank you in advance for your support of the DPP and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Noel Speed | Junior Academy Manager.

Mobile: +44(0) 7890124155.