[Archive] U16 Girls’ Developing Player Programme – 2022-23

[Archive] U16 Girls’ Developing Player Programme – 2022-23

Here is information from the 2022-23 U16 Girls’ DPP page

From the 2022/23 season the NLD are running a Developing Player Programme (DPP) for U16 girls.

The DPP is being delivered in association with the RFU, and is a part of the England Rugby Development Framework.  The Programme is open to girls in the U16 dual age band and is committed to providing a high quality, player development experience, which encourages lifelong participation in the game and enables those with the greatest potential to be clearly identified.

What is the DPP?

The NLD Girls U16 Developing Player Programme is part of the England Rugby Girls U16 Developing Player Programme (ERDPP). The Player Programme has been put in place by England Rugby to provide a coherent, challenging and nurturing journey for individual players and will be delivered alongside, and in collaboration with, the club, school and college game and Centres of Excellence.

When does the programme run and what does it entail?

The programme consists of a player-centred, development-driven training programme, run by an experienced lead coach with a support team, including assistant coaches and a strength and conditioning coach, supported by a competitive playing offer later in the season. It takes place over up to 40 hours up until 31st March 2023 and will be delivered primarily on weekday evenings.

What is expected of players in the programme?

The programme focuses on understanding and recognising potential and is delivered through skill development and acquisition, game understanding and the physical components that help a player unlock their potential.  Every journey is unique as no two players are the same.  The experiences and input required for each person varies and they help to develop their own development plans through self-reflection as well as coaching input.

How were participants selected?

An invitation to nominate players for the Programme was sent to Girls’ Rugby contacts at NLD clubs and schools in August 2022.  The invitation included details of the process for nomination, a spreadsheet to make nominations and details of the next NLD Girls Forum Zoom meeting where the process was discussed and an opportunity to ask questions was provided.

It was explained that nomination does not guarantee entry to the full programme, the nominated girls were invited to attend assessment days, some were not be successful and some girls would leave or enter the programme as it progresses.

November 2022 Update

This update on the launch of the programme was provided in November 2022.

2022/23 U16 Girls DPP Squad

NLD U16 Girls DPP Squad 2022/23 at Thorney RFC
2022/23 NLD U16 Girls DPP Squad

Intra-Squad Matches - 29 January 2023

Sunday 29 Jan was a great day of girls rugby as the NLD U16s DPP squad enjoyed their first competitive playing opportunity, an inter-squad round robin of matches involving 45+ girls from clubs across our three counties.

Spectators were very impressed by the standard of play on display – speedy offloads, strong tackles, effective carries and plenty of tries to applaud. The skill and creativity on display was testament to the development-focused approach of our coaching team and the talent, hard work and commitment of the girls themselves.

Many thanks to Keyworth RFC for excellent hosting and to our referee, Annette Zhao, and physio, Holly Calver.

We look forward to building on the impressive play and atmosphere on show Sunday in the continuing successful implementation of our Development Player Programme for U16 girls over the next three months.

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