The Saracens Academy has a strong and proud tradition of producing homegrown players ensuring the ideal transition from Academy to Premiership and International honours.
Saracens is a club with a proud history, the academy aims to instil the four values of the club at all levels. Honesty, Discipline, Work rate and Humility.
Saracens are one of the leading premiership clubs to have 30+ academy graduates in the senior squad. Which is a staggering total of 42.9% of home ground players still within the senior squad and each season this number is increasing. The likes of Alex Goode, Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Jackson Wray, George Kruis, Maro Itoje and Mako Vuniopla are all examples of this.
These players will be followed by the next generation of young Saracens that are currently working their way through the Saracens Academy pathway that is leading the way when it comes to player development. To see the current Senior Saracens Academy Squad CLICK HERE.
The Saracens Academy staff recognise that talent development is a complex and multi-dimensional concept. Therefore, our player identification aims to look at each individual and assess them amongst peers, with an understanding that development rates differ. This means our trials, training and support will be shaped by the person.
We believe that players need to develop into well rounded people. The academy aims to support a player through their rugby, personal and education career – those who succeed in their schooling progress with their rugby.
DPP - EPDG
Across our area, Hertfordshire, Essex and Kent there are many schools and clubs. Within this area we have good relationships with partner schools and clubs and have an open and honest relationship regarding the development of players. If a player portrays Saracens characteristics and traits they are invited to train at the DPP - EPDG level.
Players come through the Developing Players Programme (DPP) and the Elite Player Development Group programme (EDPG). The DPP is for players aged 13-16, who training, whilst the EDPG programme is for players aged 15-18 and is selected by Academy staff. Through all programmes from U13 DPP to Senior Academy Players, the underlying philosophy is based on the four core values of the club: Honesty, Work Rate, Discipline and Humility.
Many of the players have come through Academy partner Schools programme at Harrow, Felsted, New Hall, Berkhamsted, Sutton Valence, Eltham College, Haileybury, Oaklands College, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Mill Hill.
Read more about the DPP & EPDB on the Academy Pathway page.
To see the current Academy fixture list CLICK HERE.
Once contracted, Senior Academy players are within the Saracens professional environment and learn how to be a full-time professional athlete. They are expected to participate in higher education, learn a trade or undertake formal work experience in order to help them best prepare for their life after rugby. Saracens have excellent relationships with a number of universities that are able to provide a wide range of courses and the flexibility required for players to study alongside their rugby training commitments. Additionally, the club uses its extensive network of business contacts to be able to provide a wide choice of work placements for players that choose this option.
Not only are senior players encouraged to prepare for life after rugby by developing life skills. They are also given the opportunity to be dual registered with a championship or national league club. We believe this will maximise the development of the senior academy players. This also supplements the opportunities these players get to play for the Saracens Storm team in the Premiership Shield and Premiership Cup competitions.
Talent Development philosophy
At Saracens, we believe talent is in behaviours. Players are not born great or talented. Attitude, understanding of their own needs and the ability to organise themselves and others are core attributes. Those who work hard will grow. We will respect and value you for what you bring, not what you don’t.
As a club we are aware that parents play a vital role in the growth and development of their children. Therefore, we believe that parents should be provided with support and guidance, by taking them on a development journey to enhance their knowledge of development.
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