Saracens - Academy Pathway



The Saracens’ region incorporates Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex where the DPP programme in each county provides the entry point into the Saracens Academy pathway. 

The aim of the Saracens DPP is "To provide a first opportunity to identify those players with greatest potential to enter the pathway towards the professional game and England"

Each county has a brilliant set of coaches who are as focussed on making continual improvement as the players. They will be supported by full time Saracens staff to make every session a great development opportunity. 

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. The Developing Player Programme is designed for the developing player. You will work on rugby, physical development and behaviours that we believe will help you grow as a player and person.

At Saracens, we believe talent is in behaviours. Players are not born great or talented. Attitude, understanding of their needs and the ability to organise themselves and others are core attributes. Those who work hard will grow. We will respect and value players for what they bring to every session. 




The EPDG is designed to help identify and facilitate the development of players aged 15-18, who have shown the behaviours and characteristics to become future Saracens players. 

Trainings are on Monday nights at Allianz Park:      U16’s start: 6.30pm      U18’s start: 7.15pm




Player and coach development are intrinsically linked and the Saracens Coach Development Officers, Andy Dawling & Gareth Hatherley-Hurford, will lead a coach development programme that supports the coaching, identification and development of the highest quality of players through the Saracens DPP. They will plan and lead a programme of coach development for existing and potential coaches working in the DPP and County PDGs (Player Development Groups).

The vision is to provide excellent coaching every time for every player in the Saracens Academy pathway.

For current Saracens Academy DPP Timetables, and relevant contact information, follow the links below:

To see the 2017/18 Saracens Masterclass Coach Education Schedule CLICK HERE.


For anyone interested in the Saracens Academy, please familiarise yourself with the Saracens Academy Safeguarding Policy which can be found HERE.