The Saracens Academy has a strong and proud tradition of producing homegrown players. Currently 51% of the Senior Squad fall in to this category, having progressed through the Academy to sign a senior contract.
The Saracens Academy exists to find, develop and retain players and staff that will contribute to a successful Saracens team (both domestically and in Europe) for the foreseeable future. These people will protect and grow the Saracens culture and values.
Saracens is one of 14 RFU licensed Academies and covers Hertfordshire and areas of Essex and Kent.
“To make the Saracens Academy a world class development programme for players and staff. Providing individuals, the opportunity to grow and flourish, both personally and professionally, in a supportive and caring environment.”
Developing Player Programme (DPP)
Each county has an enthusiastic set of coaches who are as focussed on making continual improvement. They will be supported by full time Saracens staff to make every session a great development opportunity for players and coaches alike.
Our player identification aims to look at each individual and assess them amongst peers, with an understanding that development rates differ. This means our assessment days, 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 your own needs and the ability to organise yourselves and others are core attributes. Those who work hard will grow. We will respect and value you for what you bring to every session.
Each season a complimentary CPD programme will enable existing and potential coaches working in the Saracens pathway programmes, the chance to develop and continue to provide a high-quality environment for the players.
How to get involved?
Minimum requirements: for a coach on the DPP or County PDG:
- RFU Level 2 coaching award
- Valid RFU DBS certificate
- RFU Play it Safe workshop
- Headcase certificate
Coach Development Contacts
Andy Dawling (Saracens ACDO): Andydawling@saracens.net
Lewis Sones (Assistant ACDO): firstname.lastname@example.org
County Player Development Group (County PDG)
The County PDG aims to provide further development opportunities for players aged 14-16 that show more potential to progress through the Saracens Academy Pathway. Players are exposed to more contact time which provides a focus on physical development as well as technical and tactical skill development.
The Saracens Player Development Group (SPDG)
The SPDG players will receive:
- Weekly coaching from full-time Saracens coaches
- Opportunity to attend a Performance Centre (weekly)
- Access to the Academy physiotherapist
- Performance seminars / information
All senior academy players are expected to undertake some form of career development alongside their rugby in order to best prepare them for the transition into a second career and life after rugby. This can be anything from an undergraduate degree, a trade course or a formal work placement.
Saracens have excellent relationships with a number of universities that are able to provide a wide range of courses and the flexibility required to study alongside being a professional rugby player. Additionally, the club uses its extensive network of business contacts to provide a wide choice of work placement options to suit most players.
Senior academy players can be dual registered with a Championship and national league club. This provides players with the opportunity to get the game time they need to maximise their development. This supplements the opportunities these players get to play for the Saracens Storm (2nd XV) in the Premiership Shield competition.