Academy FAQs

Q. How do I enter the Academy?

A. Players can enter the Academy pathway through the Developing Player Programme (DPP). The first point of contact is usually through our regional sessions. The DPP programme runs from U14 to U16 and is a broad-based programme. A rugby teacher, club coach and peers can nominate players via the DPP Nomination Form. There is an open door policy and players can be referred into the programme throughout their development. There are many entry points throughout the pathway. 

Players can also be invited onto the programme through observation of school/club matches.

Q. Is the Developing Player Programme (DPP) the same as the County programme?

A. No. The County programme is a separate programme to the DPP. The DPP is an individual development programme where as the County programme is a representative programme within a team environment.

Q. Is my son an Academy player if he attends DPP sessions?

A. The DPP plays a big part within the pathway however, we reserve the terminology of Academy to players that are contracted with Exeter Chiefs. 

Q. Do Exeter Chiefs stop players playing for their junior clubs?

A. No. We heavily promote players to play for their clubs throughout their development including those that represent Exeter Chiefs Academy age groups.

Q. What is the selection criteria?

A. 

  • C - Contact Skills
  • H - Highlights
  • I - Intelligence (rugby intelligence / game understanding)
  • E - Effort (both on the rugby pitch and in academics)
  • F - Fight
  • S - Shape

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