DPP Programme



The Developing Player Program (DPP) is an individual skill development program that is in addition to club & school training programs. The DPP aims to help aid in the development of players through on pitch skill development as well as off pitch education on key aspects of their game, nutrition, strength & conditioning and game understanding.

Our DPP engages players aged 13 – 16 years old from across Devon and Cornwall. Players work in regional squads for majority of the year with opportunity to train in central squads with full time Exeter Chiefs Academy coaches available in a fluid and development led cycle.

The principle objective of DPP is to provide a consistent and high quality experience, which is tailored to the needs of individual players to encourage their lifelong participation in rugby. It will identify those with talent and help them find the right direction to follow, whether that is into professional rugby or long term participation at a level appropriate to them.

The DPP is a key part of the Exeter Chiefs Academy Pathway. With an aim to keep the program as wide based in numbers as possible, this provides as many players with the opportunity to develop at different stages and environments. Being selected or not at 13 or 14 years of age, does not give an indication of where you will end up as a rugby player. The program and pathway allows for late developers and late discoveries as we work hard to create opportunities for players at the right stage of their development.

Academy coaches work closely with regional DPP coaches, County coaches, club coaches and school programs to watch as many games and sessions around the counties as they can, which helps build a picture of players development needs as well as helping with Pathway progression.

Over the years the ideals and key aspects to the program have not changed from its days of ‘Schools of Rugby’ to its more modern Academy led DPP. The success of the program is clear to see with huge numbers of players now playing the game at local clubs such as Exmouth, Redruth, Newquay, Plymouth Albion and Cornish Pirates as well as many others. To further highlight the programs strength then look no further than our senior Exeter Chiefs squad where many have progressed from DPP to Academy recognition and beyond including Joe Simmonds, Sam Simmonds, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dave Ewers, Sam Hill, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Ben Moon. 

U14 / U15 / U16 DPP TRAINING

All DPP Training will take place at the Exwick Hub. 

Exwick Hub EX4 2BQ

Parking EX4 1EQ

Please see below for Hub footwear policy.

  • U14 Group 1 and U15 Group 1 - 6.00-7.30pm
  • U15 Group 2 and U16s - 7.30-9.00pm

Training Dates

  • Monday 1st October (not U16s)
  • Monday 8th October 
  • Monday 5th November
  • Monday 12th November
  • Monday 3rd December
  • Monday 10th December

If you are unable to attend a training session, please email Zoe Willmott

U14 Group 1

  • Brandon Allen
  • Tom Berryman
  • Luke Chester
  • Charlie Curry
  • Kyle Duffy
  • Sion Grand
  • Josh Hughes
  • Mikey Kelly
  • George Royale
  • Will Saltmarsh
  • Niall Shirley
  • Matt Smale
  • Fin Snelling
  • Matt Spry
  • Rhys Stephens
  • Max Traylor
  • Jeremy Tuima
  • Bobby Wigginton
  • Ollie Williams
  • Mikey Wiltshire

U15 Group 1

  • Jared Allen
  • Jude Baker-Hands
  • Luca Barbot
  • Harry Bennett
  • Charles Bowden
  • Ben Brady
  • Lewis Crocker
  • Charlie Doolan
  • Mitch Fisher
  • Jacob Glasspool
  • Haydn Gosling
  • Charlie Groves
  • Thomas Gulley
  • Ollie Hall
  • Finley Olten Hawkins
  • Ben Heal
  • Joe Hill
  • Ryan Hill
  • Alexander Hookway
  • Matthew Lewis
  • Adam Lilley
  • Oliver Nicks
  • Charlie Parr
  • Charlie Passmore
  • Samuel Picillo
  • Woody Powderley Turner
  • Callum Rogers
  • Jack Steer
  • Daniel Strong
  • Sam Thomas
  • George Vertessy
  • Noah Western

U15 Group 2

  • Hazem Badran
  • Reuben Bennett
  • Jack Connor
  • Jamie Crang
  • Marsden Criddle
  • Carter Davies
  • Corey Dowdon
  • Ethan Drew
  • Oliver Dunn
  • Reuben Faulkner
  • Beck Finnemore
  • Lenny Flynn
  • Freddie Fuller
  • Dan Garside
  • Jacob Gaskin
  • Charlie Grant
  • Ned Kingdon
  • Bailey Oram
  • Oliver Parker
  • Spencer Phipps
  • Oliver Priest
  • Owen Provins
  • Jenson Slade
  • Edward Spurway
  • Jacob Stevenson
  • Louis Stilwell
  • Callum Tose
  • Liam Watts
  • Jack Winzer


  • Sonny Baker
  • Harrison Bates
  • Liam Bayley
  • Benjamin Bingham
  • Henry Blake
  • Thomas Chapman
  • Callum Chapple
  • Liam Cleaver
  • George Copley
  • William Cornish
  • Jesse Curran
  • Richie Drewett
  • Leo Dummet
  • Arthur Eckersley Hope
  • Joshua Gillard
  • Antonio Gonzalez
  • James Hocking
  • Charlie Jones
  • Nathan Jones
  • Jacob Kan
  • Thomas Kilmartin
  • Toby Lean
  • Benjamin Leetham
  • Toby McGauley
  • Scott Philips
  • Connor Pike-Sholtz
  • Louis Plumley
  • Alex Radcliffe
  • Harvey Sanders
  • Ryan Smale
  • Sam Steel
  • Samual Stevenson
  • Joe Taylor
  • Finlay Taylor-May
  • Harrison Truswell
  • Harry Washington
  • Tommy woodward

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