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.

DPP U16 Training has now finished for the season, allowing players to concentrate on their education and potentially County selection. 

2019 Training Dates & Times

Please note:- Groups will be confirmed shortly

U14 Group 1 and U15 Group 1 - 6.00-7.30pm

U14 Group 2 and U15 Group 2 - 7.30-9.00pm

  • Monday 14th January
  • Monday 4th February
  • Monday 11th February
  • Thursday 21st February - ALL DAY (more information to follow)
  • Monday 4th March
  • Monday 11th March
  • Monday 1st April

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


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


Group information will be confirmed shortly

EXWICK HUB - 3G Footwear Policy

Please click here for information


To view the Safeguarding Policy click here


DPP Nomination Form

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