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. 

October Half Term Festivals

Regional DPP Coaches will be sending out details to those included in the October half term festivals.

DPP U16 Training Sessions

Please find below the players selected to attend the Chiefs DPP U16 training sessions.

All sessions will take place 6.00-7.30pm at The Exwick Sports Hub, Ennerdale Way, Exeter, EX4 2BQ. There is limited parking at the Exwick Sports Hub so please park at Flowerpot Playing Fields, EX4 1EQ. Please check car parking signs and machines for parking fees.

8th October

5th & 12th November

3rd & 10 December

Jared Allen

Luca Barbot

Joseph Bastin

Reuben Bennett

Charles Bowden

Ben Chaffey

Jack Connor

Lewis Crocker

Billy Davies

Charlie Doolan

Corey Dowdon

Beck Finnemore

Mitch Fisher

Jacob Glasspool

Haydn Gosling

Ryan Hill

Joe Hill

Thomas Houghton-King

Scott Incledon

Matthew Lewis

Connor Macmillan

Louis Mathers

Archie Norman

Spencer Phipps

Levi Richards

Callum Rogers

Jenson Slade

Adam Tanner

Joe Thomson

George Vertessy

Noah Western

Max Wilkinson

DPP U15 Training Sessions

Please find below the players selected to attend the Chiefs DPP U15 training sessions.

All sessions will take place 7.30-9.00pm at The Exwick Sports Hub, Ennerdale Way, Exeter, EX4 2BQ. There is limited parking at the Exwick Sports Hub so please park at Flowerpot Playing Fields, EX4 1EQ. Please check signs and machines for car parking fees.

If you have been selected to attend these training sessions, you do not need to attend regional training sessions. 

8th October

5th & 12th November

3rd & 10 December

Brandon Allen

Louis Beer

Tom Berryman

William Bowden

Ben Butland

Ashley Chart

Luke Chester

Ben Coen

Leo Cooper

Sam Cox

Charlie Curry

Kirran Cutmore

Kyle Duffy

Noah Fenton

Max Fergusson

Harrison Fox

Sion Grand

Dylan Haddrell

Ben Hobbs

Josh Hughes

Michael Kelly

Ben Leggot

Kye Locke

Tom Massey

Ethan Millard

Alex Penny

Harry Rodwell

George Royale

Will Saltmarsh

Jake Salvi

Niall Shirley

Henry Sims

Ed Slater

Finn Snelling

Matt Spry

Rhys Stephens

Max Traylor

Ben Walwyn

Jack Worden

Bobby Wigginton

Ollie Williams

Mikey Wiltshire

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