The YDP seeks to support our players in their transition from youth to senior rugby and further development of our U14-U18 age group players and transitions them into Senior Rugby.

The YDP is in its fifth year and we’ve already seen players from year one representing the 1st and A XV senior teams. We have also been able to send one of those players onwards to the London Irish Academy to experience further development opportunities, which is a great accolade for what the YDP provides.

Goals are individualised and due to the commitment of the coaches, players are welcomed to develop towards their own personal goals during the season. As we all know Rugby is a late maturation sport and with this players are not just taught physical aspects of rugby, but the general skills and personal goals are taken into account.

This becomes their individual development programme for progression and helps improve their rugby skills and fitness. The programme is measured on a three-month basis over the season, to check how they are progressing against their goals and, as they are achieved, new targets are set for them.

Age group training continues on Sundays for players, and they are aided by coaching from first-team players. The emphasis is on how Dorking RFC play their fixtures, which assists the youth players’ progression to senior rugby and the U21’s fixtures. For the coming season ALL youth rugby from U12- U18 have a Senior player linked to their age group (Tom Beal, Dan Bishop, Jake Dobson, George Spreckley & Killian Wilson), whilst some guest sessions are provided by other players.

Alongside the normal training the club have welcomed guest sessions during the year from MOGGSY (Ex-England Womens Scrum Coach), Karl Dickson (Premiership Referee & Ex Harlequins Scrum-Half) & Ben Sheath (Head of Strength & Conditioning for Saracens Academy).


When does it start?

Tuesday 3rd September at 7-8:30pm and every Tuesday thereafter.

Who can attend?

Any player from U14 to the Colts can attend. Girls & Boys.

What’s the Cost?

£ Nil - Just commitment to the program.

How long does the program run for?

The Program runs in school term for both the Winter and Spring terms. Training may continue after Easter to be in line with the Rugby Season.

What will the players be doing?

Players will be doing structured rugby sessions based on general skill sets of the modern rugby player. Strength and Conditioning programmes from club S&C coaches. And guest sessions from current professional coaches, current players, ex-players and current referees from the premiership. A club physiotherapist is on duty on a Tuesday night for all YDP players.

Who are the coaches?:

All coaches are minimum of RFU Level 2 coaches and are committed to safeguarding and regular CPD. The programme is overseen been club Director of Rugby and run by the Head of Youth Development & Retention.
Director of Rugby: Armand Roux (RFU Level 3 coach)
Head of Youth Development & Retention: Benji Wroblewski (RFU Level 3 coach)
Coaches: Dom Brockes, (RFU Level 2 coach)


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Sign Up for the YDP

How can I register?

Click on the link above and comple the form.

As we all know, at these ages everyone develops/improves at different rates and their personal development programme will be detailed and tailored to their individual goals.

The same training will continue on Sundays within their own age groups aided by coaching from senior players. The emphasis will be on how Dorking RFC play their fixtures, which will assist the youth players' progression to senior rugby and the U21's fixtures.

The players need to embrace the YDP concept as they are the future senior players of Dorking RFC or indeed wherever they end up playing this wonderful sport. This is due to many of the principles of play being directed from Armand Roux the Senior Director of Rugby.
There will also be closer monitoring of the players who depart for university, further education or apprenticeships so we can keep track of their rugby playing careers whilst away, with the U21’s competition at Christmas and Easter very much in mind as well as their return to DRFC when they have completed their degrees etc.