This Sunday sees the best junior players across the county come together to play developmental games as part of their long term  development, The England Rugby Developing Player Programme (ERDPP) structure has progressed significantly since replacing the “schools of rugby” two years ago and we have made some exciting changes for this season also including this playing festival. The ERDPP is a national initiative under the England Rugby banner however through our partnership working and investment from Yorkshire Carnegie and Yorkshire RFU we have designed a regional programme that meets the regional needs of the county and the players within it.

Players from the U14, U15 and U16 who have been carefully selected through a number of assessment events, train monthly in rugby skills and game understanding, throughout each yearly cycle there are two playing opportunities for the players to demonstrate their learning as well as showcase their ability. These festivals are also used as the platform for county and academy squad selections as well as benchmark against other players from across all of Yorkshire.

This festival, at Pontefract RUFC will start at 10am with the U14 teams playing each other region, followed by the U15 players and then U16 squads. In addition there will be an opportunity for coaches from the U13 age group to attend a presentation about the ERDPP and the nomination procedure for players for the U13 talent development days.

Yorkshire Carnegie are expecting over 400 players from all corners of Yorkshire to take part in the event, which should prove to be exciting for all players and their families. A big thank you must go out to all of the volunteer coaches who take the time to lead these coaching sessions and run the games for these players as part of their ongoing development.