The 2017-18 ERDPP programme has now come to a close, with a final playing opportunity held for all age groups at Ripon RUFC on the weekend of 5th and 6th May, with players being given the opportunity to put into practice all that they have been working on throughout the season, followed by a feedback and signposting session at the end of May.

The quality of the rugby on show throughout the weekend was of an exceptional standard, with players showcasing some fantastic developments throughout their time on the programme, with a number of players having been invited to take part in pre-season with some of the club’s academy sides.

This season has seen over 750 players, from 54 clubs and 147 schools across the county, take part in monthly development sessions between September and May at Yorkshire Carnegie’s five satellite centres in East, West, North, South and Central Yorkshire, between the Under-14 and Under-17 age groups.

A huge thanks must go to all the venues that have hosted ERDPP activity this season, for being so welcoming and buying in to supporting the programme. There were also over 350 players at the Under-13 age group take part in three talent development days, with players from these being selected to populate next season’s Under-14 regional groups. All this has been supported by a team of more than 50 volunteer coaches from community clubs and schools, as well as visits from Yorkshire Carnegie senior players on a regular basis.

Alex Grieve, ERDPP Satellite Manager for Yorkshire Carnegie said: “I would like to congratulate all players that have been involved in the programme this season for their commitment and attitude, which has clearly resulted in some significant developments as players. I would also like to say a massive thanks to all those that have supported the programme this season, through coaching and medical support, as well as parents that have supported their children.

“Planning has now started in earnest for next season’s ERDPP, and we are looking forward to bringing some updates and fresh ideas in order to further challenge players in their development, but to also challenge our coaches and increase understanding of the programme with all our partners.”