Developing Player Programme (DPP)


Warriors launched their Developing Player Programme (DPP) in September 2013 in order to find the next generation of first-team stars.

Warriors set up four centres for talented youngsters to train under the guidance of the best coaches in the West Midlands.

From these centres, players can progress to the Player Development Groups, with the chance to join the Senior Academy post-18.

The DPP provides youngsters with the opportunity to achieve their dream of playing for Worcester Warriors.

For more information on our DPP, read our handbook by clicking here.
DPP Centres

The centres are based at:

  • Birmingham University
  • Old Leamingtonians
  • Sixways
  • Telford College


DPP Coaches

Each centre will have a Head Coach, Assistant Coach and a Support-Coaches Volunteer.


Head Coach – Barrie Corless

Assistant Coach – Ben Weaver

Support Coach – Becci Lewis

Old Leamingtonians:

Head Coach – Huw Thomas

Assistant Coach – Ben Weaver

Support Coach – Ben Gilbert


Head Coach – Trevor Bufton

Assistant Coach – Andrew Brownhill

Assistant Coach – Frankie Muratore

Support Coach – Rhys Pritchard

Telford College:

Head Coach – Dale Smallman

Assistant Coach – Paul Young

Support Coach – Will Bennett

Academy Manager Chim Gale

“The DPP scheme is our first chance to identify the best young players in the area and offer them top-class coaching to aid their development.

“The best players will stay with us and progress through our system until they are ready to form part of our Academy at the age of 18.

“Our aim is to find players who will one day be good enough to represent the first-team.”