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, but have now expanded to six centres to encompass to growing base of talented rugby players in the Academy’s catchment area.

From these centres, players can progress to the Player Development Groups, with the chance to join the Senior Academy at the age of 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.

If you are a coach at club or school level and would like to highlight an opposition player from Under 13 to Under 16 age groups for inclusion to the DPP, please email with the player’s name, club/school, age group and position.

DPP Centres

The centres are based at:

  • Bournville RFC (Greater Birmingham)
  • Warwick School (South Warwickshire & Solihull)
  • Sixways (Worcestershire)
  • Hereford Academy (Herefordshire)
  • Walsall RFC (Black Country)
  • Shrewsbury College (Shropshire)


DPP Coaches

Each centre will have a Head Coach, and a team of Assistant Coaches.

Bournville RFC:

Head Coach – Ben Weaver

Assistant Coach – Nick Leaney

Assistant Coach – James Panter

Warwick School:

Head Coach – Huw Thomas

Assistant Coach – Dave Hesketh

Assistant Coach – Arron Skyrme

Assistant Coach – Jacob Burrows


Head Coach – Frankie Muratore

Assistant Coach – Jamie Southwell

Assistant Coach – Rob Bray

Assistant Coach – Dan Stokes

Assistant Coach – George Trimmer

Assistant Coach – Benny Williams

Shrewsbury College:

Head Coach – Dale Smallman

Assistant Coach – Paul Young

Assistant Coach – Will Bennett

Assistant Coach – John Das Gupta

Walsall RFC:

Head Coach – Matt Jones

Assistant Coach – Josh Melvin

Assistant Coach – Harry Bayliss

Assistant Coach – Adam Baldock

Hereford Academy:

Head Coach – Trevor Bufton

Assistant Coach – Tom Page

Assistant Coach – Matt Milsom


DPP Manager Dan Lyne

“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 Senior Academy at the age of 18.

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