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 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.
DPP Centres

The centres are based at:

  • Bournville RFC (Greater Birmingham)
  • Warwick School (South Warwickshire & Solihull)
  • Sixways (Worcestershire, Herefordshire & Black Country)
  • Telford College (Shropshire)


DPP Coaches

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

Bournville RFC:

Head Coach – Ben Weaver

Support Coach – Mitch McGahan

Warwick School:

Head Coach – Huw Thomas

Support Coach – Dave Hesketh

Support Coach – Ben Palmer


Head Coach – Trevor Bufton

Support Coach – Frankie Muratore

Support Coach – Jake Pratley

Support Coach – Jamie Southwell

Support Coach – Rob Bray

Support Coach – Dan Stokes

Support Coach – Andy Wilkes

Telford College:

Head Coach – Dale Smallman

Support Coach – Paul Young

Support Coach – Will Bennett

Support Coach – Matt Jones

Support Coach – John Das Gupta

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.”