Big end of season for ERDPP
This weekend will see the end of season ERDPP and EDG festivals take place at Ripon RUFC, to be held across both Saturday and Sunday. The festivals, which will take place at the U14, U15 & U16 age groups, will involve players that have been taking part in the monthly ERDPP sessions across Yorkshire.
Players have been coached by a team of over 40 volunteer ERDPP coaches throughout the season, with content aimed specifically at their development, appropriate to the age group within which they have been a part of. The games that are played at the festival this weekend have been specifically designed to reward players for demonstrating the learning they have had throughout the season’s coaching and the content that has been delivered.
Over 400 players will take part in these festivals, with each of the regional centres (North, South, East, West and Central Yorkshire) playing against each other in a series of short games. Also in attendance over the weekend will be Yorkshire Carnegie Academy coaches, who will be looking for any players that excel, with a view to giving them an opportunity to join pre-season with the U16 and U18 academy squads. County coaches from various age groups have been invited to attend as well, to support their knowledge of potential players for their programmes next season.
Alongside the festivals for existing ERDPP players, we will also be holding assessment events for players from clubs and schools in Yorkshire the opportunity to access the programme next season. Players that have been nominated will also attend the weekend at Ripon, and will be placed into teams and will play in a series of short games, to be assessed by our academy and ERDPP coaches. Between 150 and 200 players will be involved in these assessments, bringing the total number involved over the weekend to about 600 players.”
Alex Grieve, ERDPP Satellite Manager, commented, "This weekend is always one that we look forward to on the calendar, with so many players having the opportunity to demonstrate their ability over the 2 days. Previous year’s festivals have shown exceptional quality across the board, with both players and coaches demonstrating the positive developments that have been made by all throughout the year. We are glad to be back at Ripon RUFC again this season, as with in previous years for our May ERDPP festivals, as they are so welcoming as a club and support these events fantastically well, so I would like to thank the club for hosting us again this season, as well as their support in previous years. I would also like to thank all coaches, medical staff and other volunteers that have supported the programme this season, and look forward to wrapping it up with another successful event."