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The Inner London Player Development Programme

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Over the last few years the Community Department have been working across the London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth identifying local boys who have the potential to become the next Ugo Monye or Chris Robshaw. Current full time academy players Daryl Marfo and Kyle Sinckler were both identified by Academy coach Collin Osborne whilst attending schools in Inner London. Darryl was a pupil at the London Nautical School in Waterloo and Kyle attended Graveney School in Tooting.

The Inner London Player Development Program is centred around Ernest Bevin College; an all boys state school in Tooting. Five years ago Ernest Bevin played very little Rugby, this season the will play in nearly ninety Rugby Union fixtures and sevens tournaments. Rugby is now one of the biggest sports in the School with over 100 boys representing the School this season.

Last season the U13's, pictured, got to the last 16 at the National Sevens competition. Currently one member of the U14 Rugby Squad has earned a place in the Surrey and Harlequins School of Rugby.

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Player Development Group, U10, U11 and U12

The Harlequins FC Inner London Player Development group is made up of boys who have been spotted playing in local primary school Tag Rugby festivals, have been selected for borough gifted and talented squads or have been nominated by their sports teachers.

The Inner London Player Development Group meets for training during most School Holidays. For most players it is their first experience of Rugby Union. The aim of the Player Development Group is to provide talented athletes with the skills and techniques required to become very good Rugby Union players. To date the Inner London Player Development Group has produced one player who has gone on to earn a place in the Surrey and Harlequins School of Rugby.

Satellite School of Rugby, U13, U14 and U15

The Satellite School of Rugby was created to provide boys from Inner city state schools with the opportunity to access the Harlequins School of Rugby programme. Players attend day camps held at Emanuel School during each school holiday. Players receive high level coaching and additional support. More information on the School of Rugby programme can be found on the academy pages (link). At the end of their U15 season players who have reached the required standard move up to train with the Surrey School of Rugby.

Inner London Elite Player Development Contacts

Tom Williams, Player Development Officer

Contact Tom on 07793 282 951 or by email

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