Since its founding in partnership with the Saints in 2005, the Chris Kokta Memorial Trust has established a strong track record of backing some of the most talented young players in England during the early stages of their development in the East Midlands.
England Saxons hooker Joe Gray and London Wasps lock James Cannon both received financial support during rehabilitation from injuries while at Franklin's Gardens, while current Senior Academy players Tom Stephenson and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi - who helped England Under-20 win the Six Nations last weekend - won Chris Kokta Memorial Trust Outstanding Achievement Awards during their time at Moulton College.
The Saints' residential Monarch Rugby Academy at Stowe School is now one of the highlights of the club's calendar and become an important part of the club's talent identification process.
In their five days at Stowe players can showcase their skills, application and attitude, possibly to follow the likes of England Under-16 squad member Tim Cardall and Jordan Onojaife, who after being invited to join the Saints Academy system in 2011 made his England Under-18 debut this March.
To earn their scholarship players need to compile the following:
- A 200-word summary as to why they deserve a place at Stowe
- A testimonial from a current school or club coach
- A showreel if available
Applications need to be submitted no later than Tuesday, May 30th, and addressed to: Ross Stewart, Northampton Saints, Franklin's Gardens, Weedon Road, Northampton, NN5 5BG