The Saints Under-18s have been using Cambridge RFC this July as their training base in the middle of the club’s Academy region, which stretches all the way from west Northamptonshire to the Suffolk coast.
And there are plenty of games coming up as well, including against Newport-Gwent Dragons, Cymoedd College and Leinster Clubs, which is being played at Franklin’s Gardens at 12noon on Saturday, August 22nd, on Pitch 1.
This in turn is immediately followed by a trip to Dublin for a game against Leinster Schools, which is being played at Donnybrook on Wednesday, August 26th.
Meanwhile the Elite Player Development Groups are also seeing action themselves, with the Under-15s and 16s playing their equivalents from Worcester Warriors at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday, August 14th and then the Under-16s taking part in a North Academies Festival on Friday, August 21st.
Senior Academy coach Mark Hopley says that the holidays are an important time for the club as it looks to develop the next generation of players.
“The school holiday periods are very important for us throughout the year,” he said. “This summer is no different, and we’re giving all our age groups – Under-15, Under-16 and Under-18 – plenty of game time, giving the players the chance to show the coaches a positive attitude and an ability to learn and get better.
“It’s going to be an exciting and busy few weeks for us!”