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Hare: Dual registration important for youth development

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Continuing the playing management's belief that the best way for a player to improve is by playing rugby rather than just training, players from the Saints Senior Academy will be sent to a variety of clubs in the Championship and National League One to reflect the youngsters' various stages of development.

Moseley, Coventry and Cambridge all had Saints Academy players turning out for them in 2011/12, and Hare is building on these existing relationships to give the 2012/13 Senior Academy similar opportunities to enhance their game understanding.


"We saw last season how much players improved by playing in either The Championship or National League One," Hare commented. "Our Long-Term Athlete Development programme means that when players join the Senior Academy they are physically ready to play adult rugby. And because we are not having to catch-up in this area it means that we can concentrate on improving them as rugby players.


"We have developed good relationships with Moseley, Coventry and Cambridge over the past couple of years and we will be looking to develop these in the next season so that we all benefit. The players develop their own game while helping those clubs have as successful a season as possible, and we can continue our policy of bringing together a group which have the potential to play for the Saints for years to come."


We will keep supporters up-to-date with how the dual registered players get on throughout the coming season on the club's website and in the match day programme.


If you want to help support the Saints Academy by sponsoring a player or becoming a partner just get in touch with the club