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Coach Education and CPD Programme

Northampton Saints’ Coach Education and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Programme is devised to improve the standard of rugby coaching throughout the region.

We reach the coaches working within our Academy, PDG (Player Development Groups) and DPP (Developing Player Programme) initiatives, as well as all rugby clubs and schools linked with the Club in the East Midlands, North-East Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.


  • Put on Coach Education Programmes which include Coaching CPD’s for our Academy Coaches that will further their education and advance their ability to train the next generation of rugby players.
  • Provide three Coach Education days for the PDG and DPP Coaches who are working within our programme.
  • Organise six Coaching CPD’s for linked clubs and schools in both the East Midlands region and North-East Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. For the East Midlands CPD’s we use both Franklin’s Gardens and Olney RFC, and for North-East Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire we use Colchester RFC. These CPD’s are designed to demonstrate to coaches within our linked schools and clubs what we are trying to achieve in our Academy, PDG and DPP Sessions, and what it means to coach 'the Saints way'.

We have a range of topics we cover to show the coaches how we coach in our programme; Talent Identification, Scrum, Line Out, Defence, Attack, Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition workshops.

These CPDs are delivered by Saints Staff, but we also aim to put on CPD workshops from guest coaches from the national team.

The programmes are also linked with England Rugby, the Saints Community team, and constituency bodies such as the East Midlands and Eastern Counties.

We also run CPD workshops for parents to advise them on how our Junior Academy, PDG and DPP Programmes work and run.   

We run a Mentoring Scheme for all our PDG and DPP Coaches, where they are mentored through their programme and regularly gain feedback on the sessions that they have run. This provides them with extra support throughout the PDG and DPP Programme.

2019/20 CPD dates

Monday 3rd February 2020 – How to construct an effective lineout with Phil Dowson (Franklin's Gardens, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: How to construct a lineout through throwing, jumping and lifting, as well as looking at up-to-date techniques to build a lineout.
  • Aimed at: All school, club and DPP coaches who are coaching line outs to their age-group.
  • Deliverers: Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints Forwards Coach).
  • This CPD will be delivered indoors and outdoors.

Tuesday 25th February 2020 – How to build a coaching philosophy with Chris Boyd (Colchester RFC, 7.00pm to 8.30pm)

  • Theme: What is your coaching philosophy? What goes into a philosophy? How your your philosophy work?
  • Aimed at: All school, youth club, senior club and DPP coaches.
  • Deliverers: Chris Boyd (Northampton Saints Director of Rugby).
  • All of this CPD will be delivered indoors.

Monday 30th March 2020 – Scrum & Kicking Clinic with Matt Fergusson & Jake Sharp (Franklin's Gardens, 6.30pm to 8.00pm)

  • Theme: How to build a scrum. What does a kicking strategy look like and how to develop one.
  • Aimed at: All school, club and DPP coaches who are coaching scrums and kicking to their age-group.
  • Deliverers: Matt Ferguson (Northampton Saints Scrum Coach) and Jake Sharp (Northampton Saints Interim Defence Coach).
  • This CPD will be delivered indoors and outdoors.

Monday 20th April 2020 – What to look for in attack with Sam Vesty (Franklin's Gardens, 6.30pm to 9.30pm)

  • This CPD will be run at the Wanderers v Worcester game.
  • Theme: Understanding attacking strategy before and during a game. How to effectively review attached during and after a game.
  • Aimed at: All school, youth club, senior club and DPP coaches.
  • Deliverers: Sam Vesty (Northampton Saints Attack Coach).
  • This CPD will consist of game observation and indoor presentation.

For more information about the above Coach Education sessions, please CLICK HERE. 

If you would like any more information about the Coach Education and CPD programme, please contact [email protected].

To book your place at a session, please email [email protected].

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