U13 & 14 Player Development Programme

Newcastle Thunder will be continuing with our highly regarded Under 14 Player Development Programme in 2017!  The PDP will include 6 Development Days which are built into the North East Rugby League junior calendar - in order to give every player the opportunity to attend.

The aim is to provide all Under 13 and 14's in the region with access to coaching from Thunder’s First Team and Academy coaches - to supplement what is being delivered at their community clubs.  The Player Development Programme is completely open access and is based around the core principles of Embed the Pathway and aims to assist the development of the players:

  • Coachability – how do player behaviours and attitudes contribute to develop
  • Mental Attributes – introducing sports psychology to the young player
  • Game  - Technical and Tactical aspects specific to Rugby League
  • Movement – the ability of the young player to perform key movements with control and accuracy, vital for their physical literacy.

The Under 13 and 14 Player Development Programme will be held at Kingston Park, Brunton Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE13 8AF.  The dates are as follows:

 Saturday 25th February 2017  

Saturday 11th March 2017  

Saturday 1st April 2017  

Saturday 6th May 2017  

SUNDAY 11th June 2017 

Saturday 22ndJuly 2017


Players must register in advance by emailing michael.heap@newcastle-thunder.co.uk with the following information:

Name                            Date of Birth                             Community Club

School                          Player Tel No                            Player Email

Address                         Medical Requirements               Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Parents Name                 Parents Tel No                          Parents Email