Raiders Academy – Player Nominations

Raiders Academy Programme (U12, U13, U14, U15 & U16)

Please email through all player nominations to including:

  1. Full Name
  2. Playing Club
  3. School
  4. Position(s)
  5. Current Playing Level and Honours
  6. Recommended by (including contact)
  7. Contact Details

We accept nominations intra-season for assessment should the player nominated meet the Raiders Academy criteria for assessment.

U12 Trials for the 2020/2021 season will take place Friday 18th September 2020, 19:00 @ Worthing RFC

U13, U14, U15 & U16 schedule for the 2020/2021 season will be confirmed around June 2020

Harlequins Academy

  • The Harlequins Academy Player Pathway start at U13
  • The Raiders Academy Coaches will nominate U13 exceptional players from our group in Dec/Jan each season for a Feb Half Term trials with Harlequins
  • The Raiders Academy Coaches will additionally if warranted propose other players for review by the Harlequins Academy
  • Web Link to Harlequins Academy Programme:

** Please note our programme does not complete in any way with the Harlequins Academy or any other Premiership Rugby Academy. We complement and run concurrently alongside the Premiership Academies.

Sussex County Programmes

Welsh/Irish/Scottish Exile Programmes

These programmes identify, monitor and recruit “Qualified” players who have the potential to play elite age grade rugby.

Players need to be born in Wales/Ireland/Scotland OR have one parent born in Wales/Ireland/Scotland OR have one Grandparent born in Wales/Ireland/Scotland


  • Starts with Players aged 12 years old
  • Currently around 2000 players in programme
  • Players to register interest at

IRISH EXILES (Now Irish Qualified Programme “IQ”)

  • The IQ programme currently facilitates opportunities for players born 2000, 2001 and 2002 (as of 2017-2018 season)
  • If players fall outside the above range they are still welcome to register to be contacted by the Irish Exiles
  • Registeration at:

SCOTTISH EXILES (Now Scottish Qualified Programme “SQ”)

  • If qualified and interested please email the Raiders Academy and we will facilitate an introduction to the Scottish programme manager

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