Raiders Academy – Player Nominations

Raiders Academy Programme

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 2018/2019 season will take place Friday 7th September 2018, 19:00 @ Worthing RFC

U13 Camp/Reassessments for the 2018/2019 season will take place Wednesday 5th September 2018, 19:00 @ Worthing RFC.

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

  • Sussex DPP (U13) County Programme assessments starts post Feb Half Term once the Harlequins DPP Trials have been completed and acts as an extended DPP programme to compliment the Harlequins Academy
  • Sussex operate a (U14) Sussex DPP Programme again aligned to compliment the Harlequins Academy
  • Sussex U15 age grade progresses right the way through to Senior Rugby
  • Web Link to County Representative Rugby:

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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