Please find below a message from PDP Head Coach, Ian Dryburgh, regarding the programme.
Please take the time to read this as it’s intended to provide clarity on the purpose of the programme and how we can work together to provide the best possible opportunities and conditions for players to thrive.
Performance Development Programme 2017-18–Coach’s Message
The Performance Development Programme(PDP) management and coaching team would like to provide clarity on the purpose of the PDP and how your players, if selected, could benefit from the programme.
The PDP provides opportunities for the best female 16-20 year-old players in Scotland to train together within a high-performance environment. We believe that training in this environment with other high-level players will benefit the players’ development in the long and short term. The PDP is a stepping stone to the senior national squad and is an important part of each player’s preparation for and progress towards international rugby. We have identified the current training squad as having potential to play for Scotland in the future. To maximise this opportunity, it is important that your players are fit and ready to train, come into camp fresh and ready to participate fully in all aspects of the sessions provided.
We appreciate the importance of your players playing the game, and we will endeavour to load our Saturday sessions appropriately to allow players to perform for you in Sunday fixtures. However, at times we may have to ask you to adjust player load during training sessions in the
week leading up to the PDP camp. This is to ensure we avoid overloading players whilst minimising any potential disruption to programmes. I am confident you will agree this will provide the greatest benefit to the player and impact positively on their ability to perform in games.
We will send you the itinerary of the camps and training days in advance so you are aware of the focus, purpose and proposed intensity of the sessions, and will ensure that our communication channels are open to allow us to work together to best support and develop the players.
Ian Dryburgh,Head Coach, Performance Development Programme