YEAR 8 King’s Ely Junior pupil Dylan Clifton has been selected to join the Northampton Saints Rugby Player Development Programme.

The Saints Academy aims to produce players capable of making the grade in professional Rugby, and has now cultivated a group of household names such as World Cup winners Steve Thompson and Ben Cohen, England captain Dylan Hartley, and British and Irish Lion Courtney Lawes.

There are several tiers to the Saints Academy system. Over 100 young players aged between 13 and 20 receive coaching from the club – ranging from the bi-weekly Player Development Groups, based in Northampton and Colchester, to the Senior Academy who train full-time at Franklin’s Gardens.

Congratulations Dylan – we look forward to hearing all about your progress over the coming months!

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