04 Mar 2019

12-year-old Tristan Baits-Tomlin, who is in Year 8, has been selected to join the Worcester Warriors U13 Development Player Pathway (DPP).

The DPP is the entry level into a long-term development programme at Worcester Warriors which in some cases will lead towards the very highest level of the game. The programme was launched in 2013 in order to find the next generation of first-team stars. There are now four centres for talented youngsters to train under the guidance of the best coaches in the West Midlands. From these centres, players can progress to the Player Development Groups, with the chance to join the Senior Academy at the age of 18.

Tristan, who plays in the outside centre or inside centre positions, said: “I’m really excited and looking forward to the training sessions. I’ve played rugby for around five years and I love running and tackling.”

Talking about his ambitions for his rugby career, Tristan said: “I’d like to be in the Worcester Warriors’ senior squad one day.”

Rendcomb College’s Lead Coach and Sport Co-ordinator, Matt Walton said: “Tristan has recently joined Rendcomb College and has already shown that he has plenty to offer in the sporting arena. He is an extremely strong athlete and will be a huge asset to any team he is involved in. To be selected for the Worcester Warriors U13 Development Player Pathway is a testament to his commitment and passion on the rugby field. It’s always exciting to see our pupils climb the development pathway and we look forward to supporting Tristan on his new journey.”

Worcester Warriors’ Academy Manager, Chim Gale said: “The DPP scheme is our first chance to identify the best young players in the area and offer them top-class coaching to aid their development. The best players will stay with us and progress through our system until they are ready to form part of our Academy at the age of 18. Our aim is to find players who will one day be good enough to represent the first-team.

Tristan joins a growing number of Rendcomb College pupils who are currently involved in development pathways including England Lacrosse; County Hockey; County Cricket; GB Junior Water-skiing; District Rugby; County Tennis; County School and Swindon Town ladies’ Football academy; South West Regional Swimming; and GB Padel.