Doncaster Knights 2021/22 Season Tickets are now on sale!

Following our most successful season in half a decade the Knights are ready to fly the Yorkshire flag high in the Championship again in 2021/22.

A 2021/22 season ticket offers supporters Club membership which provide supporters with significant savings on match prices as well as a host of additional benefits.

Following the RFU’s confirmation of the 2021/22 season structure and the announcement by the UK Government regarding the lifting of coronavirus-related crowd restrictions in stadiums, Doncaster Knights are now able to announce the details of Season Ticket Memberships for the coming campaign.

Memberships will include entry into a minimum of 12 home matches in 2021/22, the 10 home Championship league matches, and the two guaranteed home Cup matches in spring 2022.

And we’re delighted to announce that Under-16 Memberships will be FREE with every paying adult!

We are also delighted to announce additional Season Ticket/Member benefits this season, including free entry to our Meet the Players event on September 10thand monthly invites to the Knights Night. Our new Knights Nightevents will see Steve Boden and members of his coaching and playing staff preview & review our games every month. The events will be free and exclusive to 2021/22 Season Ticket holders.

With adult prices starting at £155 the Knights offer value you cannot beat, offering the only professional rugby in the broad acres.

Current (2019/20 & 2020/21) Season Ticket holders have until August 12thto purchase 2021/22 Season Tickets and reserve their existing seats; after which they will go on on general sale.

To renew your Season Ticket please fill in the form below and return to mcasey@castle-park.co.ukor to the Castle Park ticketing team on reception.

2021/22 Knights Season Ticket form.

It is very important to the Club that we have up-to-date contact details for all Season Ticket Holders so please fill out and return even the form if you believe the Club already hold your details.

The income generated by Season Tickets is invaluable to maintaining Championship rugby in Yorkshire and keep this Club at the heart of the community.

For any queries, please contact mcasey@castle-park.co.uk or call 013028 31388 and a member of staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Purchasing a Doncaster Knights Season Ticket also includes:

  • Full voting rights at the Clubs Annual General Meeting
  • Right to enter ballot for International Ticket allocations after two full seasons or more of continuous Club Membership.
  • Two “Bring a Friend for Free” vouchers for a first team game
  • Regular electronic communication from the Club.
  • Guaranteed entry into all home league, cup (pool) and friendly games
  • Guarantee your seat in The De Mulder Lloyd Stand (where applicable)

MEMBERSHIPS Q+A

Can I have the same seat as 2019/20?

Of course. You will be able to guarantee the same seat by renewing before 11:59pm on Thursday, August 12th. After that time all seats will go on general sale

What does the season look like?

We are expecting there to be 12 home matches in 2021/22, 10 in the Championship and two guaranteed home Cup ties. Your Membership will include all 12 matches, and any pre-season fixtures if/when confirmed.

 

Knights vs Rotherham Titans pre-season cancelled.

The Knights pre-season fixture versus Rotherham Titans has been cancelled in line professional game board (PGB) regulations.

Although not officially confirmed, Doncaster Knights & Rotherham Titans had hoped to play a pre-season fixture at Castle Park on August 13th in testimonial of Matt Challinor & Dougie Flockhart. This game is no longer able to take place following guidance from the PGB.

In the interest of safety and player welfare, the PGB have mandated Premiership and Championship Clubs must not play pre-season fixtures with NCA Clubs or any teams that aren’t operating under the elite sport exemption, including adherence to strict testing protocols.

This is due to increased levels of positive cases within the Premiership, Championship and AP15s clubs. The PGB has also taken into account player welfare considerations given clubs at Level 3 and below have not played any competitive, full contact rugby, including scrums and mauls, for almost 18 months.

Doncaster Knights hope to hold a testimonial event for Chall & Dougie at another time.

John Edwards.

We regret that we have been told that John Edwards has passed away, aged 80, after long periods of ill health bravely fought. We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Gaynor, his family and his friends.

John moved to Doncaster from South Wales in 1972 when he took up the appointment as headmaster at Maltby Grammar School.  He played full back for the 1st XV for two seasons before retiring to become Club Coach. Around that time the RFU introduced rugby for junior age groups and John, as an experienced coach at schoolboy level, took on the role as the club’s first ever Head of Junior/Mini Rugby, a post he filled for several seasons before his teaching career took him back to South Wales. When he retired from teaching he and Gaynor moved to their beloved Pembrokeshire where he sadly passed away. He will always be remembered as the member who introduced junior rugby to the club.

Camp Doncaster at Castle Park. 

Throughout the Summer Holidays your child can enjoy hours of fun with us for free! 

As part of the Camp Doncaster great summer staycation, Castle Park is hosting 4 weeks of activities from 10am – 3pm, Mon-Thurs beginning August 2nd.
✅ Advanced booking is essential.
✅ It’s free
✅ No previous experience needed!
✅ From 7- 12 years old.
Enrol your child via the link below today.
Camp Doncaster is funded by the Department of Education under their Holiday Activity and Food fund. Doncaster Knights re working with Flying Futures on behalf of Doncaster Council to deliver this groundbreaking summer project. 🙌🏽☀️

Knights midfield gets double boost.

There is more transfer news today as Doncaster Knights announce the signing of midfielders Fraser Strachan & Joe Margetts from Ealing Trailfinders & Ayr Bulls respectively.

Strachan arrives having spent last season in West London with Ealing Trailfinders where he was prolific despite limited opportunity. The centre dotted down for three tries in three appearances in the Trailfinders runners up campaign.

Fraser developed through the Northampton Saints academy, making four senior appearances for the first team before moving to the capital. He also has plenty of experience in the Greene King IPA Championship after a loan spell at Bedford Blues.

The 22-year-old played in the 2017 A League Premiership final, and he continued to impress the following season, making another appearance in the Northampton Wanderers third consecutive A League final in which they beat Exeter Braves 31-21.

Fraser has also been recognized on the international front, initially playing through the age groups with Scotland before switching to represent England at Under-18 level and Bodes says he fits in perfectly with the Knights game plan this season. “Fraser is a guy we looked at very closely last season before he signed with Ealing, he’s young and hungry to develop, he has a very strong distribution game but also abrasive in contact.”

Fraser added, ‘I’m very excited to be joining Doncaster and it is clear to see from their results last season that they are a very good team and play some good rugby.

“Everyone at the club, from players to staff, have all been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to learning from the experienced coaches and pushing on in my career.”

Also hoping to start in the Knights midfield when September 18th rolls around is 24-year-old Joe Margetts.

Joe is another product of the Hartpury College rugby machine, having spent seven years at the institution in total. Margetts joined as 16-year-old in the College’s AASE team before progressing to the University ranks.

While studying for a degree in Business Management, Joe aided Hartpury’s BUCS side to a Super Rugby title and, upon graduating, was offered a contract with their Saturday side in the Championship.

Joe had agreed to join Ayr Bulls in the Scotland’s new Super Six tournament in September last year but Covid prevented the competition from going ahead.

Despite having had a slight break from the game, Bodes sees a lot of potential in his latest acquisition. “Joe last played competitively at Hartpury 18 months ago but he is a player I have been tracking for a while.

“He is a fantastic natural athlete with great, off-the-line, pace and strength in contact. We feel there is plenty of development in him but with hard work he can do very well.”

Joe added. “I’m very happy to have signed with Doncaster Knights and really excited to get the season started with the lads.

“Pre-season so far has showed me how driven and hungry our squad is from all the players through to the coaching staff and I’m looking forward to contributing towards this.”

Earlier today the 2021/22 Championship fixtures were announced with Knights kicking off away at Coventry on the weekend of September 18thbefore returning to Castle Park versus London Scottish a week later.

Season ticket information will be coming very soon.

2021/22 Championship fixtures Announced

Fixtures for the 2021/22 RFU Championship season have been confirmed. 

The competition will be played over 22 rounds, beginning on the weekend of September 18th, with the final round scheduled for the weekend of 19-20 March next year.

The league will consist of 11 teams in the upcoming season after Saracens secured promotion back to the Premiership following a two-leg final against Ealing Trailfinders.

The Knights kick off with an away trip to Coventry before a first game at Castle Park on the weekend of September 25th against London Scottish.

A new title sponsor for the Championship is actively being sought as Greene King IPA’s sponsorship of the league finishes on 31 August 2021.

Knights President & Championship chairman Steve Lloyd commenting on the new season said: “We’re delighted to be announcing a full list of fixtures after an atypical season due to the pandemic.

“I know clubs are delighted that they will be able to welcome fans back at full capacity next season.”

RFU director of performance rugby Conor O’Shea added: “Clubs and the league’s organisers, did a brilliant job staging the Championship this season, given all the challenges presented by the pandemic.  We’re all looking forward to the upcoming season and the fixtures comings out will provide a focus for clubs as they plan for their first games. 

“We are proud of our partnership with Greene King IPA which has been in place since June 2013. I’d like to thank them for their support of the Championship during this time as the first title partner of the league.”

“Last season produced some fantastic performances and we’re all looking forward to more great rugby next season,”added O’Shea.

To see the full RFU Championship fixture list click here.

Academy group join Knights pre-season.

The Doncaster Knights player pathway continues to shine as a group of nine Academy students have joined the early stages of first team pre-season.

The pandemic meant the youngsters missed a full season of action but the group are raring to start a new adventure in the British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Northern Premier 2 division; the third tier of the BUCS Pyramid.

Selected by Head of Academy Tyson Lewis; Joe Barnes, Adam Hopkinson, Calvin Mitchell, Jack Townend, Joe Barnes, Sam Wager, Tom Parkin, Tom O’Brien, Will Metcalfe have all linked up with the senior squad for the first block of pre-season and Tyson believes they will all be better for the experience.

“We’ve offered a number of boys the chance to do pre-season based on their previous displays and our knowledge of them. Two of the boys we have watched in the recent Yorkshire Under 18s competition & they stood out and the rest we know from last season.

“We are not expecting them to be at the same level of the Knights yet but it is an opportunity for them to see where they are in terms of fitness, in terms of skills and to absorb the information that’s given to them.

“They have been in for a few weeks now so they definitely know what is expected of them and whilst there is an understanding they are Academy players we are not letting them get away with missing standards, all of which should stand them in good stead for when the Academy season starts.”

The Academy’s incredible rise through the league structure continued last year as they recorded a third promotion in four seasons, following a level transfer in 2019.

The transfer saw the Academy elevated two levels up the league pyramid, meaning they have ascended five leagues since joining BUCS in 2016.  “The new season is another step up, we are now two promotions away from BUCS Super Rugby league which is the ultimate goal but there are some very high quality sides in our league this year.

“The likes of Manchester Met & Loughborough will be extremely strong but we are aiming to be in the mix and be competitive despite it being our first year at this level.”

Needs More Clicks extend Knights tie.  

Based in Doncaster, Need More Clicks (https://www.needmoreclicks.com/) help businesses get seen on Google by improving their Google rankings and will be continue to be seen at Castle Park.  

The SEO specialists have extended their commercial partnership with the Knights with business advertising at the stadium entrance. 

Having joined Knights commercial network in 2018, MD & Owner of Need More Clicks Ltd, Andy Roberts said. “It’s great to be involved with The Knights and to renew our sponsorship.

“Sport and hospitality has taken a bit hit during the pandemic so it’s important that we support them when we can. The Knights is a great club and facility and is always a great afternoon out”

With news of the 2021/22 competition format due imminently & new signings being announced daily, Commercial Manager Michael Casey says he is delighted to be continuing to work alongside Need More Clicks and that now is a fantastic time to be a Knights partner. “I’m really pleased that Need More Clicks have extended their partnership with the Club, Andy is a big advocate of supporting local business and interests and I look forward to continue to work together in the new season.

“Following a fantastic campaign on the pitch last year I am looking forward to progressing commercially as we welcome crowds back to Castle Park properly from August.”

If you would like to generate more business leads and sales enquiries through your online presence visit the Need More Clicks site at www.needmoreclicks.com.

Vacancies | Castle Park kitchens.

Watering Staff (x 2 Part-time/Full Time & Casual)

We are looking for professional, friendly waiting staff to join our team.

Your main goal in this position should be to ensure the highest level of clients satisfaction and provide and outstanding customer experience.

Training will be given.

Kitchen Porters  (Full time – Part time)

  1. You will be required to carry out basic cleaning tasks, as fast as possible.
  2. Uploading food from deliveries.
  3. Making sure work surfaces, floor & walls are always clean and sanitised.
  4. Collecting and washing up pots & pans.
  5. Strong organisational skills.
  6. The ability to adhere to health & safety roles.

Full Time Chef x 1

To work as part of Doncaster Knights Catering Team

Minimum 2-3 years’ experience

Requirements are:-

  1. Preparing high quality dishes.
  2. Able to delegate tasks to kitchen staff, to ensure meals and prepared in a timely manner.
  3. You should also be familiar with sanitation regulations.
  4. Proven work experience as a chef or cook.
  5. Ability to remain calm and undertake various tasks.
  6. Excellent time management abilities.

Casual Match Day Chefs

Experienced casual chefs to work when needed.

Will included some evenings and weekends

Knights lock in two more.

Doncaster Knights Head Coach Steve Boden has added more pieces to the jigsaw with second row pair George Oram & Josh Peters signing for the Club.

George Oram arrives having spent the last season at the Richmond Athletic Ground, sadly the 28-year-old was sidelined for the 2021 campaign through injury.

Oram made the switch to the capital from Coventry where he made 54 appearances, joining in the midst of their run to the National One title from fellow third division outfit Birmingham Moseley.

On Oram’s signing Bodes said. “George is exactly what I believe a Doncaster Knights player should be about; he has a high work rate, he’s abrasive and is a great bloke for the environment.

“Everyone speaks very highly of him and he’s brought a lot into training already. His experience in the league will be very valuable in a position where we have lost a lot of experience”

George began his senior career with Blackheath, before getting his first taste of the Championship with Rotherham Titans. Dropping down to National One for a season, the lock then played a major part in Coventry’s title-winning campaign before going on to help the side maintain their tier two status.

George is keen to get back on track after a frustrating 20/21 campaign & is excited about what the upcoming season could hold. “I’m hugely excited to be joining Doncaster Knights, after chatting with Bodes it’s clear he’s building a winning environment and it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

“The squad obviously had a great season last year in difficult circumstances and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and adding to the environment where I can.”

Competing with George for starting berth in the Knights second row will be 25-year-old Josh Peters.

Josh signs from Stade Dijonnais in Nationale, the French third tier. He has previously played for Coventry and Cambridge R.U.F.C. and was part of Northampton Saints Academy.

Despite having won Under 18s honours for England, Josh has five caps for Spain. Peters moved to Marbella as a two-year-old playing for Marbella RFC before returning to the UK to join Oundle School and is a player Bodes believes can thrive at Castle Park. “Josh has a varied back ground having played in France and Spain as well as in the UK. We’ve watched a lot of his clips and like his athletic ability at the line out and abrasiveness in defence.

“He’s young and ambitious and has fit in really well already having moved over from France and believe he has a lot of upward potential.”

Josh added. “ “I am really excited to be here in Doncaster and feel like I’ve learnt loads already in the couple of week’s I’ve been at the Club. I’m really enjoying the intensity we are bringing to pre-season and can’t to start playing matches.”

An update on fixtures & season tickets will be coming next week.

Steve Boden | Pre-season update.

As freedom day dawns the Knights are back at Castle Park, taking the first steps for what promises to be a fascinating 2021/22 Championship campaign.

With promotion to the Premiership guaranteed for the league winner and discussions around broadcasting and new formats ongoing it promises to be season not to miss as we count down to September.

The 2020/21 campaign was a huge success for Steve Boden’s Knights, as the newly formed side swept all but Saracens and Ealing Trailfinders aside to finish third in the league.

Sadly, off the field, we had no fans to join us in celebrating the Club’s best Championship finish in half a decade. With any luck 2021/22 will be back to normal and we can celebrate last minute winners, bemoan questionable decisions from Sir and get behind the boys like we used to.

For now, Bodes and his coaching side have constructed a new squad ready to build on last season’s heroics and are very much enjoying being at Castle Park doing what they love.  “The lads are going really well, they’re probably in the toughest part of pre-season now as we are in the middle of a four-week block.

“They’ve been eased back into it but we are ramping it up and there are a couple of jaded bodies which is to be expected. Next week we have another big push before the lads will get a 7-9-day recovery block.

“During this time they will do some home programming and take a break mentally before coming back ready to roll into the next block.

“They have gelled really well so far, with the restrictions looser now than last year they are able to do a bit more socially. I’ve been really impressed with the work ethic and intensity so far & you can tell there has been a bit of bond formed already.”

Though the country is unlocking, England Rugby regulations remain in place in relation to elite sport which means organizing fixtures outside formal competition is a little tricky currently, however, plans for pre-season fixtures are well underway. “Everything is fluid due to the Covid regulations but we have agreed in principle to play Rotherham Titans at Castle Park on Friday evening, August 13th.

“The RFU guidelines will need to be satisfied before we can confirm, with Rotherham not being in our league it presents a few challenges around testing players and staff but hopefully that will go ahead.

“We are also looking to have a couple of in house training days against other sides then on September 4thwe are hoping to travel to Kingston Park and face Newcastle Falcons which will be a hell of a test for us.”

More news on player signings, fixtures & season tickets coming next week.