The Academy

The Doncaster Knights Academy launched in 2015 in association with Doncaster College and University Centre and has enjoyed rapid success and growth in it’s brief existence.

The Academy initiative has been developed through a partnership between Doncaster College & University Centre and the Knights aimed at developing elite young sportsmen alongside studying for a real-world academic qualification.

The ambition of the Academy of Sport is to allow students to fully prepare for a career in sport whilst to learning and playing in a professional sporting environment, which will ultimately lead to improved progression routes in their chosen field.

The full time Rugby Development Centre is based out of Castle Park Stadium and comprises two age groups 16-18 (FE) studying NQF programs from levels 1-3 and post 18 (HE) studying on one of the 50+ undergraduate courses run by the University Centre.

Players accepted to the Academy of Sport will complete all their Rugby activity at Castle Park with access to our wide range professional facilities and coaches. Players that excel in the Academy set up will get the opportunity to train with the Knights first team and be in consideration for selection should their performance dictate.  

The two Academy sides are coached by DRFC Rugby Development Manager Ants Posa alongside Knights first team players Tyson Lewis and Richard List. The HE team compete in the British Universities and College Sports [BUCS] leagues, playing their home games out of Castle Park. In their debut season in the BUCS competitions the Academy won 13 out of their 14 fixtures and won the Northern Conference Plate.

Nine of the current Academy attend regular training with the first team with five having made appearances for the Knights already. 

If you or someone you know are interested in applying to the DC Academy of Sport begin your application by clicking here or to learn more contact Head of Sports Admissions on or call 07855787780. 

BUCS fixtures, results & league table. 

2017/18 Fixtures/results list. 

Won 175-0 vs York St Johns 2

Won 3-65 vs Leeds Beckett 5

Won 105-7 vs Leeds Uni 5

(Conceded opposition) vs UCLAN 2 

Won 135-0 vs Leeds Trinity 1 

Won 88-0 vs Lancaster Uni 2 (Cup).

(Conceded opposition)  vs York Uni 3

Won 8-66 vs Hull Uni 3 (Away - League)

Won 72-7 vs Nottingham Academy: KO 19:30 (Home - Friendly) 

Won 62-5 vs Teeside Uni 1 (Home - League)

(Conceded opposition) vs Liverpool Hope 1 (Away - Cup)

Won 86-0 vs Sheff Hallam 3 (Home - League)

21/1 vs Manchester Met 2 (Home - Cup Semi-final)

TBC vs Leeds 4 (Away - League)

League Table

1 Bristol 73
2 Ealing Trailfinders 60
3 Yorkshire Carnegie 44
4 Doncaster Knights 43
5 Bedford Blues 42
6 Jersey Reds 38
7 Richmond 34
8 Nottingham 33
9 Cornish Pirates 32
10 Hartpury College 32
11 London Scottish 28
12 Rotherham Titans 7