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 Knights first team players Tyson Lewis, Richard List and Matt Challinor. 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.

The 17/18 season was another success, claiming the BUCS Northern 5B division title without losing a match. The Academy also won the Northern Conference Plate defeating Durham 41-8.

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)

Won 38-12 vs Manchester Met 2 (Home - Cup Semi-final)

Won 41-8 vs Durham 5th (Neutral Venue - Cup final)

TBC vs Leeds 4 (Away - League)

League Table

1 Bedford Blues 0
2 Richmond 0
3 Nottingham 0
4 London Scottish 0
5 London Irish 0
6 Jersey Reds 0
7 Hartpury RFC 0
8 Ealing Trailfinders 0
9 Doncaster Knights 0
10 Coventry RFC 0
11 Cornish Pirates 0
12 Yorkshire Carnegie 0