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 Doncaster 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. 

While Sam Jones, Sam Pocklington and Will Holling have all progressed from the academy to a full time basis with the Doncaster first team. 

At the end of the 2018/20 season the Academy was promoted three BUCS leagues to the Northern 1A after an independent assessment. 

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. 


W 64-0 10th October (A) 2pm KO Durham University 5th  

W 97-3 17th October (H) University of Sheffield 3rd

H-W 24th October (H) University of Sunderland 1st

P-P 31st October (A) University of Bradford 1st

H-W 7th November (H) (cup) University of York 3rd                          

14th November (H) University of Hull 2nd

H-W 21st November (A) Liverpool Hope University 1st (cup)

P-P 28th November (H) Durham University 5th

5th December (A) University of Sheffield 3rd

H-W 12th December (H) University of Sunderland 1st 

P-P 30th January (A) University of Sunderland 1st

W 27-41 6th February (A) Teeside University 1st (cup)

H-W 13th February (H) University of Bradford 1st

W 40-26 20th February (H)  Newcastle University 5th (cup)

W 10-78 27th February (A) University of Hull 2nd 

W 15-36 6th March (A) University of Leeds 4th (cup)

W 19-48 13th March (A) University of Bradford 1st

W 62-10 20th March (H) University of Hull 2nd 

League Table

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