Aimed at developing elite young players, The Doncaster Knights Academy will prepare you for a career in sport, with real world training in a professional sporting environment.

Since launching in 2015 with Doncaster College and University Centre, we’ve celebrated success after success, with two promotions so far, and two cup victories to boot.

Professional Training

Train at the Academy of Sport at Castle Park and you will get access to professional facilities and coaches from day one.

Your progression is judged on merit, so if you excel in the Academy you will have the opportunity to train with the Knights first team, and be considered for selection. How far you go is up to you.

The full-time Rugby Development Centre is split into two age groups:

  • 16-18 (FE) studying NQF programs from levels 1-3
  • Post 18 (HE) studying on one of the 50+ undergraduate courses run by the University Centre.

British Universities and College Sports [BUCS] leagues

Both Academy sides are coached by our first team players Tyson Lewis, Richard List and Matt Challinor. Year on year, the HE team compete in the British Universities and College Sports [BUCS] leagues.  In their debut season, the Academy won 13 out of their 14 fixtures and won the Northern Conference Plate cup.


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

Our very own Sam Jones, Sam Pocklington and Will Holling have all progressed from the academy to a full-time basis with the Knights first team.


This year we were promoted three BUCS leagues to the Northern 1A, after an independent assessment.

Got what it takes? Apply here.
To learn more contact Head of Sports Admissions or call 07855 787 780.

Here are remaining Academy’s fixtures for this season.

2/10/19 Liverpool 1st (H) 19-39 L

30/10/19 Durham 3s (H) 40-21 W

6/11/19 Durham 4s (A) 16-26 W

13/11/19 Northumbria 2s (H) 33-15 W

27/11/19 Newcastle 2s (A) 10-12 W

4/12/19 Liverpool (A) 21-26 W

29/1/20 Durham 3s (A) 19-25 W

12/2/20 Durham 4th (H) 45-20 W

26/2/20 Northumbria 2nds (A) 2PM KO 33-22 L

4/3/20  Keele 1st (A) 2pm KO

11/3/20 Newcastle 2nds (H) 6.30pm KO

18/3/20 Keele 1st (H) 6.30pm KO


Fixtures & Results

Academy Fixtures


Bucs Results, Fixtures & Tables