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

Since launching in 2015 with Doncaster College and University Centre, we’ve celebrated success after success, wining four promotions so far, and two cup victories to boot. In addition to this four Academy graduates have gone on to sign professional contracts at Doncaster Knights.

Professional Training

Training with the Academy of Sport at Castle Park give students access to professional facilities and coaches from day one.

All Academy sides are coached by current and ex-Doncaster Knights players, coaches and back room staff, providing a clear and obvious route to the first team. Progression is judged on merit, students that excel in the Academy will have the opportunity to train with the Knights first team and be considered for selection. 

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

In 2019 the HE Team were promoted to the BUCS league Northern 1A, after an independent assessment, and won the competition at the first time of asking. From 2021/22 the Academy will compete in Premier North Two. 

Got what it takes? Apply here.

To learn more, contact Head of Academy, Tyson Lewis on or call 01302 831388.