Education and sports chiefs team up to form Doncaster rugby college

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Education and sporting chiefs have teamed up to launch a new academy in Doncaster.

The University Centre Doncaster and The Knights have joined forces to nuveil a new academy of sport aimed at developing elite rugby players alongside studying academic qualifications

The Academy of Sport will allow students to fully prepare for a career in sport with much more than a qualification.

Students will have opportunities to learn and play in a professional sporting environment, which it is hoped will lead to improved progression routes in their chosen field.

The full time rugby development centre will cater for two age groups - 16-18 year-olds and post 18 students - studying degrees in either sports science or PE and coaching.

Players accepted will complete all their rugby activity at the club, utilising professional facilities.

Russ Horsley, sports academy manager at the uinversity centre said: “Both further education and higher education students will reap the benefits of such a local partnership with a professional club like Doncaster Knights.

“This includes two hours of rugby coaching a day as delivered by the Doncaster RFC coaching team in line with a weekly games programme.”

Lisa Davis, community rugby manager added. “We are hugely excited about the development and future of the academy of sport, it puts the club in a fantastic position to attract talented young players.

“Having a successful academy system in place can only benefit the club as a whole and I am very excited about the project getting started.”

Students will have access to the same sports science and medicine support that Knights players receive as well as working towards additional coaching and referee qualifications.

The academy is due to open in September.

For more information visit the open day Doncaster College on January 14 or contact Russ on 01302 553972 or visit