Academy FAQ's

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Important information you need to know regarding the Doncaster Rovers Academy.

FAQ's
Do you have directions to the Keepmoat?
Please CLICK HERE for directions.

Where do I park when I get to the Keepmoat?
For all training, everybody should park in Car Park 3
KMS Car Park

If I’m a member of the Development do I get discounted tickets to games?
All players are entitled to a match ticket to all League One games. Parents and siblings may also claim a discounted ticket if ordered in advance. Email Academy@clubdoncaster.co.uk
You should request the number of tickets you’d like stating your sons name, group he’s trains in and his coach’s name. You will then be able to collect from the ticket office on match day.
Please CLICK HERE for a full fixture list.

How do I order tickets to watch the first team match?
Send a ticket request via email to academy@clubdoncaster.co.uk stating the amount of additional adults/children in addition to the player’s ticket. Tickets will be available to collect and pay for at the ticket office the day prior to the game.

Should I expect confirmation of my ticket request once I’ve emailed.
Yes, if you don’t receive a reply, we may not have received your ticket request.


DEVELOPMENT CENTRE/SKILLS ACADEMY DETAILS
Who do I contact if I want information?
Information is available on the club website. For additional information you can contact academy@clubdoncaster.co.uk or check our Facebook page HERE.

Is there a difference between Elite and Skills Academy?
At Doncaster Rovers, we believe that football is more than just a game. It has the power to develop a player’s confidence, social skills, creativity, athleticism and understanding of rules, structure and discipline. All players of every age and stage, no matter their reason for attending, should have the opportunity of an education through football.
Players in all groups are able to develop socially in a fun, safe environment. Sessions are delivered by expert, qualified coaches who boast years of experience and knowledge of football and more importantly how children learn.

The purpose of Skills Academy is to develop players individual techniques and structured to encourage and challenge each player to put said technique into practice through realistic and relevant practice games. Skills Academy is open to all players of all abilities; each player has individual tasks and challenges set at their own level.
Elite players are given individual objectives which could be technical, physical or psychological and are linked to the desired outcomes of the overall team. Elite is an invitation only session. Players in this group can progress directly into the Academy.

Can my son progress from Skills Academy/Elite into the Academy programme?
Yes, the whole development programme, Elite and Skills are an integral part of our clubs recruitment process. Players can be identified from either programme directly into the Academy. Over the past 3 years, 90% of all players signed at Doncaster Rovers Academy have come through our development programme.

Is there a difference in ability between the two Elite groups?
No, the only reason there are 2 different groups is to offer a choice of days to train. For more information, please check our TIMETABLE HERE.

What does my son need to do to get into the Academy?
Every player within the development programme becomes part of our talent identification system. Any player who shows the level of performance or potential close to that of our Academy players will be offered an opportunity to train with the Academy as part of our Pre Academy. CLICK HERE to see our Academy Player Profiles.

If my son signs for Doncaster Rovers Development/Skills can he still play for his Grassroots club?
Yes, we encourage every player to continue to play and train with their grassroots club. CLICK HERE to download our grassroots club letter.

What’s the best way for me to get information about training and games?
Communication via Facebook and twitter feeds is the most easily accessible. You can also email development@clubdoncaster.co.uk with any questions.

When is training for my X year old?
The training schedule is available online by CLICKING HERE.

How much does the Development centre cost per month and what do I get for that?
The cost of training is £20 per month. The programme runs for 9 months of the year but payments are spread over 12 months to keep the monthly cost as low as possible. This price covers the cost of tuition and a free child ticket to every home game as well as discounted tickets for family members.
Download our Direct Debit Form HERE
Download our Registration Form HERE

It’s a 1st team matchday, will training still be on? Where do I park?
Parking is allocated to Development centre members in car park 3 for every training session. Training will take place even when the 1st team are at home. (NB for certain cup games or local derbies this may change) *

How often will we get feedback on my son’s progress?
There are 2 formal review periods each year, December and May. Feedback in between can be gained by requesting an appointment directly with your son’s coach at a mutual time suitable to both.


KIT
Does my son need kit? How do I order kit?
Kit is optional for all development centre players to train. However, any player who wishes to represent the club in matches must purchase the Red & White replica home jersey and have plain black shorts and red socks.
One jersey per player registered is available from the club shop at a reduced price.
These must be ordered and may not be available to buy on the day directly from the shop.
To order training kit or match kit please go directly to the club shop who will take you through the full process.
The Development centre staff are not involved in the kit ordering or distribution process. Please instead email drfcclubshop@justsport-group.com


PARENTS
What are the expectations of me as a parent when my son is at Doncaster Rovers?
We hope to involve parents in the development process as much as possible. A player’s development is not the responsibility of our coaches or the player alone; it must be a collective, open and honest relationship where each person understands their role in the development process.

We are developing parent workshops for those interested in supporting their son/daughters development and the new Skills Passport is an opportunity for the Player and parent to join together to monitor and reward learning and achievement.

We have a firm belief that players should take responsibility for learning at any age and stage. Our coaches are challenged to design practices that will encourage decision making and that will encourage players to explore, make mistakes and learn from them.

Because of this we have in place a parent’s code of conduct which will guide you as to the behaviours we expect parents to exhibit. We strongly request that all parents limit instruction from the sidelines, not only can it create a negative environment but it doesn’t allow players to make decisions themselves and will slow down the development process.


SCOUTING
Can my son be scouted for Doncaster Rovers?
Yes, although our main method for player identification is to work with grassroots clubs and coaches. We rarely deploy scouts to games especially outside our area.
Our main method of scouting players is through our development centre. To apply for a free trial at the Development centre email development@clubdoncaster.co.uk

What’s the difference between Skills Academy & Development?
Firstly, there isn’t one above the other when it comes to opportunity to move into the Academy. The Skills Academy (AKA Skills Xtra) is a structured programme of techniques into skills that range from basics to advanced. People often write in to say their son is doing “things they did 3 years ago” Football is a late specialisation sport and because of this players should spend all of their foundation years (5-11) acquiring & developing all techniques and skills. This programme is designed to challenge players across that age range, to push their ability to perform a technique with more fluidity, autonomy and use to engage and beat players more effectively with a firm understanding of when and where to use the change of speed and direction effectively.
Elite Development is a select programme of players who the coaches have identified as being potentially talented players. This doesn’t mean they have more opportunity of progression than those in Skills Academy.


GOALKEEPING
My son is in the GK Academy, will he play games?
Each time the development squads have a fixture a GK is selected from the GK Academy to represent the club. Goalkeepers are selected based on merit and performance in the training sessions and will usually be notified during the week leading up to the game. NB. We do not guarantee that any player will be selected for a game, some may be asked to play but this is not part of the programme or tuition fee.

When is Goalkeeping for my son/daughter?
We have 2 evenings for GK sessions. Monday evening and Wednesday evening 5-8pm. Sessions are split by age group 5-6pm, 6-7pm, and 7-8pm. To join please contact development@clubdoncaster.co.uk


JOINING DONCASTER ROVERS
I want some extra training for my son/daughter; can he/she join Doncaster Rovers?
Yes, we have a session for all players aged 6-15. We have groups to cater for players of all abilities, those with potential and those who are just looking for professional training in a fun, safe environment. To join please contact development@clubdoncaster.co.uk

I want to register my son/daughters’ to play with Doncaster Rovers, what do I do?
Please contact development@clubdoncaster.co.uk , state your son’s name, d.o.b, current club and a contact name, address and phone number.
You will be contacted within 48 hours by one of our recruitment team who will offer you details of available sessions.

What does my son need to bring with him to his session?
All players MUST bring shin pads and a drink. All players should also be in appropriate clothing for the weather and environment.
We ask that all players arrive at the changing rooms in training shoes and change into football boots. All players must bring trainers and boots to every session and match.

Can my daughter join your skills programme?
Yes, we encourage all players to join and attend.


FIXTURES
Will my son play games if he joins Doncaster Rovers?
There is a fixture schedule for the development centres. Fixtures are mainly scheduled for Pre Academy and Elite Development teams on Saturdays or on a training night.

Does everybody play games?
No there is no guarantee that any player will play games. We do have a fixture programme; players are invited to take part in the games on a monthly basis. This is an additional extra to the programme and is not included in the monthly fee.

Is there a fixture list for my son’s age group?
There is a fixture list which is shared with the coaches. Coaches will inform players and parents of fixtures with 2 weeks notice.

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