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Development Phase

The Development Phase covers players and teams between the Foundation Phase and the U18s. This stage focusing on developing young players and working on the technical and tactical understanding of the game.

More specifically they work on pitch size transition, their positional understanding, problem solving scenarios, learning movements and space awareness.

They will learn how to transfer skills to the bigger pitches, appreciate space on the grass, how to technically create space on the pitch, how to manage time and opportunity and working on their decisions to pass.

Ahead of the 2019/20 season, the development sides were given the opportunity to test their skills against one of the best academies in the world when they played against an academy side from Manchester City.

Once completing the Development Phase, the players will hope to be signed up to the U18s and become one step closer to the first-team.

Rovers players are always showing that it is possible to go right through the age groups with both Reeves Boocock and Lirak Hasani making their League debuts in the 2018/19 season. Boocock joined Rovers at U9s while Hasani joined at U12s.

Youth Development Phase News


Coppinger working with Academy

8 March 2022

Players from Rovers Academy Youth Development phase have begun working with club legend and now head of player development James Coppinger.

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Tony Cook's Academy review for October

1 November 2021

Tony Cook has reflected on what was another positive month for Doncaster Rovers’ Academy.

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Frank Sinclair joins the Academy coaching staff

4 October 2021

Former Chelsea and Leicester City defender Frank Sinclair has joined the coaching staff at Rovers’ Academy.

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Foundation and Development Phase finish September strongly

30 September 2021

Foundation and Development Phase age groups finish September strongly with positive results against Mansfield Town.

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