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Youth Development Phase

The Development Phase covers players and teams between the Foundation Phase and the U18s (ages 13-16). This stage focuses on developing young players and working on the technical and tactical understanding of the game.

More specifically they work on pitch size transition, 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.

The Development Phase has been able to continually test their skills against some of the best Academies in the country with matches against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester City. In all matches, Rovers youngsters have always given themselves a fantastic account. Alongisde the EFL's games programme the Academy like to ensure there is a wide-range of friendly matches arranged throughout the season involving clubs from category one, two and three Academies.  

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. Currently, in the first-team set-up there is Louis Jones, Liam Ravenhill, Tavonga Kuleya, Bobby Faulkner and Jack Goodman who have all made their way through this age group and into the first-team.

Lead Youth Development Phase Coach: Lee Walshaw

Youth Development Phase News

Academy 23 October 2023

Rovers schoolboys thrive at EFL tournament

Rovers schoolboys (U9s-U14s) participated in the EFL's weekend of festivals with two age groups coming away with the top prize.

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Academy 6 September 2023

REPORT | Rovers U17s 1 Lincoln U17s 3 (Floodlit Cup)

Rovers U17s fell to an opening day defeat in the EFL U17s Floodlit Cup as they were beaten by reigning champions Lincoln City on the Eco-Power Stadium 3G pitch.

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Academy 5 September 2023

Under 17s EFL Floodlit Cup campaign to get underway

Rovers U17s will get their EFL Floodlit Cup group stage underway this evening as they welcome reigning champions Lincoln City to the Eco-Power Stadium 3G at 7pm.

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Academy 4 July 2023

Rovers Academy form partnership with A1 Football Factory

Doncaster Rovers Academy have formed a partnership with A1 Football Factory to help unearth potential stars of the future.

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