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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


Rovers Academy enjoyed an excellent half-term programme

3 November 2020

Rovers Academy youngsters have enjoyed an excellent half-term programme welcoming young sides from Championship and Premier League clubs as they continue to develop as young players and young people.

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Tony Mee raises more than £1,500 for HDA

1 June 2020

Tony Mee raises more than £1,500 for Huntington Disease Association.

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EFL statement: Academy games programme

1 May 2020

On Friday, the EFL confirmed that the Academy Games Programme for the 2019/20 season has been terminated with immediate effect.

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Schoolboy and Youth Team games postponed

13 March 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Academy, youth team and schoolboy games have been postponed until April 3.

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