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Foundation Phase

The Foundation Phase covers the U9-U12 teams with the main focus of training on having fun, enjoying their football while mastering the fundamentals of the game.

At this level, coaches and teams focus on mastering skills, learning deliberate practice, expressing creativity and enjoying the game. This is with the aim to make sure they are technically sound, have the physical movement, make them 1v1 solo artists, learn how to adapt and learn while playing with no fear.

At Foundation level, the teams will play regular friendly matches against other academies such as Scunthorpe, Rotherham and Burton Albion in order for all players to learn more about game play.

They will also have the option to attend football festival weekend and the Sheffield Trophy which focus on enjoyment of tournament football.  In the 2018/19 season, the U12 team were given the opportunity to travel to Milan in order to continue their development.

Leading into the 2019/20 season, teams from Florida, New York and Arizona have visited the Keepmoat Stadium as part of their tours to the UK. This provides fantastic experiences for our younger players to pit their wits against talents from overseas.

Foundation Phase News


Rovers Academy’s Coppinger Cup a success

18 May 2021

Rovers Academy's Coppinger Cup - held at the Club Doncaster Academy pitches next to the Keepmoat Stadium - was a big success.

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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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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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Foundation Phase join up with TopTekkers to provide fun home training

30 March 2020

Rovers Academy have joined up with TopTekkers to provide a perfect home training solution for youngsters in the club’s Foundation Phase.

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