FAQs

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 2

DEVELOPMENT CENTRE/SKILLS ACADEMY DETAILS

Who do I contact if I want information?

Please contact development@clubdoncaster.co.uk or the Doncaster Rovers Development Pathway on facebook

Is there a difference between development pathway and match squads?

At the Development Pathway 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 match squads are a full ‘Academy Experience’ Players will train twice per week and play weekly fixtures during games phases of the season. Games will be against Academies, Development centres and local grassroots clubs.

Can my Son / Daughter progress from the Development Pathway into the Academy Programme?

Yes, the whole development pathway and match squads are an integral part of Doncaster Rovers FC recruitment process and the only official pathway in Doncaster.

If my Son/Daughter or child signs for Doncaster Rovers Development can he still play for his Grassroots club?

Yes, we encourage every player to continue to play and train with their grassroots club.

How much does it cost to join the Development Pathway?

The cost of training in the Development Pathway is £28 per month inclusive of VAT. The programme runs for 10 months but the payments are spread evenly over 12 months. *Initial and annual registration fee also applies. If your child is invited to join one of the match squads the payment would increase to £45 per month inclusive of VAT due to the increase in training sessions and match fixtures.

*Initial and annual registration fee applies.

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 2 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/Daughter or childs 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/Daughter or childs coach at a mutual time suitable to both.

KIT

Does my Son/Daughter or child 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 e kit.
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 doncastershop@eliteprosports.co.uk

PARENTS

What are the expectations of me as a parent when my Son/Daughter or child 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 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.

GOALKEEPING

My Son/Daughter or child 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 or child?

we have one evening a week for goalkeeper sessions, this is currently a Monday night. To join please contact ben.mawson@clubdoncaster.co.uk

JOINING DONCASTER ROVERS

What does my Son/Daughter or child 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. All players must bring trainers and boots to every session and match.