TWO teams out yesterday it seems, and both WON! Great stuff.
Yes there's two age groups making up 'The Academy';
The BUCS team - British Universities & Colleges Sport, this is uni age so 18-22 depending on the timing of the lads birthdays. These are in Div 1A (North), there is a BUCS Super League with all the big hitters First XV's in - Loughborough, Hartpury, Oxbridge, Durham etc and then it splits regional.
The AoC side is the equivalent of Sixth Form/College age so 16-18 realistically. They played Brooksby College from Melton Mowbray who have a scholarship scheme with Leicester Tigers and feed into Loughborough too, so its decent pedigree!
So the lads can do their two years of further education with the Academy and then join a degree program and have another 3+ years, 5 years altogether potentially 16-21 of first class coaching and facilities and exposure to an inbuilt pathway to professional rugby!!!
Hopefully the Phoenix 1st and 2nd XV's reap the rewards of this and both climb a couple of steps in time to make the ultimate step into the Knights squad a smaller step?
There's already three graduates in the Knights squad; Sam Jones, Sam Pocklington and Will Holling and a fair few I understand that train regularly with the professionals and Allan Hudson, Will Burden and Seth Adams have already made appearances in friendlies and cup games!
Tyson Lewis heads the coaching staff of Richard List, Matt Challinor and Burghan Turghut currently but I'm sure they rope in other on-hand expertise to help with specific techniques and so the lads are very well drilled!!!
My nephew enrolled this September - he can't get enough of it now! It looks to be a great opportunity for lads that want to get stuck in.
Since the academy has started Phoenix have struggled to field two teams. There seems to be a limit to how much rugby the academy lads can play in one week including trainings meaning Saturday rugby is off limits. Long gone are the days of playing for school Saturday morning, club rugby Saturday afternoon and colts on sundays!
True - and there is some duplication of numbers as lots of the AoC age group make up the Colts side of the juniors but as the academy grows in size there should be a conveyor belt of 21 year olds dropping out post graduation - hopefully some that weren't already natural Phoenix players?
Depending where they are from some gravitate back to their home clubs but hopefully Donny becomes more attractive to lads from a wider catchment having gone through our academy system?
martinc: Enjoy your trip to Jersey lads. COYK! COYK! COYK!
Sept 1, 2017 13:34:49 GMT
kenner: Just a Question if I may? Why after a season and on to the second can we not get an actual picture of Aaron Carpenter on the players site? Did not someone just take team photos?
Sept 21, 2017 19:35:08 GMT
Sir Spicious: I fear there are rumours that Aaron may, in fact, be a vampire and as such his image does not reflect in mirrors nor can it be captured in a photo. I should, however, warn you this may be fake news.
Sept 27, 2017 10:35:26 GMT
davinor: What's happened to the back ex Ealing Trailfinders - one mention and then no more
Oct 6, 2017 10:34:59 GMT
davinor: What happened to the back brought in from Ealing Trailfinders - one mention and then nothing ddavinor
Oct 6, 2017 10:38:07 GMT
Sir Spicious: Played at the RAG last week. Due to play at Hartpury tomorrow.
Oct 6, 2017 20:37:48 GMT
thomasmachin: Interesting C V on wikopedia
Nov 13, 2017 16:24:14 GMT
thomasmachin: The venue for the Cardiff match appears to have changed for the third time.Unbelievable
Dec 15, 2017 11:14:49 GMT
iiiii: Should I be worried re trip to pirates ?will pitch dry out in time?
Feb 11, 2018 8:39:42 GMT
funches: How come there's only 3 games this weekend? Is it just scheduling or?
Mar 10, 2018 10:24:11 GMT
thomasmachin: It would appear that if we are to replace the departing players we had better be quick or all the available players will be signed by Ealing ,Coventry and Cornish Pirates!
Apr 20, 2018 8:14:16 GMT
barbelhunter: What a great re signing that is.
Apr 27, 2018 10:38:07 GMT
donnyknightsfan: that was absolutely dire today almost from start to finish apart from a spell in the 2nd half when we looked OK. players don't look motivated enough to me. they need a kick up the backside. the next two games v Bedford and Irish look a tough ask now.
Oct 6, 2018 21:04:32 GMT
thomasmachin: I don't think a Vera Brown tribute singer will sell the Forces Lunch as well as a Vera Lynn tribute singer !!
Oct 22, 2018 10:24:33 GMT
rodders: A bit random this one but are any Knights fans travelling to the Jersey game on Friday 1st March flying from East Midlands on the 10.55 flight out. 2 of us are looking for a lift to East Midlands airport unexpectedly. Happy to share costs of travel
Feb 17, 2019 19:52:21 GMT
donnyknightsfan: after yesterday's showing a new attacking coach and structure is needed ASAP. our attack is really poor. why don't we ever look to create space?. you're not going to beat championship defences by just running straight at them.
Apr 21, 2019 8:19:53 GMT
Ampthill vs Knights Saturday 25th January 2020
Doncaster Knights Team & Replacements
KNIGHTS XV: 15. Cameron Cowell 14. Howard Packman 13. Lloyd Hayes 12. Charlie Foley 11. Tyson Lewis 10. Sam Olver 9. Tom James 1. Robin Hislop 2. Ben Hunter 3. Colin Quigley 4. Morgan Eames 5. Matt Challinor 6. Tom Calladine 7. Wian Conradie 8. Ollie Stedman
Replacements: 16. George Edgson 17. Andrew Foster 18. Joe Sproston 19. Rory Pitman 20. Fotu Lokotui 21. Sam Pocklington 22. Kyle Evans 23. Jack Roberts