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Welcome to Club Doncaster Foundation

Club Doncaster Education (formerly known as Doncaster Rovers Education) was set up in 2008 to engage post-16 learners in Doncaster and surrounding areas in education through the catalyst of sport. Expanding at an impressive rate, adding to our ranks with a team of fully qualified teachers, teaching assistants, and an impressive academy team all based within our five classrooms based at the Keepmoat stadium.

The education arm’s objectives are to:

  • Provide high quality, flexible and responsive courses that increase the participation of young people
  • Develop pathways for progression enabling learners to further achieve qualifications and employment opportunities
  • Enable learners to fulfil their potential through outstanding teaching, learning and assessment

Our unique curriculum has been designed to give learners the opportunity to develop their employment pathways within the sporting field. Students have the chance to develop their coaching skills and knowledge through a curriculum built up of vocational qualifications. Additional training and qualifications are provided to accelerate the personal development of our students. All learners who do not achieve an A-C in their GCSE’s at school are able to undergo further lessons and re-sit their exams in the hope to improve their grade.

A full time study programme consists of choosing one course from four options of study:

  • Traineeship
  • Active IQ Level 2 Award in Sport and Leisure
  • BTEC Level 3 90 Credit / Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science

Along with learners taking part in the following:

  • DRFC Foundation Football Academy - 8 hours training sessions per week plus fixtures (learners must undertake trials to secure their position)
  • The Dons Foundation Rugby League Academy - 8 hours training sessions per week plus fixtures (learners must undertake trials to secure their position)
  • Match day ball boy/girl duties
  • Enrichment activities (Multi-sports inc; cricket, gold, ultimate Frisbee, gym instruction, rugby, football etc.)
  • Media training (e.g match day analysis, video and photography)
  • English and Maths study
  • 20 volunteer hours
  • One week residential trip
  • Overseas football tour (Football academy students only)


Our results for 2013/14 were exceptional and we pride ourselves on achieving our headline statistics for success, retention and achievement all above the national averages compared to other education providers across the country.

Our results are as follows:

  • Achievement  of qualifications 96%
  • 100% of learners were satisfied with their course
  • 99% of learners would recommend our courses to a friend
  • 70% of learners feel more positive about their career prospects after completing a year of study with DRFC
  • 63% of learners aged 16-19 feel more confident in themselves after completing a year of study with DRFC

Student Package:

  • All students will receive a Doncaster Rovers FC season ticket
  • All students will receive a Dons Rugby League season ticket
  • Free student hooded top
  • Specialist extra-curricular football / rugby training by ex pro’s Jan Budtz and Tim Ryan
  • Player visits / training sessions
  • Reduced training kit package
  • Opportunity to be ball boys / girls on a match day
  • Play on the first team pitch

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Club Doncaster Foundation directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2015