Stewart to try to pass on knowledge

COACH: Stewart Sanderson, a star for the Doncaster Dons, is offering students at Doncaster College the chance to combine study with rugby.

COACH: Stewart Sanderson, a star for the Doncaster Dons, is offering students at Doncaster College the chance to combine study with rugby.

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Students at Doncaster College are being given the chance to be coached rugby by a Dons league star.

The college has joined forces with the Doncaster rugby league football club to offer students an exciting opportunity to combine study with rugby - with the help of current Dons powerhouse Stewart Sanderson.

Off the field Stewart is a sports lecturer at the college and aims to help students develop their rugby skills and fitness alongside their chosen course.

He said: “We have great facilities here and there are a lot of talented players out there even though Doncaster is not a rugby league hub in the way some other towns in the north are.

“We are trying to change that and show that if we can build a good team, then hopefully we can build a good academy and go on and make it one of the best in Yorkshire.”

Students will be able to play and train at the Keepmoat Stadium whilst studying in subjects in sport and leisure, employment, sport and exercise science and additional qualifications in rugby league coaching.

They will also have the chance to take part in fitness testing sessions with professional players from the Dons.

The 28-year-old said: “I love my job both playing and teaching. I’d like to think that my knowledge from six or seven years professional experience is a help and when students see professional coaching it can inspire and motivate them.”