Mad Dog Rugby Academy Melksham Oak
- Category: Sixth Form: A Step Further
Mad Dog Team
Johnny King - Head Coach
After suffering an injury during school rugby in New Zealand, Johnny came back to playing the game when he moved to the UK in 2013. Within two years he had gained his level 2 coaching certificate and had represented Dorset & Wilts rugby in the County Championship. Having coached rugby at St Laurence for the previous two years, he is now forwards and assistant coach with Melksham’s Mad Dog Academy.
Johnny has aspirations to work towards his level 3 coaching qualification and a head coaching role, as well as playing the game he loves for as long as possible.
I began coaching rugby whilst studying for a Business and Management degree at Aberystwyth University. My passion for coaching and desire to improve led me to a Master’s degree in Sports Coaching attained from the University of Gloucestershire. During this time I completed my RFU Level 2 coaching qualification and took up the Head Coach role for Frampton Cotterell Colts. Alongside this role, I also coach with Bristol Rugby’s DPP groups. I have future aspirations to achieve my Level 3 coaching qualification.
Lewis Moody MBE will go down in history as one of England’s finest and most charismatic rugby players. The former England Captain and World Cup Winner was nicknamed Mad Dog for the endless commitment and fearlessness with which he played, he never left anything on the pitch.
With 71 caps for his country Moody has a host of accolades to his name including two Six Nations titles, seven Premiership triumphs and two Heineken Cup wins; the former-England Captain is a true world rugby legend and a gentleman to boot. In 2012 he launched Mad Dog Sport, facilitating short intense rugby courses for young players to develop their skill set and all round confidence. In September 2015 this developed into a full time 6th form Rugby programme set up as an Academy within Melksham Oak community school. As was his aim, since retiring in 2012, Lewis’ drive and ambition is to develop young leaders in grass roots rugby around the world.