Mad Dog Rugby Academy Melksham Oak
- Category: Sixth Form: A Step Further
Mad Dog Team
Alex Burns - Head Coach
Alex moved into coaching after suffering a long term knee injury whilst at school. He quickly developed a passion for coaching, and was afforded three fantastic opportunities to develop his coaching skills in New Zealand, South Africa and at the world renowned rugby school Millfield. Upon completing a sport & exercise science degree with the University of Bath, Alex took up his current position of head coach at Melksham Oak School.
In addition to his role with Mad Dog Sport, he coaches with Bath Rugby’s DPP & EPDG (pre-cursor age groups to the Bath Academy). Alex is the process of completing his RFU Level 3 qualification, as well as making a slow and steady return to the pitch as a player with Bradford-on-Avon RFC.
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.
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.