Melksham Oak 6th Form

Mad Dog Rugby Academy

The Academy is open to 6th form students of all rugby ability, whilst studying A levels or a BTEC. It utilises the power of rugby as a force for good, to encourage and nurture their young players to further themselves through education.

As a character developments programme the coaches focus on the players as individuals, helping to develop them into confident, respectful and considered young leaders, who set high standards within the school community, creating an aspirational pathway. Fully integrated into the timetable, the students benefit from healthy lifestyles through enhanced knowledge of nutrition and fitness, which in turn prepares them for life beyond school.

Lewis Moody

Players benefit from

  • On field training sessions
  • Weekly matches
  • Video analysis
  • Nutrition
  • Strength & conditioning lessons
  • 1 to 1 skill development and individualised player feedback sessions
  • Become RFU accredited Rugby Ready & Level 1 Rugby Coaches in year 12 and have the opportunity to undertake RFU accredited Scrum Factory
  • Level 12 coaching / Level 1 officiating qualifications in year 13

All players are enrolled on the RFU Young Rugby Ambassador programme and gain experience coaching the lower school years and are encouraged to continue their rugby at their grass roots clubs, in both a playing and getting involved in coaching capacity.


This particular Mad Dog player would admit to being rather disorganised and this contributed to rather poor academic performance in his Year 12 Biology. Unfortunately for him I was one of his teachers! He was fully engaged with his Mad Dog Rugby lessons, his Leadership skills developed and he started to see the benefits of the hard work he putting in. He gained in confidence and as a teacher I was able to support and challenge the student to deliver a similar work ethic in his academic lessons. As a result he has exceeded his predicted grade and found something diffierent within him. I am now able to discuss with him replicating the intensity needed in training to this Biology work.

Stephen Clark Head Teacher 2006-18

Mad Dog Team

Tom Bowen-Hall Head Mad Dog Coach
Johnny King Head of Wellness and Support Coach
Lewis Moody

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