Mad Dog Rugby Academy

Derek Peaple Lewis Moody

We are delighted to announce that Park House School, generously supported by the Greenham Trust, will now be working in conjunction with Mad Dog Sport to become the first school in the area to establish the Mad Dog Rugby Academy.

Mad Dog Sport was launched in 2013 by Lewis Moody MBE. Lewis is widely regarded as one of England's greatest ever players. A former England Captain, World Cup Winner and British Lion, he was nicknamed 'Mad Dog' for the commitment and fearlessness with which he played.

Mad Dog Sport initially facilitated short, intensive courses for young players to develop their skills and confidence and in 2015 this developed into a full time Rugby programme set up and successfully piloted in three schools. In addition  to on-field player development the programme is also based on the RFU's Rugby Values, designed to develop confident, respectful and considered young leaders who will act as role models within the school and wider community.

Headteacher Derek Peaple said: "I am thrilled that students will now have the exciting opportunity to combine their academic studies in the Sixth Form with an integrated rugby coaching programme led and delivered by one of England’s all-time greats. Thanks to the generous support of the Greenham Trust this unique programme will inspire and support young local players to achieve their very best both in the classroom and on the rugby field."

Lewis Moody MBE, CEO of Mad Dog Sport Ltd said: "We are delighted to be launching the Mad Dog Academy at Park House School, where its values sit perfectly in line with what we strive to instill in all our players. The vision Mr Peaple has for the future of the school and the community is something we are excited to be a part of and our hope is that by providing these opportunities we are able to benefit both the students and the fantastic cohort of grass roots clubs in the area. We can’t wait to get started!"

Lewis Moody MBE
Lewis Moody MBE

This unique Rugby Academy Programme which will run from September 2018 which will:

  • enable students from across the region to continue to fulfil their academic potential alongside sporting excellence and participation

  • ensure of flow of young players into local clubs through links to the programme

  • offer new learning opportunities for post-16  education in a school context

  • develop an accredited team of young officials, coaches and ambassadors to support the growth of the game in local primary schools and across the local community.

The Academy Programme will be open Sixth Form players of all abilities whilst studying A Levels or BTECs.

Park House will be assigned two dedicated coaches who will work alongside Lewis and other members of the coaching team to provide:

  • Skills based training

  • Strength and conditioning training

  • Individual player and team video analysis

  • Access to cup competitions and leagues

  • RFU coaching and refereeing qualifications and delivery of the RFU Rugby Ambassador programme to enable  primary school and community club engagement

  • A lower school rugby programme to enable continuity into the 6th Form

  • Relevant work experience placements and internships

  • Nutrition and Wellbeing workshops

  • Players will have competitive exposure to weekly matches.

The programme will be available to all young players from across the local area as part of the Park House School from September 2018 and information and taster sessions will be held throughout the year for those interested in joining the programme. For further information contact Derek Peaple, Headteacher at Park House School.

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