Launched in September 2015, the Mad Dog Academy at Melksham Oak Community School was our first integrated programme. With a focus on giving students a positive physical outlet with high standards and values, whilst encouraging their academic studies, the programme has had great results.

“James would admit to being rather disorganised and this contributed to rather poor academic performance in his Year 12 Biology. Unfortunately for James I was one of his teachers! James 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 was putting in. James 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 James has exceeded his predicted grade and found something different within him. I am now able to discuss with James replicating the intensity needed in training to his Biology work”
Stephen Clark, Head Teacher at Melksham Oak School

“Zac joined us from another school, without perhaps having achieved the grades that he’d have liked. Our approach, as a school and as a rugby academy, to be as inclusive as possible has meant that not only has Zac been able to further his studies, he has absolutely flourished as a player and a leader. In the classroom, he has shown a real commitment to his education, and his teachers are extremely proud of the efforts that he has shown to be as successful as possible come the end of Year 13. There is no doubt whatsoever that the opportunity to join the Mad Dog Academy at Melksham Oak has enabled Zac to flourish in ways that would not otherwise have been possible”
Owen Vince, Deputy Head at Melksham Oak School

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Results – Season 2016/17

– Clarendon Won
– Filton Lost
– St Laurence Won
– Dauntseys Won
– Weston Won
– Beechencliff Won
– Millfield Won
– Trowbridge Baa Baas Won
– Chippenham Colts Won
– Filton Won

Alex Burns

Alex Burns

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.

Alex will be taking the position of Head Coach at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy in September. Since Alex came on board with Mad Dog Sport he has thrived as a coach and mentor, proven through the excellent development shown within the squad at Melksham Oak School. His attention to detail and eagerness to progress as a coach is undeniable and we are excited to see what he will do with the squad at RWBA.

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 in 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.

Johnny King

Johnny King

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 qualification and had represented Dorset & Wiltshire rugby in the County Championship. Having coached rugby at St Laurence School for the previous two years, he is now forwards and Assistant Coach at Melksham Oak’s Mad Dog Academy.

Johnny has aspirations to work towards his level 3 coaching qualification and is looking forward to being Head Coach at Melksham Oak from September, as well as playing the game he loves for as long as possible.