Our Mad Dog Rugby programme hit the ground running this September at Park House School. Our squad, along with our brilliant coaches have integrated quickly and already displaying the values and behaviours expected by Mad Dog students. We are excited about how they will progress this year.
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.”
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Rugby has always been at the forefront of Andy’s personal development, as a young rugby player he represented Worcester & the North Midlands and in recognition for this, gained a place in Scotland’s Pathway Programme.
With age, coaching became Andy’s focus and over the past 3 years he has been at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, helping develop and run the schools rugby program, as well as mentoring the schools’ elite athletes.
On top of these roles he spent 3 season’s coaching with Worcester Warriors, as part of their pre-academy structure and is currently the Academy Pathway Coach for the Gloucester Academy. He also gained 4 years of experience, coaching the Scottish Qualified Program, focusing on their U16s & U17s teams. This role involved fixtures against Scotland U16’s, giving him valuable experience of International pathway fixtures.
Having been accepted onto the course last year, Andy is currently working towards his Level 3 Rugby Coaching Qualification, as well as being a Level 2 qualified Officiator & Fitness Instructor.
Rugby and player development is something Andy is extremely passionate about and he is looking forward to his role as Head of Mad Dog Rugby at Park House School.
Michael’s passion for coaching began whilst studying for a degree in Sports Coaching Science, at St Mary’s, in Twickenham and since graduating has spent the last few years up-skilling himself through various coaching roles.
On completion of his degree, he gained a position coaching for the Wasps DPP in Buckinghamshire, worked for the RFU All Schools Project, running fun and engaging sessions to non rugby students, whilst developing teachers and at his youth club, High Wycombe, he has been working with the Colts team and over the past three seasons, supported players through a smooth transition into senior rugby.
Alongside this, Michael has a variety of volunteer roles at his club, which led to him becoming one of the 12 members of the RFU National Youth Council, helping support the Young Rugby Ambassador programme, which rewards and develops volunteers in rugby between the ages of 14-25.
To add to his development as a coach, Michael holds a Level 2 Officiating qualification and is currently undertaking his Level 3 coaching qualification, which he is due to complete this year. This will no doubt aid him in pursuing the next steps within Mad Dog Sport and a long term career in Rugby coaching.