The 2nd Mad Dog Academy will launch this September at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. With a full intake in the first year, we are extremely excited to get started.

“I am massively excited about this partnership between RWBA Sixth Form and the Mad Dog Rugby Academy. The scheme offers a superb opportunity for local sportsmen, whilst being able to complete their academic studies within a supportive and successful environment.” George Croxford, Head Teacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Check out Royal Wootton Bassett Acadamy here.


Fixtures & Results will be posted here at the beginning of the Autumn term.

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.

Assistant coach to be announced soon…