We are now into our 2nd year with our Mad Dog programme at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. Last year was a great success and we are looking forward to seeing how the new players integrate and the squad develop over the next year…
“I am massively excited about this partnership between RWBA Sixth Form and Mad Dog Rugby. 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.
19/9 v Sheldon
26/9 v Cotswold School
10/10 v Marling School
29/11 v KES
06/12 v Beechen
12/12 v MDS PHS
30/1 v Marlborough College
13/2 v MDS Triangular
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 the position of Head Coach at Melksham Oak School in 2015.
With a move to Royal Wootton Bassett Academy in 2017, Alex continue’s his role as Head of Rugby, as well as embarking on his promotion to Director of Rugby for the company, where he is developing and monitoring the full rugby programme and coaches development.
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 he is excelling, as we expected 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). He also guided the Bath Rugby League squad to winning the league this summer. Alex has recently completed his RFU Level 3 qualification.
Ryan Kirby joined Mad Dog Sport in August 2017, as the Assistant Coach at The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.
Ryan played Hooker/Flanker for Mold RFC in North Wales until he was 16 when he successfully gain a place in the London Wasps Academy. He went on to captain the side in the final at Twickenham in 2012. Whilst at Wasps Ryan also played for Welsh Exiles and Welsh Charitable’s.
In 2014 he played for RGC 1404 – North Wales Premiership side and also completed his Level 2 Coaching qualification. He returned to play for Mold RFC in 2015 and in 2016 was appointed as the Head Coach for the Youth section, who under his guidance, won the League.
Ryan is constantly challenging himself to improve as a coach and works hard to give opportunities to young payers from 5 years old up, organising summer camps at Mold RFC during the holidays.
Ryan is fulfilling his ambition in becoming a professional Coach, with aspirations to complete his Level 3 in the near future and progress up through the company.