Launched in September 2015, Mad Dog Rugby 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, Former 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, Former Deputy Head at Melksham Oak School

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Following the advice from the Government to combat the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), all community games have been suspended for the rest of the rugby season.




Tom Bowen-Hall

Tom Bowen-Hall

Tom Bowen-Hall joined Mad Dog Sport in August 2017 as the Assistant Coach at Melksham Oak School and within a year was promoted to Head of Rugby.

Tom began coaching rugby whilst studying for a Business and Management degree at Aberystwyth University. His passion for coaching and desire to improve led him to a Master’s degree in Sports Coaching attained from the University of Gloucestershire. During this time Tom completed his RFU Level 2 coaching qualification and took up the Head Coach role for Frampton Cotterell Colts. Alongside this role, he also coaches the U15’s DPP squad at Bristol Rugby.

Last year Tom expanded his role within the company taking over the lead in Transition for all players and through his dedication to his coaching and vision has been promoted this summer to Head of Rugby Operations across all schools.

Tom has recently been awarded his RFU Level 3 qualification and has been promoted to a Centre Manager for Bristol Bears’ Pathway Academy.

In October 2020, Tom was shortlisted in UK Coaching Awards “Children and Young people’s Coach of the Year” category, down to the final three. We are so proud of Tom on achieving this recognition.

We are delighted to have seen Tom’s progression through Mad Dog and look forward to seeing what this year holds with developing MOCS and Mad Dog further.