PARK HOUSE SCHOOL

Our Mad Dog Rugby programme hit the ground running in September 2018 at Park House School. Our squads, along with our brilliant coaches have integrated quickly and are displaying the values and behaviours expected by Mad Dog students. We are excited about how they will progress over the coming year.

Former 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.”

Check out Park House School here http://www.parkhouseschool.org

UPCOMING FIXTURES:

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.

 

 

Greg Ward

Greg Ward

Whilst studying Sports Science at Solent University, Greg got onto an RFU mentorship programme, which began his coaching journey on the England All Schools Project. During this time his experience grew further, through coaching University rugby and within the Hampshire County age group programme.

He went on to coach the University of Southampton Women’s 1st Team to league victory and promotion whilst also building a Development Team.  Consequently being awarded the Coach of the Year Award for Southampton University!

After graduation, he secured a full-time coaching role with Harlequins as a Community Rugby Coach and joined the coaching set up within their DPP Programme.

Since joining Mad Dog Sport Greg has become part of the Bath Rugby DPP set up and is applying for his Level 3 next year.

To add to an already impressive CV Greg is a Personal Trainer and works within the private sector outside of Mad Dog, as well as passing on his knowledge to our players during their Athletic development sessions.

After a cracking year at RWBA, we are delighted to have promoted Greg to the Head Coach position at Park House School this summer. With his wealth of knowledge and brilliant ideas around what he would like to implement, we are look forward to seeing how both the programme and Greg develop.

With aspirations to become a Head of Rugby operations, we are excited for the future!

Joe Whatmore

Joe Whatmore

Joe’s love for rugby started at 6 playing for his local club Basingstoke RFC and he continued through to the Academy.

Whilst playing rugby at the age of 16, he started coaching both rugby and judo, his other passion. He achieved both his Level 2 Coaching Qualifications in Rugby and Judo within a few years and continued to coach a range of different ages.

Once he finished his L3 Extended Diploma in Sport at college he made the decision to focus on his coaching career and was successful in acquiring a role as a Community Rugby Coach at London Irish. He continued to coach at his first club and was appointed, first as Assistant Coach and then Lead Coach for the Basingstoke RFC Academy Team.

Following his year at London Irish, he followed his other passion of judo and became employed as a professional judo coach for Iinkai Judo Club.

He continued to volunteer as a coach at Basingstoke RFC, took on the role of Club Coaching Co-Ordinator and was then successful in securing employment in the games Department at the Oratory Preparatory School.

In October 2019 he acquired the role of Assistant Coach at Oxford Brookes RFC. Since he has begun to work with Maddog he has continued to coach every week with the club. He remains one of their regular coaches and supports the team with training, assessing, analysing match videos and developing a defence philosophy.

He also supports Oxfordshire RFU as an Assistant Coach for the U18s and is in the process of applying for his RFU Level 3 Coaching Qualification.

Joe is an ambitious coach and one that we are excited to help develop within Mad Dog. He is a brilliant addition to the team.