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.

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



Andy Brownhill

Andy Brownhill

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 he started his coaching career at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, helping develop and run the schools rugby programme, 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 an Academy Pathway Coach for the Gloucester Academy. He is also coaching within the Scottish Qualified Program, focusing on their U16s & U17s teams.

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 is excelling in his role as Head of Mad Dog Rugby at Park House School and Head of Rugby Operations across all schools within Mad Dog Sport.

Andy is an integral part of the company and we are looking forward to seeing how he develops within his roles and where he takes the programme.

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 to complete 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.