We are now into our 3rd year with our Mad Dog programme at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. Each year has been a great success, this squad really embodies the values of Mad Dog rugby and their unity shines through. We are looking forward to seeing how the new players integrate this September 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.
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.
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 players. He is the owner of Tinies Rugby Ltd, a fast growing rugby initiative for 2, 3 & 4 year olds with adult participation.
Ryan is fulfilling his ambition in becoming a coach within the professional game and is currently undertaking his RFU Level 3 qualification.
Ryans’ promotion to Head of Rugby at Royal Wootton Bassett in January 2019 has seen him go from strength to strength, seamlessly transitioning into this role. Ryan is also our Social Media strategist and manages all the platforms for the company.
We are excited about Ryan’s future at Mad Dog Sport C.I.C.
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.
We are delighted to have Greg on board and look forward to seeing where his drive can take him within the company. With aspirations to become a Head of Rugby operations, we are excited for the future!