We are now into our 4th 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, CEO of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust
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.
After suffering an injury during school rugby in New Zealand, Johnny came back to playing the game when he moved to the UK in 2013. Within two years he had gained his Level 2 coaching qualification and had represented Dorset & Wiltshire Senior rugby in the County Championship.
Johnny’s journey with Mad Dog started in 2013, coaching at the short intensive courses over the holidays, in 2015 he became a part time office based administrator, whilst coaching rugby at another School and in 2016 he began an Assistant Coach role at our programme at MOCS. Johnny’s engagement, progression and confidence in this role, along with his exceptional pastoral care was rewarded with a promotion within Mad Dog Sport to Head of Rugby at MOCS in 2017.
In 2018 Johnny took on the position as the Head of Wellbeing and Athletic Development for the company and this year along side continuing this headship, we welcome him back to a coaching role supporting Ryan Kirby at RWBA. His depth of knowledge will be a massive asset to the programme and the boys experience within it.
Outside of Mad Dog, Johnny has started his own private company ‘Hybrid Athletics Ltd’ building a mobile Athletic development and wellbeing company that we at Mad Dog are excited to benefit from. We wish him all the best with this as it starts to build.
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 children with adult participation.
Ryan is fulfilling his ambition in becoming a coach within the professional game and has recently been awarded 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.
In October 2020, Ryan was shortlisted in the UK Coaching Awards “Children and Young people’s Coach of the Year” category, down to the final three. We are so proud of Ryan on this excellent achievement.
We are excited about Ryan’s future at Mad Dog Sport C.I.C and beyond.