ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT ACADEMY RUGBY

POWERED BY MAD DOG SPORT

The partnership with Royal Wootton Bassett Academy started back in 2016. With quality coaching in place, the programme has been a great success, with every squad really embracing the values and standards of Mad Dog rugby. In September 2021 we launched the girls programme, including ’Strong Girls Club’ and have seen over 50 girls getting involved from which we formed our first U15’s 7’s squad that attended the Rosslyn Park National School’s 7’s tournament.

“Mad Dog Sport is more than just sport, or even rygbi (rugby) for that matter. It is a feeling of togetherness; of family and support for one another beyond the sports field. Students who aspire to belong to this group understand very quickly that whilst talent and skill in sport may enable you to play rygbi (rugby) at more advanced levels; the personal development and the physical and emotional wellbeing that evolves from being a Mad Dog student is worth so much more to each of them.
Their desire to make sport equitable chimes with everything we aim to do as a school. I could not be happier to partner Mad Dog at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.”
Anita Ellis, Headteacher RWBA

Check out Royal Wootton Bassett Acadamy here https://www.rwba.org.uk/

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RWBA NEWS

Opportunity for Head Coach and Mentor

This is a brilliant opportunity to become part of Mad Dog Sport, owned by former England Rugby International, Lewis Moody, which integrates full time 6th form Rugby programmes and Junior Academy pathways into State Schools and Academies. The programmes sit alongside academic studies; A’levels and BTECS, with a focus on developing rugby engagement and performance, delivering wellbeing and life skills and supporting student’s with their academic goals and post school aspirations.

Empowering girls through school rugby

After a difficult 18 month pandemic, we are proud to open up the Mad Dog rugby enrichment programme to girls.
“It’s been a long time coming but I am beyond excited that we are now able to offer the same opportunities to both girls and boys. We have wanted to see the benefits of rugby and wellbeing delivered across the school to all students equally for quite some time…

Tackling mental health with Brave Mind

Today we announced our fantastic partnership with Brave Mind. This will, without doubt, increase our provision and the support we can give to our students and coaching team, as well as spread the word about the fantastic and important work Brave Mind are doing.

Mad Dog Coach named “UK Coach of the Year”

We are Incredibly proud to announce that Tom Bowen-Hall our Head of Rugby at Melksham Oak School and Head of Rugby Operations across all schools, has been named ‘Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year’ at the UK Coaching Virtual Awards ceremony last night!

THE RWBA TEAM

Director of Rugby - MDS/Head of Rugby - RWBA

– Master’s degree in Sports Coaching attained from the University of Gloucestershire
– RFU Level 3 qualification
– Centre Manager for Bristol Bears Pathway Academy

Assistant Rugby Coach & Mentor: RWBA

– Gemma has earned 19 International 15s caps, 10 International 7s caps, played in the World Cup 2017
– RFU Level 2 coach
– Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan Uni.

Tom Bowen-Hall

Director of Rugby – MDS/Head of Rugby – RWBA


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.
 
Since joining us, Tom has progressed nicely through Mad Dog taking over the lead in Transition for all players in 2019 and through his dedication to his coaching and vision was promoted in 2020 to Director of Rugby, across all schools.
 
Tom has recently been awarded his RFU Level 3 qualification, taken on a Head Coach role for Kingswood RFC and has been promoted to a Centre Manager for Bristol Bears’ Pathway Academy.
In October 2020, Tom won the UK Coaching Award for “Children and Young people’s Coach of the Year”. We are so proud of Tom on achieving this recognition.
 
We are delighted to have supported Tom’s journey through Mad Dog and with a move to Head of Rugby at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, we are looking forward to seeing him develop the squad and Mad Dog Sport further.


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 was promoted in 2020 to Director of Rugby, 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, winning the overall award. We are so proud of Tom on achieving this recognition.

We are delighted to have seen Tom’s progression through Mad Dog and with a move to Head of Rugby at Royal Wootton Bassett we are looking forward to seeing what this year holds with developing the RWBA squad and Mad Dog Sport further.

Gemma Rowland

Assistant Rugby Coach & Mentor: RWBA


Gemma Rowland joined Mad Dog Sport in August 2021 as the Assistant Coach at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. Gemma first started playing rugby whilst attending Colston’s School, after persuading the school to allow girls to play rugby as an extra curricular activity – her school team went on to win the Rosslyn Park National School 7s; twice. With a new found passion for rugby, Gemma continued playing whilst attending Exeter University, where she studied Sport and Exercise Science, and upon graduating, joined the British Army as a Commissioned Officer.

High motivation and ambitious in nature, Gemma has successfully balanced her military career with her devotion to rugby throughout her career; representing both the British Army and UK Armed Forces on the field. In 2015, she was awarded her first International cap for Wales, in the 6 Nations opening game against England. Since then, Gemma has earned 19 International 15s caps, 10 International 7s caps and played in the World Cup 2017 and Commonwealth Games 2018. After completing her RFU Level 2, and delivering coaching to a variety of teams within the Army, Gemma realised she had a passion for coaching, as an avenue to pass on the knowledge and playing experience she has gained. Gemma is excited for the opportunity to further develop her coaching ability as part of the Mad Dog team.

Off of the field, Gemma has recently completed a Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University, with a focus on Long Term Athletic Development in youth athletes; knowledge which she hopes to build on under the Mad Dog Athletic development programme.

Gemma is also an ambassador for the Mental Health charity ‘Brave Mind’; she believes that mental and physical wellness programmes are essential for young people to better understand how to cope with the pressures and stressors of daily life; something which we place great emphasis on in the Mad Dog Programme.

Gemma Rowland

Assistant Rugby Coach & Mentor: RWBA


Gemma Rowland joined Mad Dog Sport in August 2021 as the Assistant Coach at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. Gemma first started playing rugby whilst attending Colston’s School, after persuading the school to allow girls to play rugby as an extra curricular activity – her school team went on to win the Rosslyn Park National School 7s; twice. With a new found passion for rugby, Gemma continued playing whilst attending Exeter University, where she studied Sport and Exercise Science, and upon graduating, joined the British Army as a Commissioned Officer.

High motivation and ambitious in nature, Gemma has successfully balanced her military career with her devotion to rugby throughout her career; representing both the British Army and UK Armed Forces on the field. In 2015, she was awarded her first International cap for Wales, in the 6 Nations opening game against England. Since then, Gemma has earned 19 International 15s caps, 10 International 7s caps and played in the World Cup 2017 and Commonwealth Games 2018. After completing her RFU Level 2, and delivering coaching to a variety of teams within the Army, Gemma realised she had a passion for coaching, as an avenue to pass on the knowledge and playing experience she has gained. Gemma is excited for the opportunity to further develop her coaching ability as part of the Mad Dog team.

Off of the field, Gemma has recently completed a Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University, with a focus on Long Term Athletic Development in youth athletes; knowledge which she hopes to build on under the Mad Dog Athletic development programme.

Gemma is also an ambassador for the Mental Health charity ‘Brave Mind’; she believes that mental and physical wellness programmes are essential for young people to better understand how to cope with the pressures and stressors of daily life; something which we place great emphasis on in the Mad Dog Programme.