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Clive Woodward

Clive Woodward

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£10,000 - £15,000

Type of Entertainment
Speaker - Motivational

Great For...
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies, Launch Events

Sir Clive Woodward was the Manager of the England Rugby World Cup winning team.

Clive was educated at HMS Conway Naval School and Loughborough University where he obtained a degree in Sports Science and was later honoured with a Doctorate. He captained Loughborough University’s rugby team and moved on to play for the Harlequins and Leicester, two of England’s most successful rugby clubs of the era. As an International player he was a mainstay at outside centre for England for 5 years during which time he won 21 caps and toured twice with the British Lions.

Whilst playing, Clive’s business career flourished and his positive contribution within the UK marketplace was recognised when his employers, Rank Xerox offered him a senior role in Sydney where he quickly established himself as a high-achiever in this highly competitive business environment. Whilst developing his business and management credentials, he also enjoyed a successful period as captain of Manly Rugby Club.

Returning to England with his wife and family, he established his own successful company and having retired as a player, began his remarkable career as a rugby coach with the Henley Rugby Club. During this time he combined his coaching and business careers to great effect and enjoyed several highly successful seasons of coaching with London Irish, Bath and the England Under 21s. This culminated with his appointment in 1997 by the Rugby Football Union as England Rugby’s first full-time professional Head Coach.

He immediately transformed the traditional practices of previous set-ups, introducing business principles, setting long term goals, paying attention to detail and planning the personal development of individuals in the basic skills, tactics and strategy of modern rugby.  He not only changed the way the game was coached but also challenged accepted practice in how the game was played.

The resulting transformation of the national side led to England beating the world’s most historically dominant teams on a regular basis. England’s rise to number one ranking in the world was achieved with a record-breaking sequence of victories and ultimately led to glory with victory over Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final in Sydney 2003. On his return from this unique sporting achievement, Clive was Knighted for his services to rugby.

In 2005 he led the British and Irish Lions on their tour to New Zealand, unfortunately results wise it was not a successful tour and they lost the series. Following a lifetime’s enthusiasm and a youth spent playing the game, Clive then entered the world of football, joining Southampton FC as Technical Director and later becoming Director of Football. During this time he became a fully qualified UEFA football coach.

In 2006, following the successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Clive was approached to join the British Olympic Association. As Olympic Performance Director he worked in partnership with all UK sports key stakeholders in the preparation and delivery of the games for our National Sports Governing bodies.

The joint aim was to support our national coaches, athletes and players to maximize their success for 2012 and beyond. He has been Deputy Chef de Mission for Team GB at both the Beijing Olympic Games, where Team GB came 4th in the medal table and Vancouver Winter Games.

Clive maintains a healthy interest in rugby as a member of the Board of Directors at Leicester and works hard to improve on his handicap of 6 in golf! He is a Corporate Ambassador for the Wooden Spoon and Patron of several other charities.

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