Sir Clive Woodward

Clive enjoyed a highly successful business career whilst playing International rugby as an amateur. After retiring as a player he began his remarkable coaching career. After success at club level and England U21’s Clive became the first ever fulltime professional Head Coach of England.


He immediately set about challenging the traditional practices by 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 revolutionised the way the game was coached and played. The role gave him the perfect opportunity to combine his skill and knowledge of business and sport to create a winning team.


The resulting transformation of the national side delivered the world number 1 ranking and the ultimate glory of winning the Rugby World Cup in Sydney 2003. Clive was knighted for his services to rugby.


In 2006 he joined the British Olympic Association and, as Director of Sport for Team GB, has worked in close partnership with all key Stakeholders in British sport to support our national coaches, athletes and players to deliver the most successful Olympic Games for Team GB in the modern era. The team won 65 medals, including 29 Gold medals, finishing in third position in the overall Olympic medal table.