Sir Clive Woodward is the Former England RFU Coach.
Furthermore, he was the British Olympic Director of Elite Performance.
Woodward became the first full-time coach of the England Rugby team in September 1997.
Clive attended Loughborough University and graduated with a Sports Science degree and a teaching qualification (PGCE).
As a rugby player, his first club was Harlequins, followed by Loughborough Students and Leicester.
He won 21 caps for England between 1980 and 1984 and toured twice with the British Lions.
Some have since said that even then, he was ahead of his time, an exciting and elusive player.
He worked in the UK and Australia for Rank Xerox, followed by Portfolio Leasing Australia throughout his playing career.
After returning to the UK, he established his own successful leasing company in 1990.
His coaching career began soon after he had returned to the UK at Henley. Under Clive’s leadership, the club gained three promotions in three successive seasons. He then coached London Irish, where they won promotion to the Premiership.
Clive coached England U21s for three seasons (1994-97). While coaching at Bath, he accepted the challenge to coach the England senior squad.
After transforming the national side, they began to beat southern hemisphere teams regularly. The England team was ranked No. 1 in the World and, as a result, won the 2003 World Cup.
In 2004 Clive Woodward was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours.
In September 2004, Sir Clive resigned as the RFU England coach.
Following the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, he switched to the football league.
Sir Clive became the Performance Director at Southampton Football Club. In 2006 he was appointed Director of Football.
Between 2006 and 2012, Sir Clive Woodward was the Director of Elite Performance for the British Olympic Association.
Sir Clive Woodward Coaching Philosophy & Keynote Speaker:
Woodward and his staff created a unique management system within international rugby, revolutionising the game both on and off the field.
Whether in sports or business, the principles of creating high-performance teams remain the same.
Leadership, Teamship, Partnership and Attention to Detail are critical to building a team. Team and Company Cultures may change, but the key ingredients for success remain consistent.
During Clive’s time with the England team, he established high-performance management systems incorporating players, coaches, technical, medical and admin units. These systems operated individually and collectively, guided by a set of winning behaviours, ultimately providing the framework for activities on and off the field.
It’s the establishment, recognition, and implementation of these principles that have enabled Sir Clive to meet his objectives of building a happy and successful team.
Sir Clive Woodward’s presentations provide you with an insight into the tools and methods that he has used as a World Cup-winning coach.
As one of the UK’s leading motivational speakers, Sir Clive delivers keynotes and workshops live and virtually.
DNA of a Champion
Based on the notion that “Great Teams Are Made of Great Individuals”, Clive has identified four criteria which he believes characterise a champion individual or team in both business and sport. ‘The DNA of a Champion’ details each of these criteria, but also how they can be coached to achieve high-performing teams.
Focused on “creating an environment so good that everyone wants to be a part of and nobody ever wants to leave,” Clive’s talk on creating a Winning Culture encapsulates the collaborative leadership model Clive successfully applied to the World Cup-winning England rugby team and Team GB at London 2012.
Having worked with champion teams and individuals in sport and business over the last two decades, Clive has identified that the ability to learn and take on new skills is a key characteristic of any Champion individual.
In this talk on “Relentless Learning”, Clive will explain the importance of learning and collaboration in high performance and describe how he coaches teams and individuals to learn better together daily.
Clive’s reputation as an innovative leader is driven by his determined approach to challenge the traditional school of thought and find new, different ways of operating, and this has never been more important in today’s ever-changing corporate world. In his talk on “Tackling Change”, Clive will highlight why it is important to embrace change and illustrate how creating a culture of relentless learning can help teams and organisations to adapt and succeed.
The Power of Data and Technology
Data and Technology is a very powerful tool in sport and business. But only if everyone understands Why and How to use it. In this talk, Clive explains how he used Data and Technology with the teams that he worked with and the impact it can have on individual and team performance.