St Mary’s appoints Sir Clive Woodward

Rugby World Cup winning coach, Sir Clive Woodward OBE, has been appointed Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Sir Clive will join the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science next month to support high profile research projects related to rugby and to broaden the international appeal of the University’s online courses. The appointment comes as the UK’s largest Catholic University celebrates its 165th anniversary and plays host to several teams taking part in Rugby World Cup 2015.

Sir Clive said: “St Mary’s is a very well-known name in the field of sport science and has supported many international athletes in their careers. I had no hesitancy in joining the fantastic team of academics here and I hope to give as much to the University as I will certainly gain from the experience.” 

Sir Clive is one of international rugby’s most successful coaches, leading England to World Cup triumph in 2003. By combining his knowledge and experience in both elite sport and business he is credited with revolutionising the way rugby is coached and played.

In 2006 he joined the British Olympic Association and as Director of Sport for Team GB he worked in close partnership with all key stakeholders in British sport to support British coaches and athletes to deliver the most successful Olympic Games for Team GB in the modern era. 

Alongside his work at St Mary’s, Sir Clive will continue his role on the International Olympic Committee Entourage Commission and as a Team GB Ambassador. He is also a member of the Daily Mail sports team and a commentator for Sky Sports and BBC rugby coverage. 

St Mary’s University is the largest Catholic University in the UK and London’s top-performing sports institution, providing a comprehensive sports development programme that focuses on recreational opportunities, performance sport, coaching and events. The University’s Strawberry Hill campus will be a Team Base for South Africa and New Zealand at Rugby World Cup 2015, hosting the teams during the different stages of the Tournament. Just a few minutes from Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, St Mary’s offers players world class sporting facilities. 

During the London 2012 Olympics, athletes from 10 nations and a range of different sports chose to train at St Mary’s. Sporting alumni, Mo Farah and Moe Sbihi, won medals and David Weir who trains at St Mary’s won four Paralympic Gold medals. St Mary’s medal tally was enough to place it sixth in podium’s medal table for UK universities and top of the London institutions.

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