The Oratory School was delighted to have Sir Clive Woodward join us on Thursday 9th June for a pupils’ Q&A webinar.
Sir Clive discussed his passion for coaching, the key to success in the game of rugby and becoming a professional player, the restructuring of the global game, skills he has learnt in leadership, ‘that’ Jonny Wilkinson drop goal and what he has missed most in lockdown!
He recommended several points to focus on if you want to have a professional career in rugby:
- Determination: “I’m going to be the best”
- Study (other people and how they play/perform
- Leadership qualities: be a good listener/listen to your fellow players - often they are more knowledgeable than we credit
- Be clear with goal setting: set out what you want to do and work hard, taking responsibility for improvement
- Be prepared to work hard - don't expect others to do it for you
- Engage with the best people to coach you
“Let nothing come in your way… concentrate on your own individual skills. Set targets. Write things down. Watch videos of yourself… There’s so many skills to rugby and that is why it’s a great game. You’ve got to be good at all the skills if you want to be the best player in the world.”
“The number 1 thing for success in sport is enjoyment.”
Sir Clive Woodward OBE was Head Coach of the England Rugby 2003 World Cup winning team and a former Oratory School parent: “My two boys loved rugby at The Oratory School and that’s all you could’ve wished for as a parent.” His parting words to the pupils were: “The Oratory is a great school, make the most of it, time goes very quickly. Enjoy your rugby.”
Thank you for taking the time to meet with us, Sir Clive, we really enjoyed your talk.