Clive Woodward

Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward is renowned for leading the England national rugby team to its World Cup win in 2003. He is presently a highly respected speaker and columnist. He also helps organisations build elite performing and winning teams.

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Clive Woodward's Biography

Sir Clive Woodward is a pioneering figure in the world of sports, renowned for his exceptional leadership and strategic prowess. As a rugby player, coach, and innovator, Woodward's career has been marked by numerous achievements and contributions to the world of sports.


career in the world of sports

Clive Woodward was a key member of England's 1980 Grand Slam-winning team. He toured with the British and Irish Lions and in four seasons of international rugby, won 21 England caps and scored four tries. Woodward's ascent to prominence began when he transitioned from player to coach. His keen tactical insights and innovative approach quickly garnered attention within the rugby community. In 1997, Woodward was appointed head coach of the England national rugby union team.


Rise to Prominence

Under Woodward's leadership, the England rugby team achieved unprecedented success on the international stage. He moved the team from 6th in the world to the number one ranked team and guided England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. This historic achievement solidified his legacy as one of the greatest rugby coaches of all time. Clive Woodward also led England to multiple Six Nations Championship titles, showcasing his ability to cultivate elite performing and winning teams.



In 2006, Clive Woodward joined the British Olympic Association as Team GB's Director of Sport. In that role, he supported national coaches and atheletes at the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics. He also delivered Team GB's most successful Olympic Games at London 2012. Woodward is currently the Director of Sport for the Apex2100 International Ski Academy where he helps young and aspiring athletes achieve their goals in Alpine Skiing.


  • cultivating Leaders through Innovation

Woodward's coaching philosophy has always been characterised by a commitment to excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement. He revolutionises training methods, embraces cutting-edge technology, and prioritises data-driven decision-making. Today, Woodward draws from his experience as a coach and leader to share insights on effective leadership strategies and team dynamics. He explores the principles behind building a culture of excellence and sustained success, applicable to both sports and business environments. By delving into his innovative approach to coaching, Woodward inspires others to embrace change, think creatively, and stay ahead of the competition.


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