5 things to know about Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward

For English rugby fans, Sir Clive Woodward is a name that is forever immortalised in history. What might be lesser known about Clive, however, is that he is a renowned speaker and now works a consultant across various businesses. Here are 5 other things you might not know about the World Cup-winning coach.

Played rugby alongside Iain Duncan Smith

After starting school at Corstorphine in Edinburgh, Woodward was sent to HMS Conway, a naval training school, because his father disapproved of his desire to play professional football.

However, whilst at HMS Conway, Woodward played rugby with the former Conservative Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition from 2001 to 2003, Iain Duncan Smith.

He is a qualified teacher

Although an unsuccessful application to study law at Durham University resulted in Sir Clive finding a job at a Natwest in London, he eventually went to Loughborough University.

Whilst at Loughborough, he gained of Bachelor of Science degree in sports science and then a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), the course that people need to take in the UK to become a qualified teacher.

Founder and Chairman of Hive Learning

Hive Learning is a digital peer-learning platform that is designed to help teams and organisations to learn better together every day. The idea behind it was built on Clive’s methodology for coaching.

Sir Clive founded the platform back in 2013 with digital venture builder Blenheim Chalcot and he is still Chairman of it today.

Renowned keynote speaker

As part of his work as a consultant, Sir Clive Woodward and his team deliver workshops, talks, coaching and even corporate golf days for companies.

Clive is also a renowned keynote speaker who uses insights from his own experiences as a coach and businessman to motivate the various businesses that he works with.

Author of Winning

Sir Clive released his autobiography, Winning, in 2004, the same year that he stepped down from coaching the England national side.

The book covers England’s world cup win the previous year along with his personal life and rugby career, both as a player and a coach.