Sir Clive Woodward OBE has had a huge effect on English rugby. Clive became one of the sport’s true legends after coaching England to their 2003 Rugby World Cup victory. One of the most revered rugby speakers, Clive’s articulate and compelling account of his time coaching the greatest rugby team of the moment is sure to engage audience and provide invaluable advice for business and social groups alike.
A successful Rugby Union player, Clive joined Harlequins in 1974 before leaving to gain a Bachelor of Science degree in sports science at Loughborough University. On his return to the game, Clive was signed by Leicester Tigers 1979, followed shortly by his debut for England against Ireland in 1980. Gaining 21 caps for his nation, Clive also toured with the British and Irish Lions on two occasions in 1980 and 1983. Having a rugby speaker with experience both on and off the pitch at an elite level makes Woodward a rare breed, providing one of the most comprehensive views of the sport on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Woodward acquired the role of England coach after the retirement of Jack Rowell in 1997. Sir Clive was tasked with transforming the squad from the amateur era into the professional age. Despite his job coming under question after the 1999 World Cup, Woodward persevered a developed a team that went on to win a 2003 Grand Slam and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Perhaps the finest moment of English rugby to date, Clive’s management and team attitude proved vital when facing some of the most formidable teams in the world.
As a rugby speaker, Woodward stresses the importance of a group mentality and strong leadership as two assets vital to success in both business and personal life. Since his management of the English rugby squad, Woodward moved into the football league, becoming Performance Director at Southampton Football Club as well as playing an integral role within the British Olympic Association as Director for Elite Performance. Clive also acted as Deputy Chef de Mission for the 2008 Olympics alongside the undertaking of a review for the 2012 Games that was seen to be elemental in the success the nation experienced during our home games.
Sir Clive’s experience in a multitude of sports at a high level make him a renowned sports speaker, relating the important aspects of peak performance and maximising success that are transferable across the majority of sporting disciplines. A consummate professional, Sir Clive is an ideal event host and awards host, engaging and interacting with audiences whilst ensuring everything runs to plan and on time.
To book Sir Clive Woodward CBE as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
When at corporate events, Sir Clive is known to cover the following topics:
- 99 Things, 1% Better
- Striving For Excellence
- Sport in Britain
- Maximising Success
- Achieving Goals
- Realising Ambitions
- Peak Performance
“[Our event] went brilliantly. Sir Clive was a massive hit with all. Please can you pass on our sincere thanks”
Nic – Strategic Development Manager at Retirement Advantage
“In short he was a true pro; polite, charming, punctual, attentive and organised. His presentation was on point and he WOWED the audience – he happily attended the dinner and helped hand out the awards.”
“It was a great evening thanks. Lots of emails since from our guests saying what a good time they had.”
Gareth – Cokethorpe School
“Sir Clive was a pleasure to have with us last Wednesday, he was very professional and personable and nothing seemed to be too much of an ask. Our clients CEO was extremely happy that the brief was met and enjoyed his company for the evening. The delegates remained engaged throughout the speech and enjoyed the Q&A where Sir Clive stood and answered questions and provided anecdotes of his career that were very entertaining. The use of slides and video clips were well used throughout and the clear link to his leadership style through business and sport was very well received. We would undoubtedly recommend Sir Clive to speak at future events.”
Anya – Force Four Creative Ltd