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Professor Sir Clive Woodward to Deliver Inaugural Lecture at St Mary's

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Rugby World Cup winning coach Prof Sir Clive Woodward OBE will deliver his inaugural lecture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on 19th October. Prof Woodward joined the School of Sport, Health, and Applied Science as a Visiting Professor in April 2015. He joined to o support high profile research projects related to Rugby and to broaden the international appeal of the University’s online courses. Entitled DNA of a Champion, the lecture will explore the notion that ‘talent alone is not enough’. From this concept, Prof Woodward has identified four criteria, which he believes characterise a champion individual or team in sport, business or education. The lecture will detail each of these criteria and how they can be coached to improve performance. Prof Woodward 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 the Rugby is coached and played. In 2006 Sir Clive joined the British Olympic Association and, as Director of Sport for Team GB, 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. During Rugby World Cup 2015, St Mary’s, London’s top university for sport, was proud to be Team Base to three of the world’s leading teams. The University hosted eventual winners New Zealand, in addition to semi-finalists Australia and South Africa. The teams enjoyed access to the University’s world-class sports facilities on the doorstep of Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby. The lecture will be hosted in the Performance Education Centre on St Mary’s Twickenham Campus at 6pm. It is free and open to all, if you would like to book your place please click here. For further information or for accessibility requirements please contact cindy.croucher-wright@stmarys.ac.uk or sheela.patel@stmarys.ac.uk.

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