Woody goes Olympic

After missing out on the elite director position with the Rugby Football Union, Sir Clive Woodward has been named in a similar role at the British Olympic Association.

The BOA said on Wednesday that Woodward will help prepare and advise British competitors during the buildup to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Winter Games at Vancouver in 2010 and the Summer Games in London 2012.

Woodward made little impact in a coaching role at soccer clubSouthampton and recently missed out on the new role with the England rugby union setup.

“It is a privilege to be joining the BOA at such an exciting time for British Olympic Sport,” Woodward said in a statement released through the BOA.

“I will use my past experiences in high performance sport to assist the 35 Olympic sports achieve their own aspirations and, working in partnership with UK Sport, national governing bodies and
performance directors to ensure the performance of Team GB is maximized in the years ahead.”

Woodward has a reputation as being meticulous in his preparations. As head coach of the England rugby team he took a large team of physical and motivational experts with him to the
World Cup in Australia to prepare the players.

He was employed by Southampton as technical director in July last year but Saints manager Harry Redknapp quit as manager five months later amid reports the two did not work well together.

Woodward’s role changed at the club and he quit a week ago. He missed out on a return to rugby, however, when the Rugby Football Union named Rob Andrew as its elite director.