Footprint Forum Speaker Biog: Matt Dawson



Matt Dawson MBE – Sportsman, Writer, Broadcaster and Sodexo Ambassador

You will all know Matt from his appearances in all kinds of media and on the sports field.


He’s also passionate about food and at the 25th Anniversary of Sodexo’s  health and well-being programme “Healthwise” highlighted the link between food and performance:


“As a sportsman, I had access to nutritional information and educational tools at my fingertips and, as a result, I was able to make informed choices about what I consumed”.


We look forward to hearing more about the impact that food can have in sport and in life from Matt.


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All about Matt (From
Part of the England squad that took the country to victory in the 2003 World Cup, Matt Dawson is an institution in the world of rugby. He is immediately recognisable as team captain on BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport’ as well as a rugby commentator for the BBC and Radio 5Live.

With 77 caps under his belt, he is England’s most capped scrum half, captaining the side 9 times. He played for Northampton and the London Wasps as well as England, and represented the British & Irish Lions on three tours.

During the 1998 tour to Australia and New Zealand – ‘The Tour from Hell’ – Matt was congratulated on his leadership. He also captained the England Rugby team to win the Six Nations Championships in 2000.

Regarded as one of the more outspoken players, Matt Dawson is a favourite with the BBC’s rugby coverage and has had substantial experience in written journalism.

His position on ‘A Question of Sport’ has elevated him from a well-known rugby player to a national TV personality. In 2006 he took part in the BBC’s ‘Celebrity Masterchef’ and won.

Matt then put on his dancing shoes to become the runner up in the BBC’s primetime programme‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which attracted over 12 million viewers per show.

More recently Matt presented his own cookery show ‘Mitch & Matt’s Big Fish’ for UKTV Food. Alongside chef Mitch Tonks, Matt toured the UK’s coastline whilst creating tasty dishes along the way.