Meet the Community Team

Mike Crump - Head of Community


Mike joined London Irish in 2011 and returned in in January 2014 as London Irish Head of Community.

Jake Cottrell- Community Rugby Coach


Jake joined the community setup in February 2012, Jake Shares the responsibility for delivery of coaching sessions to Tag Schools, Independent Schools and Rugby Camps as well as other London Irish community schemes.

Before joining London Irish Jake worked as a community coach for Harlequins, Jake helped to deliver a number of programmes such as the Aviva, MBNA Tackling Numbers and Here Come the Girls programmes, alongside helping organise and run tournaments, rugby camps and coaching days in clubs.

Jake Has played Rugby Union and Rugby League for a number of years, gaining a place in the England Lion Hearts u18’s and England Students Rugby League, and a place in the Rugby Union London and south east u20’s. Jake Studied coaching at St Mary's University where he also played 1st team rugby and before that Jake was in the Harlequins Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence, whilst attending Richmond college.Jake Currently plays scrum-Half at London Scottish. Jake is delighted to have joined London Irish to build his career in Rugby Coaching.

Johnny Berwick - Community Clubs Manager

Bio - Johnny joined the London Irish community team in March 2013 as a community coach, he is responsible for the planning and delivery of high quality sessions in line with individual needs for all of London Irish’s community programmes including Aviva premiership schools and MBNA Tackling numbers. Johnny is maintaining strong working relationships and developing new partnerships within the Berkshire and Hampshire area.

Prior to joining the London Irish community team Johnny studied BA Honours Sport Management and rugby studies at Buckinghamshire New University. Whilst at Bucks, he worked as a community coach for premiership rivals London Wasps and Harlequins delivering on the clubs’ respective initiatives. Johnny found rugby from the age of 16 at St Neots RUFC and now plays all across the front row for the 1st Xv squad at Tadley Tigers RFC.

Coaching Experience - Johnny is a UKCC Rugby union Level 2 coach and NUCO first aid qualified. Johnny has attended various courses to accompany his experience such as RFU scrum factory, Performance Analysis and RFU/ ABA Boxing for Rugby Conditioning; including other qualifications to meet premiership minimum standards.

Best Coaching Memory – Since I started coaching, London Irish in particular has given me various highlights, but working with the Academy and talented youngsters at our Community partner clubs and schools has given me valuable experience.

Best Playing Memory – Playing a full game versus St George’s Medical School for Buckinghamshire New University in the Sessa Plate Final “Playing at Adams Park in my final year in front of the entire University, family and friends was pretty special for me and a great way to graduate”

Biggest Inspiration – In terms of sporting heroes, Ryan Giggs and Johnny Wilkinson have been a big influence; they both work incredibly hard on and off the field to be perfectionists.

Goals in the Role - When asked, Johnny said “I am very lucky and feel privileged to be working with London Irish; rugby has been a huge passion for most of my life, now I have an opportunity to develop my coaching and encourage others to play the sport I love across the counties”


Andrew Arter- HITZ Project Officer

Bio – Andrew has been an avid rugby player since a young age and rose through the age grade ranks at his hometown club of Dover before moving on to University at Portsmouth. Following his graduation in Sports Development Andrew went on to become a Community Rugby Coach for the RFU working closely with clubs and schools across Berkshire before moving on to Folkestone Academy in Kent to work with their up and coming Rugby Academy. Finally he joined London Irish early in 2014 to take up the exciting challenge of becoming the HITZ officer.
Coaching Experience - Andrew started coaching rugby at University earning his coaching qualifications through the Portsmouth’s UP for Sport Programme before moving on to coach the University teams and setting up a rugby team at a local college. Whilst working with the RFU he coached multiple schools and coached Thatcham RFC to the Berkshire Plate and promotion from BBO Premier Division. Andrew was also head coach for Reading Bluecoat 2nd XV from 2011-2013.

Best Coaching Memory – Taking Reading Bluecoat 2nd XV to the Berkshire Cup Final beating among others the Piggot School 1st XV, Pangbourne 2nd XV, and losing narrowly to a much older and bigger Downs School from Newbury.
Best Playing Memory – Turning out for the University of Portsmouth in the SESSA cup final defeat to Bucks New Uni at Adams Park and getting on the score sheet in the process. ‘Although we lost the opportunity to play at a big stadium with a bit of an atmosphere was fantastic and a memory that I will always hold.’

Biggest Inspiration – Geordan Murphy or Carlos Spencer. In the day and age of professional rugby both players bucked the trend of prescribed rugby and just played what was in front of them.

Goals for the Role – ‘I would really love to grow the HITZ programme at London Irish so that it is something the whole club can be proud of, from the players to the supporters. Expanding the project to different towns and cities in Berkshire and Hampshire would be amazing and something I will really strive for’.



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