About Us

The London Irish Community team have been successfully engaging with the local communities of Berkshire, Hampshire and Middlesex for over twenty years, forging important relationships with schools and clubs throughout Sunbury-on-Thames’ neighbouring counties.

Our Community Schools Programme is a high-quality rugby provision that is tailored to each school’s requirements, ensuring it is flexible and appropriate for all schools. Whether the aim is to improve a current rugby programme or introduce rugby as a new sport, we help deliver each schools specific objectives.

Delivering rugby sessions to over 25 different schools across its remit, the team teach the basic skills of rugby, develop any existing skills and, above all else, focus on the enjoyment of the children.

London Irish host three youth rugby festivals throughout each season, with over 50 teams from the local areas, and inviting some from across the country to participate. Delivering 1,500 hours to over 5,500 participants each year, the community team work tirelessly to ensure that rugby education is available to all.

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Coach Profiles

Matt Heeks

Head of Community

Rugby career: Scotland U18,U19,U20, England Counties, London Scottish, Wasps, Richmond, Rosslyn Park, Blackheath and Barking.

Years at London Irish: 4

Bio: Matt started playing rugby at the age of 4 years old at Windsor RFC, and throughout his teenage years he represented Scotland U18,U19,U20, then he decided to obtain a degree, graduating from St Marys University with a BSc in Sports Coaching Science. Matt is a Level 3 RFU coach and has also represented Wasps, London Scottish, Richmond, Rosslyn Park and Blackheath.

Email: [email protected]


Johnny O’Hehir

Community Rugby Coach

Rugby Career: Leinster Academy, Lansdowne, Westcombe Park, London Irish and Bournemouth.

Years at London Irish: 2

Bio: My name is Johnny O’ Hehir, I was born in London, I moved to Dublin and now from Bournemouth. I went to Blackrock College in Dublin - Ireland. Also I went to St Mary University in Twickenham where I studied Sports Coaching. Before working at London Irish I worked at JP Morgan in Bournemouth. My Hobbies are golf and football.

Email: [email protected]


Jacques Seneschall

Community Rugby Coach

Rugby Career: Dulwich College 1st XV, Old Alleynians 1st XV.

Bio: Jacques represented Dulwich College at 1st XV level as well as the local Rugby Club, Old Alleynians. He graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He then returned to South London to pursue a coaching career, where he joined a children's rugby charity. After a couple of years of coaching, he joined Harlequins RFC community and then Foundation teams. There, he worked on the Premiership initiative 'Project Rugby' across South London and was acknowledged as Premiership Rugby's community coach of the year in 2018, for his work within the community. 

Since then he has worked with other sports charities and schools to help develop young peoples' opportunities within the sporting world.

Email: [email protected]


James Leggett

Community Rugby Coach

Rugby Career: Warden Park Academy School, Haywards Heath. 

Bio: I’ve been playing rugby ever since I was 5 and loved it, but have started to focus on my coaching career over the last few years. I went to Sheffield Hallam University and studied Sports Coaching. I then became First XV coach for Brambletye school; Colts head coach at Copthorne School and Guildford U13’s Head Coach. 

Email: [email protected]


Tom Hicks

Community Rugby Coach

Rugby career: Clifton RFC, Haywards Heath RFC, East Grinstead RFC

Bio: After leaving school I worked as a coach for Cumnor House School in Sussex. I then represented Clifton RFC throughout my university career. Moving back to Sussex after graduating I played for the Haywards Heath RFC 1st team and coached the U15s. I was then fortunate enough to move to East Grinstead RFC where I am the Head Coach of the Colts, Lead Coach for the U15s and player coach for the 1st team. I am also the backs coach for the Sussex U18 squad, and I have represented the Sussex Senior 1st team in the Bill Beaumont Competition. Previous to joining London Irish I was the Rugby Development Officer at Worth School.

Email: [email protected] 


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