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.


Coach Profiles


Mat Heeks

High Performance Officer

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.

London Irish 4 years – Community coach – High performance coach and now Head of Community.

Email: [email protected]


Niall Crosley 

Community Rugby Coach

Rugby Career: Lancashire County, Hartpury College, Preston Grasshoppers, Maidenhead.

Years at London Irish: 2

Bio: Niall graduated from Hartpury College with a BSc degree in Sports Science, before working for Preston Grasshoppers as a Community Coach for 2 years, eventually moving to London Irish.

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]


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