The London Irish Amateur and Professional Clubs have put together a combined Mini and Youth engagement scheme which will see much more crossover between the Amateur and Professional Clubs.
The two clubs live under the same roof at the Hazelwood Training Centre and are the only organisation to have this unique affiliation with a thriving Amateurs set up.
The Amateur club comprises of four rugby sections, namely Adult, Ladies, Youth and Mini. The senior team is the Wild Geese who currently play in National League 3.
London Irish Amateur Youth and Minis are among the largest in England and they train on Sunday at Hazelwood; youth teams also train one evening during the week. Tom Smallbone, who is now an established member of the London Irish first team squad, came through the London Irish Amateur Club from the age of four.
The Professional players have been arranged into teams and assigned age groups which they will support throughout the season. Players will be assisting each age group to inspire, pass on their top tips and help develop their game.
London Irish Head Coach, Tom Coventry said: “This is a unique partnership and we are keen to build on it. These young players in the Amateurs set up are the future of our Club and the Professional Club will now be taking a keen interest and playing a significant role in their development.”
Colts - Players: David Paice, Ofisa Treviranus, Jebb Sinclair, Christian Lewis-Pratt
Under 16s - Players: Eoin Griffin, Tom Smallbone, Halani Aulika, Dom Waldouck
Under 15s - Players: David Sisi, Scott Steele, Tom Fowlie, Ben Franks, Joe Cokasinga
Under 14s - Players: Alex Lewington, Eoin Sheriff, Harry Elrington, Geoff Cross
Under 13s - Players: George Skivington, Sean Maitland, Andrew Fenby, Johnny Williams, Rob McCusker
Under 12s - Players: Matt Symons, Topsy Ojo, Theo Brophy-Clews, Richard Palframan, Aseli Tikoirotuma
Under 11s - Players: Brendan McKibbin, Gerard Ellis, Ross Neal, Tom Cruse
Under 10s - Players: Chris Noakes, Conor Gilsenan, Ollie Currie, Leo Halavatau, Johnny Harris
Under 9s - Players: Shane Geraghty, Blair Cowan, Callum Watson, Leo Halavatau, Joe Trayfoot
Under 8s - Players: Fergus Mulchrone, Luke Narraway, Curtis Langdon, Nick Rouse, Darren Allinson
Under 6/7s - Players: Tom Court, Jimmy Stevens, Connor Murphy, Tom Guest
For more information on the London Irish Amateurs, please visit their website www.london-irish-amateur.co.uk