[quote_left]Every Mini and Youth team has at least four LI Pros. Check your team’s page to find out who will be in your team![/quote_left]
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 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.
[blockquote]Peter Graham, Chairman of the amateur club welcomed this initiative: “We are delighted that the entire professional coaching and playing squad have offered to become so engaged with our youth and mini players. It bodes well for the future of the entire London Irish family.”[/blockquote]
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.
[blockquote]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.[/blockquote]
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.”