Ben Lee is currently heading up London Irish’s extensive community and corporate social responsibility programmes delivering to over 20,000 young people from local rugby clubs, schools and inclusion centres.
Before joining London Irish Ben studied Sport Coaching Science BSc at university and was working for Premiership club rivals Harlequins. He has played rugby for a number of rugby clubs including National 3 sides Amersham and Ampthill and represented both county and regional sides.
Ben has spear-headed London Irish’s international projects - developing rugby with programmes in Uganda, Zambia, Boston and British Forces bases including Cyprus. He has also supported projects in New York and Brazil.
Ben regularly delivers guest lectures at both the University of Portsmouth and Buckinghamshire University to students studying Sports Management BA (hons) and Sports Development and Coaching Science BSc (hons). He is also enjoying the role of Head Coach at an amateur senior team currently playing at level 7.
Ben has supported many clubs through funding applications, development plans and volunteer management schemes. This also includes working closely with the London Irish Amateur team on a development plan for a new training facility which includes a funding application to Sport England.
Ben hosts several development sessions each season which focus on key areas of running a successful amateur rugby club, this includes but not limited to; volunteer management, recruitment and retention of player, festival and event organisation, and session planning
Ben’s roles within London Irish include;
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 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 also delivers in Independent Schools and coordinates the Match day camps and festivals 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 High Wycombe RUFC.
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.
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 work with various people in the industry”
Ollie is the most recent member of the community team joining in July 2013. Ollie’s responsibilities include planning, scheduling and evaluating community programmes including coaching clinics, rugby camps, festivals and after school clubs whilst also running marketing and communication schemes.
Before joining London Irish Ollie studied Sports Development and Coaching at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in May 2013. As well as completing a placement in the RFU, Ollie continued to work on a volunteer basis with the organisation and completed his dissertation evaluating their recent O2 Touch offer, this work, alongside other volunteering within his local club led to Ollie being named RFU Student Rugby Leader of the Year in 2013.
As well as his involvement in rugby development Ollie also plays and has achieved his UKCC Level 2 Coaching Rugby Union. Ollie is extremely excited and privileged to work for London Irish and looks forward to contributing to an already great community team.