Our Ethos

Berlin Irish RFC takes its name from the Irish community where it has its roots. Inspired by the ongoing efforts of Setanta Berlin Gaelic Sports Club to increase youth participation in Gaelic games, the rugby club was founded to reproduce their inspiring work with Rugby for both men and women.

Kindness, Generosity and an enthusiasm for our sport are hallmarks of our Coaches and Members and are characteristics we like to share with as many people as possible. Everyone is welcome at our club, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, age or ability. We truly believe Rugby is a force for good in our lives, providing outlets for stress, teaching respect and self-belief, improving fitness and providing a rich social life for our members. As such we wish to share this with as many people in Berlin and Germany as possible.


Our Staff

Head Coach: Kit Turner

Women’s Manager: Friederike Giese

Women’s Representative: Vicky Parysek

Club and Women's Captain: Marie-Louise Finck

Men's Captain: Simon Viehoff

Men’s Vice-Captain: Diego Verbrugghe

Treasurer: Marie-Louise Finck

General Secretary: Kathleen Turner

Cultural Secretary: Claire Molloy

Media Officer: Sven Schachschneider

Equipment Manager: Nele Börner


Our Goals

Berlin Irish RFC was founded with the goal of reducing the barriers to rugby participation in Germany for all age groups regardless of gender. To acheive this a number of key goals have been identified:

1. Training of Coaches

2. Access to appropriate Sporting Facilities

3. Networking with other Rugby Clubs and Groups