The early rugby experiences of Charlie Beckett (C), a professional rugby player with Ampthill, twin sisters Kate (K), a recent graduate from the University of Leicester and Sarah (S and Essy), a professional rugby player for England and Harlequins.

From small (and not so small) acorns . . .

Welcome Becketts.  Given that your grandfather was heavily involved at Waterloo and Dad played at such a high level was it inevitable that at some stage in your life that you would all play rugby?

(C) I was the first one as the oldest and I think one thing that we were always very conscious of was that we were never ever forced into playing rugby.  It could not have mattered if I wanted to be an international tiddly winker if that’s what I wanted to do.  Mum and Dad would have supported us all the way through.  I think if you just look at both sides of the family, the Becketts side and the Taylor side we could not have been more involved with Waterloo Rugby Club. We grew up at the club from two, three, four years old.   Saturdays were spent at the rugby, that’s just where we were.  There are pictures of me with a rugby ball in my hands before I could walk and I think as I’m quite a big fella it was always the obvious things that was going to go into rugby.  I played football and cricket as a kid as well but rugby was the one I enjoyed the most.  It is in our blood a little bit but also that was how I started - I never ever felt forced and got the most joy of sharing that with Mum with Dad with Baba Nigel Taylor because that was their passion so I enjoyed it more probably.  The twins have probably a different story to tell.


(S) Yes, I was second into it and I think it just came from going down and watching Charlie - obviously we would go down to the club when I very was very young and watch Charlie when he started playing.  We’d go down and watch on a Sunday because both parents were there and involved and I think I just got a bit bored standing on the side line, so I just had a word to see if I could join in with my own age group.  I just loved it from the start and never look back.  And like Charlie said I played football, cricket danced for about five weeks or something, not very successfully.  I played a lot of sports, athletics, stuff like that growing up in school but no, I never was any good at anything else, it was really just rugby.

Kate we’ve been hearing experiences of Charlie and Sarah about getting into mini and junior rugby, I understand that you weren’t keen early on

(K) No, I was very much again for the premise of playing rugby.  We literally live on the same road as the club and I spent most of my childhood there.  My earliest memories were watching Charlie playing or even training.  I would be given a glass of Coke as a massive treat but even if I wasn’t watching we would be down at the club just being there or helping out.  I think for me I was more loathe to the fact that I spent my weekends down in the rain watching Charlie and Essy training or playing.  I never had any interest in playing. It was always that I could have if I wanted to, but I never took any interest in it.  To me it was always Charlie and Essy’s sport.  I went along with this and supported them as always.  Now it is one of my favourite things to go along and support them.  But I used to roll my eyes and I was talking to Mum about this just half an hour ago.  The way Mum and Dad would get me to go to games was by playing a game.  She used to get me a bacon butty and chips after the game and that was literally how they got me through the weekend without me kicking off.  I always knew a good rugby club by the quality of the food and if they had Bovril I was buzzing.  It was always Charlie and Essy’s sport, every day, every weekend . . . oh that sounds bad, but that’s how it was for me.  It was never in my head to think about playing.

(K) I still to this day am interested in horse riding and had lessons every other week or so.  That was my thing.  Charlie is terrified of horses and Mum would take me to riding lessons . It was just a case of Kate goes to her riding lessons, we didn’t all go together.  I did a lot more riding in my teenage years because that was my passion, just a very expensive one.  For them, they had projections about whether they were going to go further with their sport.  For me it was just a hobby and one that could be difficult to have long-term.  I did a bit of dancing but the one thing I always did was riding up to when I was about 14.  From 14 to going to university, to be honest I didn’t really have any hobbies.

 

So back to mini and junior rugby, tell us about your earliest experiences. What is it like going down, fitting in and starting to play?


(C) As kids it’s crazy you just go down and get on with people.  Probably from the fact that I was about five or six I didn’t really get anxious about meeting new people.  Maybe if you join about age 14 or 15 do you think about it.  I was with the same group of lads from the age of five.  I grew up with them.  To this day some of them are my best mates.  It was never really a thought for me as I had been around the rugby club all my life and I knew a lot of people.  I was always very keen to start playing.  At the age of four I was told I was too young so I started at the age of five playing with other lads who were around the age of seven.  Essy might have more thoughts on that being a girl as the majority in the mini and juniors were lads.  But for me, I was champing at the bit and couldn’t wait to start playing.  When you’re five years old you don’t think in shy way “oh I’m going to meet new people”, it was just a great way to meet folk.  

(S) When I talk to my friends now or girls who are playing mini and junior rugby they ask how did you get over boy is not passing to you.  I was very fortunate because I never ever had that problem. It wasn’t as if I was treated any differently, not by my own team anyway.  A couple of other teams definitely made a thing about it, not wanting to tackle me or targeting me as they saw me as a weakness because I was a girl.  Holly Aitchison (now Saracens and England) who was also in the mini and juniors and I talk about it often.  We never felt out of place at Waterloo, it was not a place where we didn’t feel we belonged because we were girls.  Obviously it helped having another girl in there with me in Holly who is such a good friend and has gone on to great things including the Olympics.  Like Charlie, it was never somewhere where I felt I did not fit in.  I had great group of friends who just happened to be boys but I never felt that I was any different. Differences started to creep in around about the time that I had to split off and make a whole new group of friends. But I never ever felt out of place or I was not respected or treated differently just because I was a girl.

So did you find it a welcoming place?

(K) 100%. I would not have wanted to play mini and junior rugby anywhere else.

So Kate, how did you get into rugby as University?

(K) Essy and I both went to the same high school and we played all kinds of sports there and played in the teams.  I think Essy captained about 20 of them.  We played hockey at school and I quite enjoyed it so I went to university with intention of getting into the hockey team.  You want to be part of a team because growing up and I knew that it was a great way to find mates.  Watching Charlie and Essy I was so aware that their mates were teammates, their best friends.  As I had not been much into team sports up to this point and not had this ‘teamy’ thing I knew that I wanted to be part of a team.  So I went along to the first hockey training and felt really anxious - being at uni, new place, new people - I didn’t really feel that I fitted in.  It all felt quite serious, but I could hear people laughing and joking, having a good time on the pitches behind me.  So after hockey training I walked off the astro towards the rear pitches and I saw it was the women’s rugby team. I thought they looked like they are having a good time and I just felt at home.  So I messaged the women’s rugby team saying first that I have never played before and would they let new players in.  The reply was yes, just come on down.  So I went down to training, obviously I had told Dad who was buzzing. I came home that weekend after that first training session and he bought me boots and a boot bag. It was the first time I had ever done anything like that with my family and be part of the crew I guess. It was really just with the intention of making friends. But in time I really started to enjoy the game. I think from watching Charlie and Essy I had some understanding of the game but there were things that I did not know how to do until I got onto the pitch. So I just went along with the intention of making friends but playing rugby had been so good mentally and physically for me. I could just see that the women’s rugby players were having such a good time and I wanted to be part of it.

And having fun?

(K) Definitely for me I didn’t really take it that seriously or want to go further with it, it was just to have a circle and keep fit, play a game that I had grown up around.  I didn’t have any desire to get into the first team, it was just fun.

I’m interested that three of you played in the forwards. Didn’t you ever think about playing in the backs?

(S) I did until I was about 13 when I played inside centre. All good back rows start as centres until you grow up and realise that you are not as quick as you thought you were and you slowly get moved forward.

(C) I like to think that if I had played in the backs I would’ve kept more of my hair. Being in the front five for so long has meant that I lost my hair so I blame that.

(S) it’s genetic

(K) it was never an option for me
(C) I think the Becketts physiognomy, gene pool and skills set doesn’t lend itself to backs play particularly.
(S) Don’t get me wrong but I think I’d make a great 10
(K) I’d make a great 9
(C) that’s the Mark Beckett (Dad) in the two of you where you both think you’d make outstanding backs - just wishful thinking
(S) in fact I’d be terrible
(K) I still think I’d be good at scrum half

Kate, you said that it was never an option for you

Yes, when you first turn up to women’s uni training - maybe it’s not the highest level but we were limited in our coaching, just one coach and short of resources and facilities.  But very quickly it became known that I was Charlie Beckett’s sister.  I was wearing Charlie and Essy’s hand me down kit and Charlie had played at Leicester and I went to uni there - people knew who Charlie was and they said “Wait . . . Beckett?”  But when you get into training you’re either a forward or a back. There was no time for the coaches to educate players about different positions as resources are so limited, so I was a forward because that was what I knew.  I knew second row so I became a second row by default and as I learned the game more and started playing I realised that I didn’t want to be a second row.  I worked hard at the end of my first year into my second trying to get fitter, faster and moved to the back row. That is where I played most of my rugby at uni. Being a back was never even mentioned.

Going back to mini and junior rugby what memories have you got of memorable or notable games?

(C) I played with lads two years older than me. So when I was 8 playing for the under 10s. We did the unthinkable and won the treble.  We won Vale of Lune tournament, the Hoylake 7s and the Southport tournament.  We won all three in about five weeks and I genuinely still reckon that those five weeks were the highlight of my life. I thought I was untouchable!
(K) I bet we went to Pizza Hut.
(C) We did to celebrate and we all got ice creams from Mr Whippy on Hoylake coast bought by Dad who was our coach. Everyone got a double ice cream with sherbet and two flakes
Two flakes?
(C) Oh yes, no messing. I remember walking into school with all my medals. I don’t know who I thought I was . . .Anthony Joshua walking into the ring with my four belts?
(K) did you take them to assembly just to show everyone?
(C) Yes I did - all my medals. That sticks out.  Also I was very lucky as for three or four years we had a really good side with some really talented players and we went to the national tournament at Nottingham over the Easter weekend for three or four years and got through to the final of the shield once.  We played at Twickenham which was unbelievable.  Being 12 or 13 years old and playing at Twickenham. It was ridiculous but we won the plate.  Looking back that was phenomenal, unbelievable things to be able to do that- how lucky we were.
(K) didn’t you play with a broken foot at the time?
(C) Yes, that’s true I played with a broken foot.
You played with a broken foot?
(C) It was sore but not very broken so we just cracked on.  It is only when I sit down and think about it now that I realise I has some unbelievable experiences playing mini and junior rugby.  We went on tours to the Lake District, Nottingham, just great times. That treble with the under 10s when I think about it always makes me smile and the Vale of Lune was the muddiest day I have ever played in, to this day.  We have pictures of the twins watching with full ponchos on, covered in mud.
(K) we both fell over
(C) Mum has a scrap book of me and Paul Miller eight and ten years old covered in mud just smiling. I genuinely hold that treble very close to my heart. We went on to win the Lancashire cup twice but because I was two years younger I was not allowed to play in it.  So I had a very important job of running on with the tea - head tea boy.

You mentioned Twickenham which I guess is very old hat to Sarah

(S) Not quite, not quite . . .

What about memorable games for you as a youngster?

(S) Like Charlie it was the Hoylake 7s.  I don’t think you can call yourself anyone in mini and junior rugby until you have won the Hoylake 7s.  That was a brilliant day.  One of my memorable events, not just because we won, was the Vale of Lune tournament.  Charlie came to watch - Mum came with the picnic chairs, the blanket, setting up for the whole day and I was showing off to my friends that I could tackle my brother who is three years older than me.  This is even before the first game, before we’ve even warmed up . . . and I broke my wrist.  I can remember trying to convince Mum that I was ok to carry on. I grabbed a ball and tried to pass it but I could not rotate my wrist and Mum was “you’re not allowed to play” even though I said “please”.  I think it was really just the embarrassment of breaking my wrist as I was showing off. It taught me a valuable lesson.
(K) I just sat down in my chair.
(S) Mum packed up the picnic basket and blanket and off we went to hospital. That was memorable, it was just a funny memory.  Dad always says he has a great memory of taking me down to my first rugby session. I think I was seven so it was at that stage still tag rugby. He sat me down . . . obviously I had been watching Charlie who was playing two years up, so five years ahead of me.  I saw all the tackling and when I first got the ball I ran as hard as I could straight into the nearest kid . . . so Dad sat me down again and said “Essy - it’s tag rugby, you can’t tackle yet”.

Sarah I can remember your first game in the Tyrell’s Premiership at home against Sarries

(S) Yes, we were in the lead late on and they scored a breakaway try.

I remember one of their players got injured I think it was their number 13 and I remember an 18 year old shouting “the number 13 is injured. Get her!” One of our crew passed the comment “spoken like her father”.

(S) Oh gosh that doesn’t surprise me. I have calmed down a bit since then.
(C) It took Sarah Beckett 11 minutes on her international debut to be told off by the referee for her mouth. She was getting too arsy with an American player.
(K) When we met her later she was the quietest person you could meet.
(C) I. Don’t. Know. Where. She. Gets. It. From.
(S) That was not for foul language - she knocked it on and I said (sarcastically) “good job four” and I got told off.
Not lacking in confidence then?
(S) No, I have toned it down now.  It was a big learning curve going in to England camp with everyone saying “that’s not how we do it”.  But I think you need an edge to keep your game fresh- that’s the way I play anyway.

(K) Well I had a lot of memorable times watching them play mini and junior rugby.  Some of my best childhood memories even if I was at times in a bit of a mood about it, were watching them enjoying their sport - Essy breaking her arm, all these things we all talk about now even at the time I was probably loathing but now when I look back I am grateful for those times.  For my first game of 15s rugby, Dad drove down to Leicester to watch me.  At the time I didn’t realise how much that meant to me, as I was the last one in the family to start.  And finally I thought, yes, we’ve all got something to chat about.  It was nice to feel part of that as Dad was texting Charlie and Essy throughout the game telling them how I was doing.  We had a photo afterwards and I think that might have been the first photo I have had just we with me and my Dad.  When I came home from uni Dad had had the photo framed - it was such a nice thing.  So in my first year at university we played in Varsity (inter-university sports competition), at Welford Road (home to Leicester Tigers). It was very competitive. In my first year we probably had around 40 girls in the club and in the Varsity tournament you could only have 22 and I was selected as a fresher.  When I found out I was with Essy and I just couldn’t stop crying.  On the day I was lucky enough for everyone to come down, Mum, Dad, Charlie and Essy watching me play at Welford Road. To this day it is such a nice feeling that they were there to watch me. I really didn’t expect to be selected for Varsity my first year. That was a very, very special moment for me that I hold dear. I was so nice to come off the pitch with them watching me.

What a fantastic memory. One thing that our rugby club is very keen on are the values of Rugby Union - the TREDS values (teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship). How do the mini and junior coaches embed those values in young players?

(C) I think it happens without you realising it. The whole point is that you are part of a team and you have responsibilities to each other and what you do affects others. You have to turn up on a Sunday morning to do the session otherwise it ruins the session for everyone else.  You don’t quite realise that you are being taught.  It was a little different for me, perhaps as Dad was coach most of the time but you would only ever speak to them in a respectful way.  That’s how it worked in rugby, there was none of the nonsense that you sometimes get in other sports - swearing at the referee. You get taught that straight away.  The discipline of working hard and getting rewards for working hard - all of these things which are hugely important in life.  You are getting taught from eight, nine, ten without realising - it is what you just do for fun.  I was chatting to Dad about it the other day. Dave Rowe with the under 7s genuinely deserves a knighthood for the work he does every year.  It looks like Dave is herding cats when he’s doing it but I remember at that age he is teaching those kids things that they will carry on to eight, nine and ten. But it’s not just the coaches, Tony Bonner who is now back at the club doing the catering - if you didn’t use please and thank you, you didn’t get your food. Simple as that.
(K) Yes, we always had to say please and thank you. I’d forgotten about that.

(C) And with people behind the bar, please and thank you.  These things are good club values and they stand you in good stead throughout life.  I know Waterloo is my club but it could not have been done better.
(K) As a non-player I knew that I could always go to the club, walk into that bar and someone would be looking out for me. All of Charlie’s friends were teenage boys and I knew that if I couldn’t find someone they would scoop me up and look after me. I never went to the club and felt unsafe- everyone was there for each other. It was like a little community which I think is definitely a rugby club thing.
(S) I think the main one that I have carried through with me is enjoyment.  You only went to the club to enjoy it.  As it’s turned out, for me and Charlie it has become a career, more than a job, a way of life as a professional athlete.  I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t enjoy it.  That’s what got me into sport in the first place and it keeps me there because I enjoy doing it and everything about it.  The values play into that enjoyment, being part of a team and working for that team.  It is more than just part of yourself, it is bigger than you.  I often say when I’m being interviewed and people “what keeps you motivated, why do you do it?”  I reply because I love it, I love playing rugby and I learned to love playing rugby at Waterloo.  One of the most defining parts of my career is just playing rugby on a Sunday and watching the first team on a Saturday.  I didn’t know that women’s rugby was a thing until I saw women playing at Waterloo.  I didn’t know that it was something that I could do when I grew up and you cannot underestimate the effect that that had on me.  Fortunately we now have more exposure and boys and girls can see that women can play rugby and this is what they can choose to be.  We do it because we love it and enjoy it and in our squad as England players the values hold true to us there.  We are very aware that we are role models, as we are the first group of fully professional female rugby players, for it to succeed and for others to invest in their sides; it being successful and worthwhile. Showing those values is only going to help us a group and that is really important.

It seems to be working very well for you now

(S) Yes, hopefully
(C) What I learned at Waterloo, we had very good teams but we had to learn how to lose which I did as a kid.  That is really important in life.  I hate it when I see at kids’ sports days “oh we didn’t keep score”. That’s not how life works.
(K) You win and you lose
(C) You don’t go to a job interview and they say “we are going to give the job to you all!” That’s not how it works, so c’mon guys.  I hate losing and I’m not saying that I came out of the mini and junior rugby and knew how to be a good loser.  It probably took me the last few years to be a good loser, knowing how to do it and not letting losing ruin my whole weekend.  Now I’m very good at putting it back in its box, compartmentalising it and dealing with it when I need to.  I learned that at Waterloo and that is a huge thing in life also.  I learned that it is better to lose than to win but I learned how to lose as well.
(K) I think it teaches you how to better yourself because I learned quite quickly, coming into a team sport, you are not just doing it for yourself anymore.  If you don’t do the work that you are supposed to be doing you look across and can see that the people beside you are suffering.  No one like losing, but as Charlie said even if you do lose, it teaches you to always pick up something positive about it - maybe someone had a really good game or someone else had just come back from injury.  When I first went to Waterloo and played with a group of girls that I had never played with before and I was so nervous.  We did win, but after the game they came up to me and said “you did that really well.  Those girls didn’t really know who I was, but rugby just teaches you to be there for others.

(S) C’mon the Quinn’s . . . Come on without, come on within . . . (singing)

Er . . .meanwhile . . . what do each of you get from playing rugby?

(K) I think for me . .  I’m an anxious person and have been since I was tiny.  Particularly going to university, that was a very anxious time for me.  It’s a blessing and a curse, but Essy and I went to same school, we never really had to do anything on our own- our brother did most things first, before us.  But even if something was horrendous I had my best friends with me.  Before uni I had never spent more than a week apart from Essy. I have such a clear memory of saying goodbye to Sarah.  We were in tears, I was bawling.  Rugby has been hugely beneficial to my mental health.  I love the sport but don’t necessarily have the same love that Charlie and Essy have.  But it came to me through having a community there and their support plus the benefits that physical exercise have on your health.  It has always been something that has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me strength mentally.  That is what it is for me.  The England players did a short documentary about girls who were suffering with depression and they showed someone who benefited by joining a club.  This sport can really make a difference to your life. Living and enjoying life for me is paramount.

Thank you for sharing that.

(S) For me, rugby has given me everything I’ve got really - my friendship group, my lifestyle, a passion, something to work towards.  People often ask me what will you do when you’re done with rugby (you’ve not long started!) as all it takes is an injury or not getting a contract.  It is not like I have anywhere else to turn.  You can possibly get a contract at another club, but currently I’m contracted to England and that’s it.  I want to play rugby while I can and for as long as it lasts. Through rugby I’ve got my best friends. I am so fortunate that I get to play for my country with my absolute best friends in the world.  I get to live with my friends, I’m living down south now which I never thought I’d do.  I have so much developing to do both within rugby and within my own personal life.  It has opened my eyes and given me access to new coaches, new places to live, new environment, new people.  I’m probably not great at going into new groups of people, I’m not a great talker I’m more of a listener, it takes me a while to settle into places.  I feel that with rugby if you know one person, you know quite a lot of people.  It gives you a great network, especially within the women’s game because there are so many people playing rugby.  Some of the girls playing for England are not full time professionals and have day jobs . It opens your eyes about what people do to support themselves to play rugby, the sacrifices that they put it.  It just inspires me to be honest. I am so fortunate that I get to do this as a job and I hope it will continue.
(C) What hasn’t rugby given me? On a personal level, it binds us together, even though Kate said that she didn’t enjoy it growing up, it has been our life.  Whenever we get together, the conversation always gets around to rugby.  Chats with both Mum and Dad always come back to rugby, it brings the whole family together.  I’ve lived away since I was 16 and we get together because of rugby, whether I’m playing,  Kate or Essy’s playing, we are all at the same place for the game.  Outside my family, every meaningful relationship that I have comes from rugby - it’s my friends, my mentors, my girlfriend.  Without rugby I wouldn’t know any of these people.  All the relationships I have in life are from rugby and I will be forever indebted to rugby.  I’ve been all over the world playing - France, New Zealand, South Africa, I’ve been to places and seen things that I never thought I would and it is all down to rugby.  At 17 years of age I spent three months playing rugby in New Zealand. What a crazy life to live. Essy’s been to America as well.

(S) I’ve been to France about 8 million times.

(C) Just from my day to day life, it is what gets me out bed in the morning to train because I want to play on Saturday.  I’m happy where I am in my career.  I’ve had huge ups in my career. I’ve played for my country at age grade, captained Gloucester, I’ve played at Welford road, I’ve done these great things.  And the reason I get out of bed in the morning is to be better at rugby and to be better I have to train.  It gives me my being even though I have moments of falling out with rugby.  My god, have I had a roller coaster relationship in the last ten years.  It is like that person in your life that no matter what happens you always have to go back to them.  For as long as I live, rugby will be a huge part of my life, no doubt. Everyone in my life I know and have bonded with because of rugby.

(C) This is easy for me. Don’t take it too seriously, too early. I signed my first contract aged 16 and I think maybe I stopped enjoying it for a few years . I thought this is my job now, I must be professional as if being professional and having fun were mutually exclusive which is absolutely not the case.  When rugby becomes your job you can forget that you love it and . . . it might be due to COVID but for quite a long time I did not have a contract and I stared down the barrel of not playing professional rugby anymore and I thought would I actually bother to play rugby.  I remember when I got back into a trial at Gloucester, my first training session - I had only trained by myself and I was just like a kid again.  This is amazing, so much fun.  And I swore, even now with my time at Ampthill, just enjoy it.  I had a taste of it being taken away from me and it was crushing.  Whether I play for another one year, ten years, I will never go onto a pitch without my first aim of wanting to enjoy myself.
(K) I think I would try to tell myself that the some of the happiest moments of your life will be watching your siblings play so stop being grumpy.  Some of the most emotional moments have been watching them. Now when I miss a game I’m gutted, I’ll drop anything to see them play
(C) Would you tell yourself to play, Kate?
(K) Yes and no. Horses and animals are still my passion so I’d say to myself, don’t discount it. The difficulty was that Essy was always so good and it was her sport so I needed to get over that and maybe just get out and play a bit and be proud of both of them. I t’s easier to say now that I’m 22. But my advice . . play if you want to.  Perhaps I was the girlier of the two of us and thought you can’t get dirty and play with boys.  All of my friends were girls - we were very different. I think at the time I thought of it as a boys’ sport which is an awful thing to say as it is a sport for all.
(S) It’s going to sound very cliched but I don’t have any regrets about what I have done, how I’ve gone about my business in any way.  I just think everything that happened, my progression so far has happened for a reason.  If you had asked me when I wasn’t getting into the England under 20s and felt I was going nowhere, I would not have changed that for the world.  It makes you who you are, the player you are in the long run (we then went into a short break to deal with a tubigrip” issue - you had to be there at the time).  I think I saw situations as massive failures and I was so embarrassed about not getting into things.  I’d seen my friends like Holly Aitchison getting on. That was just the things happened and that taught me that I had to learn to be resilient, not everything is going to be handed to you on a plate.  In girls’ rugby especially you played in three year age brackets and I was a 15 year old playing against 12 year olds and I was someone who was relatively good and confident playing against someone not very confident in their ability or new to the sport really.  It was easy for me and I found that it shaped who I am and it made me realise that rugby is what I want to do and worth fighting for. I’d probably say don’t be so hard on yourself, enjoy every part of what you’re doing.
(C) Just before we finish I want to go on record and say that although our associations with the club are with our Grandad Nigel Taylor and our Dad, I don’t think enough credit is given to our Mum and what she did and continues to do for us.  Dad used to coach me and Mum would take Essy to all of her games every Sunday
(K) And she’d take me with a picnic and entertain me
(C) No one in the history of the world washes kit better than Mum does, no one could be more supportive taking us all over the country.  We are incredibly lucky.  Most people would kill to have one supportive parent, we won the lottery and got two.
(K) Every time she scoops us up and dusts us off
(C) It’s important that people know this as sometimes I think that it’s all down to the Beckett side because of Dad and the name, but actually the Taylor side is just as important in our rugby development.

Beckett family - thank you

News Articles

  • Fireworks Display!

    Tue 26 Oct 2021 14:19

    Firwood Waterloo annual Fireworks Display! Tickets for our annual fireworks display go on Sale from Saturday 16th October from the clubhouse. Tickets cover entry to the grounds & … view

  • WOPS lunches

    Sun 24 Oct 2021 20:43

    Waterloo Old Players and Supporters Assoc.                              Waterloo Old Players Lunch Saturday 2nd October 2021.          Waterloo v  Kendal  K.O. 3-00 p.m.  Dear … view

  • Sportsman's Lunch 22 October 4pm

    Fri 22 Oct 2021 06:55

    Come along an enjoy a 3 course meal and then be entertained by Peter Edge.  A great way to start your weekend. He is described as being different, clean and very funny.  Peter has … view

  • 200 Club - September 2021 results - news of donated prizes

    Wed 20 Oct 2021 13:43

    Here are the results of the September 2021 200 club draw                JULY               1st. £150. 13               2nd. £75   152                 3rd.  £50.   23                … view

Firwood Waterloo FC on Facebook