John Beach

Nickname : Beachy – It’s pretty much always been Beachy, although I did answer to Blackpool for a little while!

Home Town : Oldham – birthplace of many RL  legends. Joseph Platt Sec. of the Northern Union and founder member of the RFL was from Oldham. Like many in the town Rugby League just runs through my veins.

Other RL Involvement : I played as a junior at Waterhead RLFC, then made the short move across town to Saddleworth Rangers. I then worked for Oldham RLFC whilst studying at college, and became Chairman of Cornwall Rugby League Association in 2011, two years before we founded the Rebels. 

Biggest Achievement : 2014 was a pretty special year overall at the Rebels, We won everything in South West RL and had one hell of a team. We came second in a national social media competition based around the Challenge Cup (Tetleys Pass It On) and Hosted the Steve Prescott Foundation before their ‘LEJOG4PRECKY’ challenge., helping to raise a substantial amount of funds. Personally I capped off a great year by being awarded RFL Volunteer of the Year at Old Trafford. 

Best RL Memory(s) : There’s so many; seeing a crowd of 500 for the first ever Origin game to be held in Cornwall at the Mennaye Field (Cornish Pirates ground), winning County of Origin a year later in a torrential rain in Teignmouth with a thrown together side, the birth of the Rebels, three back to back SWRL Grand Final Victories, the RFL Award, seeing hundreds of fans cheer the lads on at St Helens, seeing 250 school children take part in our schools festivals year after year – these are all things I will never forget. 

“In my mind the greatest thing we have done with the Rebels is make memories (and history) time after time.  It’s really hard to compare them because each is a small step towards our ultimate goal of delivering a professional Rugby League club that Cornwall can be proud of. We know we can bring rugby league to a whole new audience, and give kids opportunities that generations before have never had.