Freddy learnt to play rugby with BBRFC during the late 70's & early 80's as a prop and took part in the 1982 Vancouver Tour. He is currently Honorary Mayor of Brussels and Honorary President of Brussels Expo (in charge of International Relations). He is a Belgian socialist politician who was Mayor of the City of Brussels from 2001 to 2013 and previously also for a period in 1994.
Born in Laeken in 1944, Freddy lived there during all his childhood. From this, he developed deep ties to the Brussels region and its way of life, a feeling of belonging to a tradition flows in his veins: fan of the Brussels dialect the Marollese (from the Marolles quarter) which he spoke with his grandfather, having learnt its diversity and culture mix through his mother, who was born in the "Klein Brabant".
Freddy graduated in Commercial Sciences before working as a teacher at various high schools in Brussels. His political career started in 1983 when he worked on the cabinet of Hervé Brouhon, then the mayor of Brussels. Freddy became an alderman for the Parti Socialiste in 1988, and mayor of Brussels between 1994 and 1995. He served in the Brussels Parliament from 1995 until 1999, when he became a member of the European Parliament. After the municipal elections of 2000 Freddy again became mayor of Brussels from early 2001; he resigned in 2013 due to his age, and has been succeeded by Yvan Mayeur.
Freddy is a member of BBRFC Celtic and in September 2014 was elected to the Board of the Belgian Rugby Union (FBRB) and appointed as a Vice President.
Stuart came to Brussels in 1981 when he joined BBRFC and played in the 3rd team for a couple of years before injury curtailed his playing days. Previously he had spent 12 years at Saracens in North London appearing in the first team as flanker from 1970-73 and then as hooker from 1978-81.
He held various positions on the committee of BBRFC for 30 years, being Chairman from 1986-88 and President between 1992 -2010.
He was responsible for organising several International Charity Rugby Matches in Brussels during the years 1986-87-90-91 which brought to Belgium many of the most famous Rugby players from the Five Nations of the 1970s and early 1980's, to play against a ‘BBRFC Belgian Select’ side.
In 2006 he arranged for BBRFC to become a Saracens Partner Club, following which Saracens have visited Brussels to provide several coaching sessions, a major one taking place prior to the Heineken Cup match against Racing Metro played in Brussels in 2012, which Stuart helped facilitate. In 2008 he arranged for the Barbarians to train at the British School and then entertained them to dinner (and beyond) prior to their match against Belgium.
Two of his children played for BBRFC before moving to the UK to study and play rugby whilst at Loughborough University. Son Craig played for England Students in 2013 and was England RFU Student player of the year in 2014 and currently has a professional contract with Rotherham. Daughter Laura captained Loughborough University Ladies 2013-14, was a member of RFU Midlands Women’s Academy 2012-14 and now London & SE Academy 2014-15, currently playing for Saracens Women.
With a degree in Physics from Manchester University, Stuart started as a software engineer with STC in the UK, later joining ITT in Brussels in programme management roles, then spent 3 years as a consultant in the European Commission, before establishing EUROCITY in 1992. Essentially retiring in 2013 he still has an interest in EUROCITY, who are proud to sponsor BBRFC Celtic, as the current MD Sean MacMahon is himself a former Brussels Celtic player.
During Stuart’s retirement he has continued involvement in charity work: committee member of the Brussels British Community Association (BBCA); on the organising committee of the Duchess of Richmond Ball (DoRB) ; member the Orbit Village Charity team in Brussels (several BBRFC former players - supporting an orphanage and school in Kenya).
Stuart has recently re-started “playing” Rugby again for Old Vulgarians during the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festivals in Japan 2012 and Argentina 2014 !!
Martin played many seasons for BBRFC during the 70s and 80s.
From 1980 to 1983 he as was 1st team captain, and then chairman of the club for several more years.
Mr. Martin Blackwell is now retired, but was a partner with Ernst & Young in Belgium and has been a significant patron for BBRFC Celtic for a number of years.
He is a well respected and prominent figure within the British Community in Brussels.
As a keen rugby supporter and touch rugby player I am delighted to become a patron of BBRFC Celtic – a “team that demonstrates how rugby can bring people together for fitness and friendship”.
Emma McClarkin MEP was first elected at the European election, 2009 as a Conservative Party MEP making her, at the age of 30, the youngest British MEP.
Emma was brought up in Stroud and attended her local grammar school, Stroud Girls High School. She graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Law and went on to work as a Legal Clerk in a law firm.
Having been a member of the Conservative Party from an early age, after working in the Law she decided it was time to become more involved, and worked for the Party in the East Midlands Region both as Press Officer to the Conservative Party's East Midlands MEPs and as Political Advisor to Roger HelmerMEP in the European Parliament in Brussels.
From 2008 until elected in June 2009 Emma worked for the Rugby Football Union as their Government Relations Executive working with both MPs and MEPs to promote the sport on a local, national and international stage.
Emma is now one of five elected MEPs for the East Midlands region. Since elected Emma has been appointed Conservative Spokesman and Coordinator on the Culture and Education and Sport Committee in the European Parliament, as well as being a member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and International Development Committee.
Outside of work Emma’s interests include walking, the countryside and photography. Emma is also a keen sports fan and rugby follower and captained the Parliament’s Touch Rugby team!
Al played scrum half for BBRFC during the 1970s.
Mr. Alastair Sutton is a member of the English Bar and now practices privately, having previously been a partner of White & Case LLP, concentrating in the law and policy of the European Union, international trade and English public law, including actions before the European and English courts involving EU law.
His practice focuses on EU economic and constitutional law (especially involving EU "single market" law, competition and state aids, intellectual property, the free movement of goods, financial services, direct and indirect tax, and monetary law), energy policy (especially nuclear, natural gas and electricity), environmental protection, agriculture, high-technology industries (especially in the entertainment sector), automobiles, food, drink and tobacco, textiles, steel and shipbuilding.
As a former EU trade negotiator, GATT/WTO (especially dispute settlement) is also an important part of Mr. Sutton's practice.
Mr. Sutton joins as another significant patron to the BBRFC Celtic.
In September of 2003, Mr. Ed Read Cutting joined the list of stars and celebrities who now call themselves BBRFC Celtic Patrons.
Ed initially joined the BBRFC in the late 90's after a short rugby career at a rival Brussels rugby club.
While Ed officially still plays rugby Touch Rugby, his games are becoming fewer and far between. However, the BBRFC Celtic always appreciate it when Ed makes an appearance on the pitch.
Off the pitch Ed is a family man, half marathoner, former President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and a financial advisor for Fulcra International.