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June 26th 2017

Making sporting memories with the RAF

Scott Taylor taking part in a RAF Vets football match against Liverpool FC Vets

Scott Taylor taking part in a RAF Vets football match against Liverpool FC Vets

A reservist from Lincolnshire has explained why he is so proud to have represented the RAF around the country by playing his favourite sport.

Flight Sergeant Scott Taylor, aged 46, is currently serving as a Reservist at RAF Waddington as part of Headquarters Intelligence Reserves, and has represented the RAF on the football pitch for more than 20 years.

Scott Taylor and three other reservists on AF Day 2014 outside Rangers FC ground

Scott Taylor and three other reservists on Armed Forces Day 2014 outside Rangers FC ground

Scott joined the RAF Reserve in 2013 after completing a full-time 26 year career as a Logistics Catering Manager in the Regular RAF.

Scott said: “It’s massively different for me being a part of the Intelligence Reserves instead of being in the trade of catering but both areas of work are hugely rewarding.

“Towards the end of my full-time career I took a break from catering to work in recruiting, which I enjoyed immensely. I’m now helping to recruit people into the Intelligence Reserves, so there are certainly cross-overs between my two roles.

As a keen football fan, Scott has made the most of the sporting opportunities available to him both as a regular and a reserve. As a regular, he played RAF representative football from around 1992 until he retired from his full-time role. He is now playing in the RAF’s Veteran Team – competing against both military and civilian sides.

Scott explained: “Sport is a big part of being a reservist for me, it keeps me fit and I enjoy the competition. Looking at our future fixture list we are representing RAF Veterans at various places around the UK including Liverpool, Cardiff, London and Scotland.  There are also plans in progress to organise an end of season tour to Hawaii in 2018.

“There are fantastic opportunities to travel worldwide for a variety of reasons in the RAF, so this is a brilliant reason to consider joining, if anyone is looking for a new challenge. During my career I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Hong Kong, Thailand, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, America, as well as several countries in Europe – thanks to representing the RAF on the football field.”

Scott Taylor taking part in a RAF Vets football matach at RAF Cosford (1)

Scott Taylor taking part in a RAF Vets football match at RAF Cosford 

Speaking about his personal achievements in relation to football, Scott said: “As a RAF Regular I captained the full RAF Representative Team which was great experience, represented the Combined Services for 10 years and I am now fortunate as a Reserve to captaining the RAF Veteran Team.

“We were successful in the Inter-Services tournament in March this year; drawing with a young fit Army side in Aldershot, plus we beat the Royal Navy at home in Cosford, which were both proud moments.

“We have a great relationship with Liverpool Football Club through one of our contacts, so we have been able to use one of the club’s training facilities on a few occasions, which has been amazing. In the future we are hoping to organise a match against celebrities and ex-professional footballers through Liverpool Football Club, so I think I speak for all of the players when I say we are looking forward to this.”

“As a recruiter I believe it is my duty to be honest with new potential recruits explaining what opportunities there are available to both Regulars and Reserves in the RAF from both a career development and sporting point of view. I enjoy sharing my experiences and hope that my story may inspire other people to find out more about joining the Service as a Regular or Reserve.”

To find out more about joining the RAF Reserves please contact the RAF Reserves Information Line on 0345 6069069

“Sport is a big part of being a reservist for me, it keeps me fit and I enjoy the competition."