BIRMINGHAM & Solihull Bees may have been late starting their community initiatives but the Guinness Championship rugby club has had a busy year catching up.
Last year the Bees were promoted to the new full-time professional league after an almost faultless season in National Two.
But that isn’t the only thing they are celebrating because their community programme has just reached its first anniversary of sports provision in the region.
The Sharmans Cross Road outfit is the highest-ranked rugby club in the borough and last year the players’ visits to schools, charities, and other organisations helped establish them as healthy male role models.
Despite a vigorous training regime, lock Alex Davidson and back-row forward Andy Daish each put in more than 1,000 hours of community work while other first team players fulfilled between three and eight hours a week.
Schools remain a top priority as the Bees prepare for the forthcoming campaign.
Dozens of primary and secondary schools benefited from their input last season as tag rugby and other schemes were introduced.
Although Solihull is their home, the Bees have travelled as far as Bournville College to help out youngsters while locally Archbishop Grimshaw School and Peterbrook School have reaped the rewards of tuition from the professional side.
The on-going groundshare saga with Solihull Moors FC is still holding the club back as it looks to progress into the future.
Should the planning application get the go-ahead a Community Foundation scheme worth £3.35m could be used to benefit sport in Solihull.
For the latest news on the Bees check out next week’s Solihull News sports section.