A NOMADIC football club has a home of its own at last - and borough Mayor Councillor David Bell was on hand to officially open its new ground.
Balsall and Berkswell Footbal Club, known as The Hornets, had seen its players travel all over the borough and beyond in the 60 years of its existence, all the time searching for a place of its own.
Then Solihull council stepped in and the The Hornets have finally settled at a ground intriguingly called The Triangle off Lavender Hill Lane in Balsall Common.
And who better than Berkswell resident, current Mayor and Meriden councillor David Bell to snip the tape?
“It was a fantastic day and we feel that, at last, we’re finally established in the community as we now have a home of our own,” said club secretary Launa Hearne.
“The Mayor and his wife, the Mayoress Sally Bell were there and it means that now, families moving to the area will be able to see our sign and know that we’re here.”
The club’s reach is huge; running 21 teams each week from boys and girls up to adults and the three pitches on The Triangle are sure to be put to good use.
“Our next task is to get changing facilities and toilets there and we are currently in the process of trying to achieve that,” said Launa.
Balsall Common Lions have also stepped in to help, offering £3,000 for storage containers that could be converted into changing rooms.
“Everyone has pulled together,” said Launa. “Even though last Saturday was the official opening and nothing else we put on a barbecue and other events and managed to raise £700 for the club.”
For more information visit www.balsallhornets.co.uk/