A RACE against time has been launched by Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club to raise enough cash to meet a £93,000 bill from the taxman by October 7.
Club officials are understood to be pursuing one project in particular with the timescale measured in days, not weeks.
The news came to light after the club’s Board of Directors called a meeting with its members and debenture holders at its Sharmans Cross Road HQ on Thursday to save the club from closure. Members have already pledged some £60,000 to keep the Championship league club, one of the top 24 in country, afloat and some 70 people crammed into the clubhouse for this latest meeting.
A club spokesperson said there had been some heart-felt outbursts but the meeting was kept to order and progressed to a positive conclusion.
Two proposals came forward from a group of members one of which is seen as a possible lifeline to take the club through to the end of the season.
Options are understood to include the possible sale of the club Portway training ground to one of the region’s new universities and an appeal against Solihull planning committee’s refusal to grant permission to build some 70 plus homes at Sharmans Cross Road.
The club, which is offering to run a borough-wide community support programme, would then move in to ground share with Solihull Moors FC at their amson Park ground.
Bees are due to play away at Nottingham in the Championship this Sunday at 3pm and the spokesperson said they would be fulfilling that fixture and aiming to win.