THE Bees have launched a massive appeal to ensure top class rugby continues in Solihull.
The Damson Park-based club is appealing to businesses and individuals to step in and provide financial backing.
And as an extra incentive its chairman and benefactor Chris Loughran is prepared to match any moneys pledged pound for pound up to £200,000.
“We need as much as we can get,” said Loughran.
“For a club to perform at our level, we will need at least £150,000. It’s not just that though, we want to be a bigger part of the community, if we can get more local support that will really help us push on.
“You look to the East and the West and you see some real top class sides, and that’s because they have local businesses backing them at every game, that’s what we want.”
The Bees - Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club - suffered relegation from the RFU’s Championship this season - the second tier of rugby in England, and now find themselves in National League 1.
As a result of the drop they also lost hundreds of thousands of pounds of income from the RFU.
However the club has no debts and Loughran, who has supported the club financially up to this point, has now launched the audacious bid to keep the team going.
He’s been backed by the board too with player coach Russell Earnshaw and his assistant Eugene Martin both prepared to carry on with the club even with a large cut in salary.
“If you look at clubs like Leicester and Worcester they have local businesses supporting them - that’s why we have targeted supporters, businesses and professional firms to come onboard and back us,” said Loughran.
“The financial situation was always going to be challenging for us, any club losing 50 per cent of their funding will find it hard, but we want local businesses backing us, not just to help us, and we want to make the club part of the community, the more local support we can get, the better.”
The Bees would like sponsorship confirmed by May 31 to move forward funding their upcoming season.
If you would like to sponsor or donate to the Bees or would like more information contact them on 0121 705 0409.