KINGS Norton Rhinos under 13’s are playing in brand new kit thanks to a £1,400 donation from local housebuilder Bellway.
Bellway are building new homes at The Oaks in Kings Norton and their donation will allow the Rhinos to start the season in new kit.
The club is based at Hopwood Park off Ash Lane and the under 13’s are one of Kings Norton RFC’s junior teams – a club founded almost 100 years ago and has members aged from six upwards.
Under 13 Rhinos lead coach Jake Morris said: “All the boys on the team are 12 years old from Kings Norton and surrounding areas, from different schools and backgrounds.
“I reached out to Bellway as I know they were building in the local area, and I felt it was important that all the boys had a matching unified kit.
“We wanted to enable everyone to look the same, play as one and enjoy themselves, no matter their background.
“The boys were really excited when they got the kit and were inspired to come back and play rugby again after a turbulent year of cancelled training due to Covid restrictions.
“We are really pleased that Bellway were able to support us, it’s great to see a large housebuilder support the local community in which they build.”
The team is run by four coaches – all of whom are volunteers – and has 24 members with around 230 players in total playing for Kings Norton’s junior teams.
Sales Director of Bellway West Midlands Marie Richards said: “We are pleased the team were happy with their new kits and excited to start the new season.
“It has been a rocky year for lots of young people involved in clubs such as this one so we are happy these kits will enable them to come together and play as one again.
“Clubs like this one rely on funding and donations and are run entirely by volunteers, so we are glad to be able to show our support.”
Bellway West Midlands is building a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes at The Oaks, located off Parsons Hill, approximately four miles from the club’s ground.
The housebuilder is selling the final nine homes at The Oaks, where prices currently start at £257,500 for a two-bedroom house, with other three and four-bedroom properties also on the market.
For more information about the properties available at The Oaks, visit https://www.bellway.co.uk/new-homes/west-midlands/the-oaks or call the sales office on 0121 756 2091.