A SOLIHULL rugby club has retained the sponsorship of a supply chain specialist.
Birmingham and Solihull RFC (the Bees) will be supported by Redditch-based family business Oakland International for the next three years.
The club said knowing Oakland International has committed to supporting them for another three years means they can continue to plan and develop for future generations of players.
Chairman and head of senior rugby at Birmingham and Solihull RFC, Dr Arturo Lupoli or ‘Lou’ said: “Oakland International’s support over the next three years is invaluable as it allows us to invest in our youth section and infrastructure. which, since so much of it was built in the 60’s, requires a lot of loving and tender care.
“It also means that we can hire a physio to support the rehabilitation of injured players and work with them to promote injury prevention.”
“Unfortunately, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the numbers, but our ambition remains to play at level seven of the rugby pyramid by 2025, which is why we are now so focused on returning our youth section to its former group of about 250 young people. covering all age groups.
The Bees have had a successful youth section over the years, with some players signing professional contracts, including Noah Heward, who now plays for Premiership side Bristol Bears, and was previously a player for Worcester Warriors.
Oakland International’s Redditch Warehouse Manager Luke Attwell said: “Oakland has been an ardent supporter of Bee’s for over 15 years, both formally and informally, with former Chairman Dai Phillips developing the relationship with my parents when I joined as mini and junior player
“Although I am currently rehabbing from a long-term injury, I am proud to be a senior team player having moved up to the youth section since I was 11 years old.
“To receive so much support over the years from the club, coaches and volunteers, it is an absolute pleasure to know that the business continues to support the club.
“It is vital that local businesses get involved with community groups and sports teams that then benefit the local players of the future and the wider community through sport.”