OVER 100 schoolchildren from Redditch and Solihull took part in a Rugby event at Birmingham & Solihull Bees Rugby Club.

The pupils, aged 7-9 years from Webheath Academy Primary School, Mappleborough Green Primary, Coppice Primary School and Tanworth-in-Arden Primary School, were given the opportunity to take part in a series of mini-rugby sessions with qualified coaches.

The takeover days were delivered in association with Birmingham & Solihull Bees Rugby Club.

They are part of a two-year partnership launched last year between leading commercial property developer, Stoford and community engagement specialist, Community Group. 

Cllr Matt Dormer, Redditch Borough Council Leader and Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "It is important for sports like rugby to be accessible to our young people so they can learn about working as a team, make new friendships and generally have a good run around in an age where so much time is spent on screens.

"And who knows, this could inspire the next Sarah Hunter or Owen Farrell hailing from Redditch.”

The partnership aims to provide a programme of PE and sports opportunities for children in Redditch and Solihull, with a focus on rugby union and rugby values.

It includes the provision of lunchtime clubs and tailored PE and curriculum delivery, enabling children to develop a healthy habit of exercising and support a positive experience of sport. 

Pete Carr, Mini and Junior Chair for Birmingham & Solihull Bees Rugby Club, said: “We’ve hugely enjoyed hosting the two events with Stoford and Community Group.

"You could see how much fun the children had and we’re really keen to build on that momentum.

"We want local schools to continue to use the space we have available here and would encourage anyone interested to contact the Club.”

There are also opportunities for wider out-of-school activities, such as pathways to play club rugby at Birmingham & Solihull Bees. 

Dan Gallagher, Joint Manager Director at Stoford, said: "This is the first time that many of the children have taken part in the game of rugby and hopefully the experience will inspire them to keep playing.

"Rugby is not only a fun sport to play, but also teaches important life skills as part of a supportive and inclusive team environment that any age group can enjoy.