Pertemps Bees have joined forces with South Birmingham College to launch a new rugby academy designed to nurture new rugby talent.
The academy, due to start September next year, will have an initial intake of around 100 students and will allow 16-to 18-year-old players to stay in further education while benefiting from coaching with the National One club.
Students will combine studies with four-days-a-week rugby coaching at Pertemps Bees' training base at Portway.
Ric Marconi, sports academy director of South Birmingham College, said: "People sometimes see rugby as a game that is only played at 'better' schools," Marconi said. "We want to encourage people from all over the city, especially inner-city Birmingham, to consider becoming part of the Academy ."
Pertemps Bees have already forged close links with South Birmingham College through flanker Tu Tamarua. The player is currently enrolled on a plumbing course at the college with an eye to life after his playing days.