Birmingham & Solihull have become the latest rugby club to turn to their members for financial backing.
Earlier this week the cash-strapped National Two outfit sent out letters to their supporters in the hope their small but loyal fan-base will help contribute ‘a few tens of thousands’ to help them address their monetary concerns ahead of next month’s date with destiny.
Bees, who are currently second in National Two, nine points behind leaders Redruth, hope to find out the result of a planning application to develop their existing home at Sharmans Cross Road when Solihull Borough Council meets on February 17.
If consent is given they will be able to proceed with the sale of the site and expedite their move to Damson Park where they will groundshare with Solihull Moors Football Club.
Until that time they must manage the effects of the economic downturn and the impacts that has had on their sponsorship levels.
“It has never been easy raising enough funds for Birmingham & Solihull. It has been harder this year and we are a little short at the moment,” said honorary secretary Tony Moir.
“Some of our sponsors have not come up with the same amount as in the past and although our gates are holding up well we do not get as much central funding. Although we knew about that we are really finding it hard on the sponsorship side. We need a few quid to see us through this difficult time.
“It’s a few tens of thousands – we are not talking hundreds of thousands. We are trying to make absolutely sure everything is working well.”
Bees are just one of several clubs, including Nottingham and Coventry, who have tried to mobilise supporters as the recession takes its toll.
Moir said there was a potential new sponsor in the pipeline and insisted there was no danger of Bees not being able to meet their league obligations this season.
Anyone who would like to help the club can do so on 0121 705 0409.