KINGS NORTON Rugby Club are raring to go ahead of the new season, with preparations well under way throughout the Hopwood Park Club based in Ash Lane, Hopwood.
Over the summer, there has been plenty of activity to improve the club’s facilities and bring fresh blood on to the committee.
Pride of place goes to the newly-refurbished ladies’ toilets, which really are fit for a queen!
Now, with just a few weeks to go until the first game of the season on August 26 – a cup trip to Chaddesley Corbett – thoughts turn to the serious stuff.
Leading the charge is new first team skipper and club stalwart Richard Revell, whose excitement for the coming season is evident.
“I’ve been at the club long enough to have seen all the ups and downs over the years. The senior teams have had a tough few seasons of late, but we’re all champing at the bit for the new season,” said Revell.
“Pre-season training has been great so far and the lads can’t wait to make their mark on the league.”
Revell, though, is the first to stress the club is more than just a first team.
“We’ve got something for everyone here,” added Revell. “The Rhinos youth section is going from strength to strength and there’s nothing better than seeing the youngsters having the time of their lives on a Sunday morning.
“For those with a few more years on the clock, the veterans XV is, quite simply, social rugby at its very best.
“The club has also been doing its bit for sport within the wider community, entering into ground-sharing arrangements with local rugby league side NEW Ravens and Worcester’s Black Nights American football side.”
Whilst minds are now focusing on the challenges of the forthcoming season, Saturday (July 29) will see Kings Norton host the Scrum for Brum charity day in aid of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The main event is a 7s tournament and there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the day for all ages including a bouncy castle and inflatables, face-painting, bar, food and music. The fun begins at 11am on Saturday and runs through to the evening.
Players of all ages and abilities are welcome at the club. Senior training is already under way on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and junior Rhinos training begins on Sunday, September 3 at 10am.
Kings begin their Midlands Five West (South) campaign at Birmingham Exiles on September 9.