Rugby club donation will support a sporting legacy
Wed 01 Jul 2015
Kind-hearted members of Sutton Coldfield Rugby Football Club have pledged a huge donation to a unique initiative by local estate agents Green & Co and the Sutton Coldfield Community Games, which is designed to get more people playing sport.
Green & Co, which has a network of local branches across Sutton Coldfield and surrounding areas, is urging people to donate unused sports equipment in support of local good causes - and support the sporting legacy of the Community Games.
Donations have already been flying in from the local community and now the town’s rugby club, based on Walmley Road, has pledged club shirts to support the cause.
All the equipment collected will be redistributed by Green & Co to local causes to help encourage and deliver greater participation in sport - including The ReUsers, located next to Sutton Coldfield Household Recycling Centre, and Sport Birmingham, harnessing the power of sport and physical activity to improve lives across the city.
Ben Smoldon, Chairman of Selectors at Sutton Coldfield RFC, visited Green & Co’s Four Oaks branch to arrange the donation. Ben even brought his own symbol of sporting legacy, a London 2012 Olympic torch, after he was chosen to be a torch bearer ahead of the historic Games.
Chris Green, director of Green & Co, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to support the Community Games and this initiative has enabled us to really get involved in the spirit and ethos of the event.
“We’ve had some very generous donations from the community but we are still hoping for even more and I know this gesture from Sutton Coldfield RFC will be well received by the good causes we are looking to support.”
Ben Smoldon said: “We are really looking forward to getting involved with the Sutton Coldfield Community Games, where we will be giving people the chance to give rugby a try, and this donation is another way in which we – as a club - can strengthen our links with the local community.
“The Community Games weekend will kick off an exciting summer for the club as we are getting ready for the arrival of the Samoa and Romania international rugby teams, who will be using our facilities to train ahead of matches in the Rugby World Cup 2015.”
Dennis Kennedy, founder of the Sutton Coldfield Community Games, said: “It’s fitting that Ben was able to bring his Olympic torch because so much of what the Community Games is about was founded on the 2012 Olympics. We’re looking to build a similar legacy here in Sutton Coldfield and as we approach the third Sutton Coldfield Community Games, we are all set for another action packed weekend of sports and activities on July 11th and 12th at Wyndley Leisure Centre.”
To donate your own unused sporting equipment pop into any Green & Co branch or visit www.green-property.com to find your nearest branch.