The next in our series of posts, thanking our great sponsors, who help us provide free rugby for the kids of inner city North Birmingham!
In a previous post we thanked Hennessey’s Bar & Grill for their kind support, they are part of the huge Irish community in Birmingham, which we are proud to say our rugby club has been associated with for many years.
Our next thanks goes to Mr Irish Community himself and the most hospitable publican to ever grace the streets of Birmingham.
John Tighe, owner of the Spotted Dog in Digbeth, long-time supporter and friend of our club, has been fundamental in our rebirth and our ability to achieve our goals of “Changing Lives Through Rugby”.
One problem we recognised when trying to engage teenage kids, was a general lack of parental ability or willingness to get kids to and from the club. Many of our kids travel from all over Birmingham, some even catching two buses and travelling for an hour each way to join us!
We were desperate for some form of transport to be able to pick up groups of kids.
John stepped up to the mark, in collaboration with Mac, Owner of Cambridge Autos in Digbeth (another bloody nice bloke), they donated the use of the Happy Bus!
The bus has been used by the club for over two years, picking up kids from school and dropping back after sessions, (much to the embarrassment of the kids), the old ring and ride convert may not be a lean, mean, street machine, but it is a great reliable set of wheels and typifies the off the wall, can do attitude, that is shared by John and us at the club.
Thank you John and Mac for your support and if anyone needs a decent pint and a great night out, look up the Spotted Dog or if you want your car fixed by an good honest mechanic, look no further than Cambridge Autos.