- Birmingham's Dixonians move home to Rowheath with help of RFF grant
- Club will celebrate centenary with veterans match on September 28
Birmingham club Lordswood Dixonians have received a grant from the Rugby Football Foundation’s (RFF) Helping Hands scheme to enable them to set up home at the Rowheath playing fields in Bournville.
The future of Dixonians, a long-established club, appeared to be in doubt last season when they were forced to withdraw from the league structure following an exodus of senior players.
But club stalwarts have rallied around to form a new committee and Dixonians have opted to regroup in their centenary season by competing in the local merit tables.
Links have also been forged with the Birmingham University Medics club, which Dixonians hope will increase their playing depth.
They have also decided to move closer to their roots in south Birmingham by leaving Portway, the ground they had shared with Birmingham & Solihull, and relocating to Rowheath on Bournville Village Trust land.
The Rowheath ground was previously home to the Bournville club but the rugby posts were dismantled when Bournville set up home at Birmingham University four years ago.
With the help of a £1,042 grant from the RFF, Dixonians have been able to erect new posts at Rowheath and will also have storage facilities at the site.
The Rugby Football Foundation is a charitable trust established by the Rugby Football Union with the aim of promoting and developing community amateur rugby in England.
The Helping Hands programme provides small grants of between £500 and £1,500 for capital projects for clubs competing at level five and below.
Dixonians will celebrate their centenary with a veterans match against Bromsgrove at Rowheath on September 28.