Kings Norton's New Floodlights

Pertemps Bees winger Nick Baxter will return to Kings Norton, his first club, to open their new floodlights on Wednesday September 22.

Baxter, the first player to score 100 league tries in senior rugby in England, first began playing rugby with Kings Norton 12 years ago when he switched from football.

He moved on to Worcester then to Pertemps Bees three years ago but still retains strong links with Kings Norton who are rightly proud of his achievements.

Baxter, who has played international sevens rugby for England and for the Barbarians, will perform the official switch-on of the floodlights at Kings Norton's Ash Lane ground which have majority-funded by the RFU's Community Club Development Programme.

The CCDP will provide £9.4 million of Treasury money over the next three years for grants for floodlighting, pitch improvements, regional equipment maintenance stores and rubber crumb training pitches. Around £7m has already been distributed to 125 projects at clubs across the country.

The switch-on ceremony for the lights, which have cost around £38,000 will be followed by a celebration match between a Kings Norton President's XV and the Guanos, the well-known Midlands invitation club.

Leading players, past and present, from Midlands rugby will play in the game which kicks-off at 7.45pm, 45 minutes after Baxter switches on the county-standard lights.

Kings Norton's ground, close to junction two of the M42 motorway are already used extensively by North Midlands youth teams and the floodlights will enable them to stage midweek county fixtures.