A campaign has been launched to save Birmingham Civil Service’s home ground at the Jaguar Landrover Sportsfield and Club in Solihull.
Jaguar Landrover have served notice that intend to use the sports ground, which is also home to 22 football teams, for an expanded car park in 2022.
Civil Service, who won the North Midlands Vase for the first time last season, have been tenants at the club for more than a decade following the loss of their historic home at Elmdon.
The Elmdon site – formerly the Civil Service Sports Ground – has since been brought into use as the home of Birmingham Exiles. Ironically Birmingham City Officials, who merged with Birmingham Welsh to form Exiles, used to play at the Land Rover ground in Damson Wood.
The Land Rover Sports and Social Club was created by the Land Rover employees to be used as a social meeting place and a place to enjoy shows with the family and engage with sports such as football, rugby, snooker, darts and the many other clubs that use the club such exercise programmes, dancing, keep fit etc etc. There are also many events held at the club that are attended by residents and members and employees of JLR. Hundreds of people pass through the club every single week.
The ground is the only open green space on the Damson Wood estate and is used every day by the residents. Several ears ago another application was rejected for housing.
As part of the campaign to save the sports ground a petition has been launched at: https://www.change.org/search?q=land%20rover%20sports%20and%20social%20club