Black Country Living Museum is teaming up with local American Football Club Sandwell Steelers for a Black Country Challenge day at the Museum on August Bank Holiday Monday.
The attraction will see teams from Sandwell Steelers compete against each other in a series of challenges, culminating in a vintage bus pull, to raise funds for both organisations.
The day resumes a relationship which started almost 30 years ago.
In April 1986, Steelers players challenged themselves with a tram pull at the museum, although the weight of the tram wasn’t the only test… blizzard conditions had to be contended with as well!
Today, both organisations have firmly established themselves within the local community. Black Country Living Museum is not only a great day out for families but, as an educational charity, welcomes around 60,000 school children each year to learn of the area’s impact on the world.
Sandwell Steelers, based at Tipton Sports Academy, gives young people the opportunity to participate in a non-traditional sport and become physically active with coaching sessions for 14-19 year olds and local school visits to showcase flag football, a non-contact version of the game for 7-16 year olds.
Steve Hannington, Chairman of Sandwell Steelers American Football Club, said: “Black Country Living Museum displays our local heritage and our club is very keen to be a part of the community.
“This is where we are from and what we are about - hard working, persistent and inventive people.
“We are delighted to be involved with Black Country Living Museum and are all very excited about the challenges.
“We look forward to hopefully recruiting new Sandwell Steelers players and fans of the future on the day, whilst raising vital funds for both deserving causes.”
Carolyn Sankey, Director of Development at Black Country Living Museum, said: “The day aims to raise £2,000 for the organisations: Sandwell Steelers are currently raising funds to purchase game kits for the new season, whilst Black Country Living Museum is raising funds for the upkeep and restoration of vehicles in its transport collection.”
To sponsor the teams and make a donation, visit www.bclm .co.uk/support-us.htm or text BCLM14 followed by a space and the amount you want to give (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.