Birmingham 2022

FOCAL is returning to the West Midlands, but for the first time it is for one our regular events! With the Finals event moving to Milton Keynes this year, Matthew S Rutherford is stepping up to host a FOCAL event in his hometown of Birmingham.

When: Saturday 13th August 2022
Where: Chester Road Baptist Church, B73 5HU (map)
Presented by: Matthew S Rutherford (MSR)
Format: ‘Lincoln style’, each player will play six 9-rounder games.
Admission: £10 per person, payable here
Start: 10:30am doors for a 11am start, please arrive by 10:45am
Finished by: 17:30

The Venue, Travel, and Accommodation

Our venue is the wonderful Chester Road Baptist Church, just a five minute walk from Chester Road railway station, which has regular trains to both Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley.

The 66 bus from Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield stops right outside the venue. Or if you’re driving yourself, the venue has 33 free parking spaces; just input your car registration plater number into one of the parking terminals in the building when you park up.

For more info on getting there, see the dedicated page on the church’s website here.

Please note that venue policy requires under-18s to be accompanied by an adult, and no alcohol is to be brought on site. Save your drinks for the pub afterwards!

Lunch is not provided but there are many nearby shops including a Tesco Express and a McDonalds.

For hotels, there are plenty of options in central Birmingham, or the nearby town of Sutton Coldfield has both a Premier Inn and a Travelodge.

FOCAL events are fun!

Rough itinerary for the day

10:30 Doors open
11:00: First round draw is made – please try and arrive by 10:45
11:15 First round starts
12:30: Lunch break
13:30: Second round starts
14:45: Third round starts
16:15: Grand final
16:45: Prizegiving
17:00: Clear up
17:30: Close


For all the keen co:parkrunners, Sutton Park parkrun is nearby. It looks to be a nice traily one, not too quick but very fun!

Sutton Park

Entry fee

Entry is just £10 per person, payable here.

This link uses MSR’s real name but the link is correct! Please remember to use the friends and family option. If PayPal doesn’t suit, please get in touch with us and we can arrange some other method of payment.

Any questions?

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Attending or organising a FOCAL event is subject to the Code of Conduct.