Severn Sport are delighted to announce that Gloucestershire Nightstop are the official charity for the Severn Sport Shield in July.
With just three weeks until the inaugural pre-season tournament kicks off we met up with Gloucestershire Nightstop’s Project Manager Ciaran Murphy & Link Manager Alex Simick at Chrome Awards in Gloucester to officially confirm them as our chosen charity.
Gloucestershire Nightstop are a charity that provide emergency accommodation for homeless young people in and around the Gloucestershire area. Running from their Spa Road headquarters their team of staff and volunteers look to provide the emergency service and support for young people in the local area. On all three days of the tournament there will be volunteers collecting donations as well as a special charity raffle/penalty shootout that will be confirmed in due course. All donations go directly to the charity.
When asked the best way to describe the charity and it’s services Ciaran said, “we’re a local charity in Gloucester that works around the county to provide accommodation for homeless people aged 16-25. The accommodation we provide is slightly unusual as it’s in people’s homes. The homes of vetted and trained volunteers that we have recruited from all areas and the support we provide is designed to make sure the young people we work with can make a sustainable move on from homelessness at the earliest opportunity.”
Ciaran has been involved with Gloucestershire Nightstop since 2006 so has seen the charity build over the years and from talking to him it was clear how important donations from local people are to the way the charity runs.
“Because we are a small charity any donation we get makes a huge difference. We’re working on a fairly tight budget compared to some of the larger charities so the donations make a massive impact, no matter how large or small. Also we can confidently say that any donation we do receive will go directly to local young people.”
Ciaran, who will be in attendance on the Saturday finals day of the tournament with a group of Gloucestershire Nightstop volunteers and representatives, expressed how much being the chosen charity of the tournament meant to him and the charity as a whole.
“[To be Severn Sport’s chosen charity] we are absolutely chuffed, I mean to put it in football terms we are over the moon. We’re really pleased. We have been involved with other local companies were sport has been involved but this is the first time we have ever been directly chosen as the charity for a local sporting event so it’s really exciting.”
“I am really looking forward to the tournament. I do have to confess that I don’t know an awful lot about the teams other than Gloucester City, who are probably the biggest of the four so I am really interested to see the David vs Goliath scrap and how the ‘smaller’ teams fair against the bigger teams. But with it being a pre-season event anything can happen on the day and everyone has a fair chance in a one off game.”
As mentioned earlier we met Ciaran and Alex at Chrome Awards in Hempstead, Gloucester as we picked up the Severn Sport Shield and a trophy that will be given out to the man of the match of the final itself. Severn Sport would like to thank Laura Royce at Chrome Awards for the support and service provided in getting the trophies ready and we would encourage anyone who needs any trophies or awards for any occasion to get in touch with her, visit http://chromeawards.co.uk/ for more information.
The Severn Sport Shield kicks off at Slimbridge AFC’s Thornhill Park on Tuesday 10th July (7.45pm kick off) when Slimbridge take on National League South side Gloucester City. Tuffley Rovers take on Longlevens the following night in the second semi final, before the third placed play off and final on Saturday 14th July (all at Slimbridge AFC).
More news on ticket prices and timings will be confirmed later this week.
If you wish to donate to a wonderful cause or are looking to volunteer with Gloucestershire Nightstop, we encourage you to visit their website, www.gloucestershirenightstop.org.uk , as well as visiting their Facebook & Twitter pages.