All roads lead to Longlevens for Severn Sport Shield 2022

The participants have been confirmed for the 2022 Severn Sport Shield, with two former winning clubs and a previous host amongst the competitors for this year’s title.

Longlevens play host to the tournament, with all four games being played at Saw Mills in July and will be joined by 2019 shield winners Cheltenham Saracens, 2018 winners Gloucester City’s brand new U19s side and the hosts of the first ever Severn Sport Shield, Slimbridge.

The two semi finals are set for Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th July, with both ties kicking off at 19:45. Then, all four sides will play again on Saturday 16th July – with the Third Place play-off kicking off at Midday and the final kicking off at 15:30.

The draw for the two semi finals will take place later this week! Check our social media accounts for more information as the week goes on.

Severn Sport are delighted to confirm that our sponsors Cornell & Company have agreed to sponsor the tournament as well and we will announce our charity partners for the event following confirmation of the tournament being accepted by the GFA has been received – which will be within the next few weeks.

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Following the news, Severn Sport’s Ryan Butler has thanked all four clubs and gives his thoughts on the tournament:

I’m delighted to announce the tournament is running again and first and foremost thanks to Longlevens Co-Manager Craig Martin and Chairman Mark Cornell for their assistance in the planning stage of the Shield – they have given me updates over the last few months about their ground work and helped guide me on Saw Mills’ availability, which has been fantastic.

After last year’s ambition to get 8 teams involved fizzled out I remained eager to give Cheltenham Saracens a chance to defend the Shield they won in 2019 and again I’m delighted that Ryan Betteridge has agreed for his side to enter and they will be one to avoid in the semis, for me.

Being honest I initially approached Cinderford, again to give them a chance to defend the shield. But Sykesy was up front and honest so I spoke to Tom Deakin about Slimbridge’s availability. The club mean a lot to Kelsey and I and we have a great relationship with them on and off the pitch. After being great hosts in 2018 they are back again!

Knowing City wouldn’t put their First Team into the tournament I spoke to Lee Mansell and Mark Cook respectively to see if the new-look U19s would fancy being in it. They agreed with me that the tournament will provide the fans a great chance to see the new-look side in action against a high standard of local opposition. I can’t wait to see what they can do.

Between now and July there will be more updates, so keep an eye out and I look forward to seeing you all at Saw Mills in July!

Longlevens Co-Manager Craig Martin has given his thoughts on hosting the tournament:

We look forward to hosting the Shield and thank Severn Sport for giving us the chance to welcome everyone across the week.

Ryan and Kelsey have been great with us for a number of years now so when Ryan asked us to host, we were more than happy to accept the offer.

At Longlevens we are very ambitious and have been making improvements to the ground at Saw Mills, so we hope to see as many local football fans as possible to the ground for what is sure to be a great tournament.

Ryan has booked two very good teams in Slimbridge and Cheltenham Saracens and whilst we don’t know exactly how that Gloucester team will look, they are a new team so will be sure to try make a statement by beating more established teams in us, Saracens and Slimbridge.

Check back here on Severn Sport later this week for the Severn Sport Shield Semi Final Draw!

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