Severn Sport Shield to kick-off Cinderford’s Centenary Celebrations

Severn Sport are delighted to announce that the 2021 Severn Sport Shield is heading to the Forest of Dean and will help Cinderford Town kick-off their centenary celebrations.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the 2020 Severn Sport Shield was postponed, but the pre-season tournament is back and the Causeway will play host to the four matches.

This will be the third running of the Shield. Gloucester City won the debut season of the competition when held at Slimbridge’s Thornhill Park in 2018, with Cheltenham Saracens winning the competition in 2019, at Tuffley Rovers’ Glevum Park.

The 2021 Severn Sport Shield will take place the week commencing the 12th July, with Semi-Final 1 taking place on Tuesday 13th, Semi-Final 2 taking place on Wednesday 14th, with the finals day (3rd placed play-off followed by the final) taking place on Saturday 17th July. As ever, all games will be taking place at the host ground.

We will be announcing the remaining three participants throughout the week and also announcing the 2022 host club on Friday.

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Cinderford Town Chairman Stuart Tait has given us his thoughts on having the Severn Sport Shield at The Causeway as part of the centenary celebrations for the club.

“We have a sense of “normality” after a tough year for all, well it’s slowly getting there,” said Tait.

“As a club it gives us the greatest pleasure to host the Severn Sport Shield this year, it is a fantastic start to our centenary season as well.

Unfortunately we had to delay our centenary celebrations last year due to the pandemic and to now announce this tournament coming to The Causeway is only the start of an exciting pre-season we have planned here at Cinderford Town,” he added.

Head of Programming at Severn Sport, Ryan Butler, had this to say:

“After having to postpone last season’s Shield we had initially looked at expanding the competition to 8 teams, however due to clubs becoming unavailable and schedules clashing we decided to stick to our traditional four team format.

Stuart spoke to Kelsey and I at the start of 2020 about what we had planned for the Shield that summer and asked if we would be interested in being part of the club’s centenary. Even just saying that is mind blowing.

It was a very easy decision for us and we would like to thank Stuart and Cinderford for wanting us to help celebrate the milestone.

When I first came up with the idea of the Shield this was what I was hoping for, to have a competition that brings out the community spirit within the club and even outside of that.

With the teams we have lined up to take on Cinderford too, it is going to be a very competitive competition for everyone to enjoy.”

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