Tier 4 Community Shield underway
The Tier 4 Community Shield involves clubs from each of the regional summer leagues and starts locally in a similar manner to the successful Champion Schools structure before the national stages which sees 32 teams involved around the country.
Each regional league is allocated two places in the last 32 with the exception of Yorkshire and the North West who each have eight places.
Each of the separate regions also have their own unique structure in place to determine the teams which will represent their region in the national stages with timings arranged to suit the clubs in that area. These games will take place over the next few weeks with a number of teams in action this weekend from the Midlands, London and South East, East and South West.
Gloucester Warriors are one of the teams in action this weekend as they take on Somerset Vikings to determine the last 16 representative from the South West.
Gloucester Warriors Head Coach Steve Lee said: “I’m looking forward to the game, cup games have a different atmosphere and I think the lads will enjoy it. It gives them the chance to see how much they’ve progressed from the last game.
“Don’t get me wrong, we’re going to try and win the game but without the pressure of league points at stake, the boys can enjoy themselves.”
There will be an open draw for the last 16 clubs with games to be played on the weekend of Saturday July 28.
The Quarter Finals are scheduled to place on Saturday September 1 with the Semi Finals on Saturday September 22 before the competition culminates in the Final at Ince Rose Bridge on Saturday October 7.
The Tier 4 Community Shield regional leagues involves teams from the following regional competitions:
Yorkshire Men’s League
North West Men’s League
Midlands Men’s League (two teams from both East and West Midlands)
North East Men’s League
South West (South West Men’s League and West of England Men’s League)
London and South Men’s League
East Men’s League