February 19, 2020

BBC Radio Shropshire is to broadcast the final of the NIHL National Cup between Telford Tigers and Peterborough Phantoms.

The station will report live on the first leg from Peterborough on Friday March 6, with then full commentary on the return match at Telford Ice Rink five days later on Wednesday March 11 in a special programme starting at 7pm.

BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Paul Shuttleworth – also an ice hockey referee and coach – will lead the commentary team with presenter Mark Elliott and the Great Britain women’s captain Saffron Allen summarising.

Shuttleworth said: “I’m really looking forward to combining my passions for ice hockey and radio. We follow Tigers’ progress all year round, and we absolutely want to be there to celebrate this huge moment with them.”

NIHL media officer Craig Simpson added: “We are delighted to have BBC Radio Shropshire with us at the National Cup Final, and bring live coverage to those who cannot make it to the game.

“A lot of our clubs have a local BBC station in their catchment area and already get great coverage.  We hope others will look to follow BBC Radio Shropshire’s lead with live coverage of showpiece games.”

BBC Radio Shropshire is available on 96FM in Shropshire, worldwide via the BBC Sounds app and at bbc.co.uk/radioshropshire, and across much of the West Midlands on DAB and Freeview channel 721.