Wold champs Massaro and Massaro battle it out for Sheffield Children’s Hospital
By FAYE ANDREWS and ALAN THATCHER
Sheffield hosts squash’s own Battle of the Sexes tomorrow (Thursday November 24th) when Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro captain opposing teams at the Steel City Cup – all in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.
The event follows Nick receiving an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University yesterday. Nick joined students from the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at their graduation ceremony at the City Hall, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Vice-Chancellor.
Former squash world champions Matthew and Massaro will lead two all-star teams during a series of fun, squash-based challenges in aid of the charity, where Matthew is patron.
Sheffield squash star Matthew has called in a host of sporting friends to have some fun on court and help the fundraising efforts. BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker will take on Sheffield Shark’s basketball captain Mike Tuck in the battle of the big men, both standing over 6ft 4in, whilst star boxers Kid Galahad and Paul ‘Silky’ Jones will swap gloves for rackets on the night.
Matthew himself will face up against fellow PSA pro and Malaysian No.1 Nafiizwan Adnan whilst Massaro will take on up talented youngster and member of the Nick Matthew Academy, Nick Wall Jr. To complete the line up James Biggin, MD of Steel City Marketing, who have been instrumental in putting the event together, will face another Nick Matthew Academy player Charlotte Jagger.
“We’ve got a brilliant line-up on both teams so it should be a lot of fun to watch,” said Matthew. “The Children’s Hospital Charity does amazing work so hopefully we’ll raise a lot of money on the night.”
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’ll be going all out to win on the night,” said Massaro. “Nick and I are really good mates and I know he’ll be ready to give me some stick if we lose!”
Nick Matthew (c)
Nick Wall Jnr
Team Steel City
Laura Massaro (c)
Paul Silky Jones
Limited tickets are still available: firstname.lastname@example.org or book via Eventbrite: https://steelcitycup.eventbrite.co.uk