Canary Wharf tenants Citigold Wealth Management sponsor sell-out Classic and Corporate Challenge
By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor
The Canary Wharf Classic, long established as one of the best tournaments on the world calendar, has a new title sponsor. The tournament will now be known as the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic. It is the second largest PSA Tour event in Europe, after the British Open.
The 2019 event returns in March and squash fans will soon join the annual clamouring for tickets when they go on sale in October. The tournament has completely sold out (every ticket, every day) for the past seven years. Next year promises to be no exception as the tournament cements its links with the world of finance.
As one of the founders of the event, alongside the Eventis trio of Tim Garner, Peter Nicol MBE and Angus Kirkland, it has been a joy to see the tournament develop into one of the most successful squash tournaments in the world.
We all hope that Citigold will enjoy their partnership with the Canary Wharf Classic as we continually strive to raise the standards of presentation alongside our host partners, Canary Wharf Group, who have been incredibly supportive and constantly innovative throughout the formation and development of the tournament.
The superb East Wintergarden venue has become firmly established as one of the most iconic locations on the PSA World Tour, and the installation of a jumbotron screen above the front wall enabled the tournament to play a key role in the initial trials of the video review system.
Earlier this year became it became the first ranking PSA World Tour event to use a best-of-three scoring format during the first round and quarter-finals, reverting to best-of-five for the semi-finals and final. A strong field yielded an all-Egyptian quartet in the semi-finals, with Egypt’s World No.1 and world champion Mohamed ElShorbagy taking the honours after beating Tarek Momen in a pulsating final.
Citi’s partnership with the tournament organisers will kick off at this year’s popular Corporate Challenge, an event that hosts teams formed by Canary Wharf occupants, who battle it out in the hope to be named best corporate squash team in London.
The competition will be launched in October and will be rebranded the Citigold Wealth Management Corporate Challenge. The finals will be held next March as the teams rub shoulders with the professionals on the glass court.
“We are thrilled to welcome Citigold Wealth Management on board as title partner of the event and look forward to working with them. We have been searching for a title partner that fits with the event’s premium status and ideally is a tenant at Canary Wharf, so are very excited to have been able to achieve this with Citi’s involvement,” said Tournament Director Garner. “Citigold Wealth Management is one of the most prominent wealth management organisations in London, and we are pleased to be able to add them to our extensive portfolio of sponsors.”
Salman Haider, Head of UK Consumer Bank and International Personal Bank EMEA, Citi, commented: “We are pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2019 Canary Wharf Squash Classic tournament. It is great to support such a prestigious event and one that is held right on the doorstep of our Citigold lounge in Canary Wharf.”
Since inception, the Canary Wharf Squash Classic has always had very close links with Canary Wharf Group. Lucie Moore, Head of Arts+Events commented: “Canary Wharf Group has supported the Squash Classic for over 15 years and we have seen it develop into the PSA World Tour event that it is today.
“We are delighted to have the event secured for an additional three years as it forms a key highlight in our varied arts and events programme. We look forward to welcoming Citigold Wealth Management, one of our longstanding tenants, as the title partner and staging the finals of the 2019 Corporate Challenge in our iconic East Wintergarden.”
The Corporate Challenge was first held in 1983 under the name ‘The Square Mile Squash Competition’ and has become a staple of the Canary Wharf Squash Classic, hosting some of London’s most influential corporations. The 2018 edition was won by Aviva Investors, who defeated OC&C Strategy Consultants in the final.
Garner added: “The Corporate Challenge has been an intrinsic part of the Canary Wharf Squash Classic for a number of years and we are looking forward to activating the partnership with the latest instalment of the event.”
DIARY DATES: The 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic will see the tournament celebrate its 16th edition at the East Wintergarden from March 3-8.
TICKETS: Tickets will go on sale in early October.
CITIGOLD WEALTH MANAGEMENT CORPORATE CHALLENGE: Entries are now open for this team event for three players. To enter a team, please contact [email protected]
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Live action from the tournament will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while mainstream channels across the globe will show coverage of the semi-finals and final, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.
EVENT WEBSITE: Please visit www.citigoldcanarywharf.com
About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf, will provide up to 3,600 new homes, 2.8m sq ft of office space, 380,000 sq ft of retail space and over eight acres of public spaces, squares and parks. There will also be a GP surgery and a two-form primary school for 420 children.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.
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About Citigold Wealth Management
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