The finals of the first ever InterQuest Corporate Charity Squash tournament took place on Friday 29th March, with the team from global executive search consultancy Execuzen winning, beating the NHS team by a total of 91 points to 72.
The charity team tournament was the brainchild of one of InterQuest Group PLC founding Directors, Matt Crawcour, a former professional squash player himself who commented: “The first ever InterQuest Squash tournament has been a huge success and very well received by both the corporate and squash community in the Square Mile. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated money and helped us to achieve our target of raising a total of £10,000 for Cancer Research UK and secondary charities CLIC Sargent, MacMillan and Marie Curie, as well as our tournament sponsors Grant Thornton, Colleague Software, our corporate partners: APSCO, Recruitment International and Eventis and racquet and clothing brandPrince.”
Matt Crawcour goes on to say: The tournament has created a unique opportunity for the average league squash player to experience playing on the professional all-glass Canary Wharf Classic court, whilst at the same time raising money for our charity partners. The finals between teams from Execuzen and at the NHS were highly competitive and the standard of the squash extremely high! There was only a total of 19 points separating the two teams!! On behalf of InterQuest Group Plc I would like to thank Canary Wharf Classic Tournament Directors Peter Nicol MBE and Tim Garner for all their generous support and for allowing us to use the court for the finals. We are also very grateful to all our sponsors and corporate partners for their support.”
Former World No.1 and Canary Wharf Classic Tournament Director Peter Nicol MBE commented: “We have been delighted to support the first even InterQuest Charity Squash Tournament and provide access to our professional court for the finals to take place on. I was very impressed by the level of squash and as one in three of us will get cancer at some point in our lives we are very pleased that our support has helped to raise money for the all cancer charities involved.”
Tournament Finals – Results:
Execuzen won by beating the NHS by 91 points to 72
Execuzen players: Mike Bowie, Dave Champion, Rich Hill
NHS players: Geoff Watson, Tahir Hussain, David Harris
Here’s what they said:
David Harris – Hammersmith Hospital NHS
Great fun, never played on a glass court before, good spirit, great game
Mike Bowie – Execusen
The glass court is an amazing experience
Geoffrey Watson – Hammersmith Hospital NHS
Well matched teams. Once in a lifetime experience playing on a glass court. You have even more respect for the pro’s as court is more challenging. Enjoyed the crowd support.
Richard Hill – Execusen
Really good to get on the court. Struggled with ball when high on RHS & had fun trying to see how high I could lob it!
Tahir Hussain – North West London NHS
A very well organised competition which was very enjoyable. Amazing to play on a glass court.
David Champion – Execusen
Pretty exciting in a glass court where the world’s greatest players will be in an hour’s time.
If you would like to enter a team for the InterQuest 2013 tournament or find our more information then please contact Matt Crawcour at InterQuest Group Plc on [email protected]