Nottingham’s pro squash team, Air-IT Nottingham, started the 2013/2014 season as they mean to go on, with a 3-2 win over Premier Squash League (PSL) newcomers Coolhurst London on Tuesday 22nd October.
Air-IT Nottingham Players Charlton and Clyne warming up
The match also saw the launch of a brand new sponsorship deal, led by Air-IT – which came just in time to secure the team’s future in the Premier Squash League (PSL).
Playing at their home venue, Nottingham Squash Rackets Club (NSRC), Air-IT Nottingham treated the sell-out crowd to five gripping matches on courts 9 and 10.
Tim Garratt, Club Chairman & Innes England Director, Sam Pinkham MC and Todd McQuilkin, Air-IT MD
Kicking off with the only ladies game of the evening, Air-IT Nottingham’s Emma Beddoes gave a convincing performance on court 10, dispatching Coolhurst’s Lauren Selby 11-6, 11-5, 11-3.
Meanwhile, local boy Chris Fuller was engaged in an epic battle on court 9 with Coolhurst player Adam Auckland, eventually running out the winner 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 8-11, 11-2, in what was by far the longest game of the evening.
Emma Beddoes versus Lauren Selby
Air-IT Nottingham’s third win came in the shape of Eddie Charlton, the Nottingham number two, who defeated Coolhurst’s Ben Coleman 11-6, 11-9, 17-15 in a lengthy and, at times, controversial, game.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the London team, with German number one Simon Rosner routing Nottingham’s Alan Clyne 5-11, 9-11, 8-11, and Steve London seeing off University of Nottingham student and star player Dave Wardle, 9-11, 9-11, 5-11.
Eddie Charlton versus Ben Coleman
‘Our boys and girl played fantastically well,’ commented Air-IT MD, Todd McQuilkin. ‘I was so pleased to see Air-IT Nottingham win their first match of the season – and it made me very proud to see them playing in Air-IT colours.’
For full match report and coverage of the opening event please see Nottingham Post report.
An Evening of Sports and Social Networking
The Launch Night began with a special reception for sponsors and their guests, held in the Sponsors’ Lounge at NSRC, where local business people mingled with players, supporters and sponsors before taking their courtside seats. In total, around 160 people turned up to support both teams – an excellent turnout.
Sell out crowd at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club
Gem AM Breakfast Show host and MC for the evening, Sam Pinkham, then announced the players for both teams and Air-IT Nottingham arrived on court sporting their brand new kits, designed in Air-IT’s distinctive black and orange colours. The shirts also feature our logo and the logos of the team’s four other shirt sponsors: Fantasy Squash, Press Association Images, Innes England and Gleeds.
After the match, there were more opportunities for informal networking in the bar and lounge before players and supporters headed home for a well-earned rest.
Sponsors reception and networking
‘It was a truly enjoyable evening for everyone concerned – and a fitting way to launch the new sponsorship deal for Air-IT Nottingham,’ says Todd. ‘I’m already looking forward to the next home match on 19 November, where our guys will be taking on the University of Birmingham pro squash team.’