Lichfield Squash Club to auction off memorabilia for charity

Signed memorabilia is going up for auction as a city club prepares to mark World Squash Day.

Stars of the sport have backed the auction on eBay, organised by Lichfield Squash Club chairman James Roberts.

James Roberts receives a signed shirt from Nick Matthew

James Roberts receives a signed shirt from Nick Matthew

Lots signed by world number one Mohammed El Shorbagy, top UK player Nick Matthew and British National Champion Sarah-Jane Perry will be among the items up for grabs.

The auction will be part of World Squash Day’s attempts to raise money for UNICEF UK.

Many of the items come from James’ personal collection, while others have been donated by the players themselves and the PSA World Tour.

“It was immensely disappointing to see squash once again snubbed by the Olympics,” said James. “But the sport is determined to dust itself off, knuckle down and continue along its path of continuous improvement to build its appeal. World Squash Day is an important part of that process.

“We are hoping that the auction will raise a large sum of money for such a great cause.”

Last year saw saw two players from Lichfield compete at seven clubs in seven hours and members of the clubs involved have this year decided to host knockout tournament on October 10.

The competition takes place from 10am at Burton Manor Sports Association in Stafford and is open to players from clubs which compete in the Central Team Squash League.

James added: “Once again, we are proud to see our club so involved in World Squash Day to play our part in demonstrating what a great, enjoyable and healthy sport squash is and promoting this message across the world.

“It is great as well this year to work with our fellow clubs to run a joint event.”

Items from the auction can be found by searching for World Squash Day on eBay.

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