Trailblazing Manchester squash event to raise funds and awareness
The second running of the Northern Joe Cup at Fairways Lodge and Cheetham Hill squash clubs in North Manchester, takes place From the 29th July to the 2nd of August
By The Brain Tumour Charity
The Northern Joe Cup is a festival of squash designed to both showcase the amazing sport that is squash as well as raising awareness of brain tumours and funds for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The 2021 event raised over £10,000 for the charity and saw over 200 people playing squash in professional, graded and team events over the five days including 60 children from local schools in attendance on the first day to watch and get a taster of the sport. The tournament concluded on the Sunday, Finals Day, with two hotly contested and well supported matches for the professional players.
This year’s event will include a Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger Tour 5K Men’s and Women’s event with almost 50 professional players with many of the world’s top 100 competing. In addition, there will be an amateur team tournament, an individual amateur graded event along with junior squash camps and evening squash coaching clinics.
The Joe in question is Joe Rawcliffe who died at the age of 26 in January 2020 from an aggressive brain tumour.
Richard Rawcliffe, Joe’s father and the organiser of the tournament, explained his motivation for creating a charity fundraising event around a squash tournament:
Evie Wragg, Community Fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We remain hugely grateful for the continued support from Richard and the Northern Joe Cup, everyone involved in Joe’s name are a huge inspiration to all our community and we wish everyone luck for the upcoming tournament.