Squash Tournament

The Derek Brown Squash Handicap 2017 sponsored by Diamond Group

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Diamond Group are delighted to be 2017 sponsors of the Derek Brown Squash Handicap.

The Derek Brown Squash Handicap tournament held over the weekend of 5th/6th February 2017. 


About the Tournament

The is the second year the Derek Brown Squash Handicap tournament has been held, the event organised by Police Officer, Jason Sweeney, in memory of his close friend Derek Brown who died of cancer in 2013.  The tournament also helps to raise funds for the Bobby Robson Foundation - last year over £900 was raised and it is expected the same amount will be raised this year.

Jason explained “When I was young I admit to going off the rails a little, Derek took me under his wing and suggested I come along to play squash at the club he attended”.  Derek told Jason that playing squash would help get rid of some of his pent up frustrations, it certainly did and Jason has never looked back since.  Jason said “Derek was a lovely guy, a great sportsman and so full of life.  He loved playing squash and took it very seriously but he was also full of fun and had a great sense of humour”.  After Derek died, Jason decided to hold a squash tournament in his memory and also to raise funds.  This year the tournament was sponsored by the Diamond Group.


Overall Competition – winner Paul Lord, ex professional squash player, 1993 US Open finalist and creator of the Sabre Squash racket brand at www.sabresports.com.  Jason Sweeney finished runner up of the overall competition.


(left to right - Jason McSweeney and Paul Lord)


Plate Competition – well done to John Burns, MD of Diamond Group (who sponsored the competition), winner of the Plate, with Ben Brown runner up.

(left to right - Ben Brown and John Burns)

Player of the Tournament – this award was presented to Eve Hardie (pictured below) for her overall professionalism, commitment and efforts.