Sandbach team wins inaugural ‘Virtual’ pub quiz

Sandbach team wins inaugural ‘Virtual’ pub quiz
Sandbach team wins inaugural ‘Virtual’ pub quiz

Sandbach team wins inaugural ‘Virtual’ pub quiz

Two families from Sandbach, in Cheshire, have teamed up to win a national charity’s inaugural ‘Virtual’ pub quiz.

Caudwell Children, who provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, created Virtually The Best Pub Quiz Ever! to give members of the public a fun and sociable online experience, whilst also raising vital funds for disabled children.

Whilst entry to the online trivia quiz is free, participants are asked if they would like to make a donation during the registration process.

When a friend told 38-year-old Andy Izzard about the quiz he was determined to enter a virtual team into the competition, which takes place on YouTube every Thursday evening between 8.15pm-9.15pm.

“Obviously, I enlisted my wife Hannah, as she has great all round knowledge,” explained Andy, who is a logistics consultant in a family business. “My nine-year-old daughter, Emily, was brought in to keep the drinks topped up whilst my six-year-old, Elsie, was included in case any CBeebies questions came up.”

Having established half of the team Andy invited his old school friend Richard Atwood, and his family to get involved.

The 41-year-old jumped at the chance at recreating the convivial atmosphere that he and Andrew used to enjoy in The Limes pub, in Sandbach, in the days before the pair had children.

“Since we’ve both had children we rarely get to enjoy a night out in our favourite boozer, taking part in a brain teasing pub quiz,” continued Andrew. “As we’re all working from home now, and as our households are not speaking so much due to the coronavirus crisis, I knew Richard would love to get involved.

“Jackie, his wife, was the main player and the born leader of the house, whilst their nine-year-old son Harry, acquitted himself well with his answers of Zidane and Batman.

“Their five-year-old daughter Molly, mainly enjoyed herself by dancing in the background.

“I only made an impact in the sports and football rounds as, until recently, I travelled the country watching my favourite team, the might Watford.

“Richard, well he just tried hard to join in!”

The virtual experience also involves the use of FaceTime, to enable teammates to see each other and discuss possible answers during the quiz.

“We had YouTube on a large television running alongside FaceTime, and it worked really well,” enthused Andy. “It was great fun and as we’ve not seen very much of each other recently we had a great time, and the children particularly enjoyed it.”

Hannah Cope, from Caudwell Children, wasn’t surprised by the response of the public to the inaugural weekly quiz and anticipates more players registering in the coming weeks. She said: “With the country effectively in lockdown trips to the pub with your mates or your work colleagues aren’t going to happen again any time soon.

“After just a few weeks people are already sick of watching the same old repeats on television and they’ve probably exhausted all the films and box sets on Netflix.

“With enforced isolation it’s no surprise that people are missing their mates, and having some good old fashioned banter in their favourite local pub.

“During the current coronavirus crisis it’s important to stay healthy, both physical and mentally, so by keeping your mind sharp each week by testing yourself on a range of subjects including food, drink and sport, you’ll be helping to maintain you’re wellbeing.”

Andy was shocked to have won but says the team will continue to play whatever the result. As he concluded: “I think we got 48 points and when we found out that we’d won it was a real surprise.

“It’s a great idea and whilst there are a number of virtual quizzes out there the fact that this one gives you the opportunity to donate to such a worthy cause makes a difference.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of friends and members of my family, and they’re all going to register to play this week.

“We really appreciate all the charity’s efforts as a bit of light relief is much needed at the moment, so we’ll continue to play regardless of winning or not.”

To find out more and to register to play online for free visit the website here.

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