On Saturday 29th October at 8pm, 16 FBB supporters became FBB Family legends as they completed an unimaginable feat through blood sweat and tears to break the WORLD RECORD for the longest ever continuous 5-a-side match! For 72 hours straight, from Wednesday to Saturday, they played in the sports hall at Chestnut Grove Academy to become world record breakers. We asked them a few questions to find out how they did it!
What does it feel like to be a world record breaker?
Theo: “Couldn’t be happier. After all the work that went into it, the training, the organisation, to come out the other side with a record (hopefully) is really special and something that we will all hold onto for a long time.”
Matt: “Words can’t describe the feeling, it’s a deeply satisfying and precious achievement that no one can take away. I’m so proud of all of the lads who took part, but also of everyone who helped out and made it possible. Lastly, I’m so relieved we chose FBB at the beginning of this journey, you won’t find a more positive, committed and warm charity in London, who are clearly doing some great work where it really counts. It’s slowly sinking in, and feels truly epic.”
How did your body feel when you woke up the day after?
Stuart: “The body felt pretty sore. Most the of my joints from the waist down seem to have stopped working but other than that I felt pretty good. Ready to go again…”
Theo: “Surprisingly OK!! A few of the lads had very sore feet, just through the impact of the sports hall on the balls of your feet and blisters are prominent! I think a bath is the order of the day!!”
Describe how the challenge affected you physically and mentally?
Matt: “The last few days have taught me the a lot of lessons about my own body, and the extent I can take it to – although I won’t forget the pain in the soles of my feet and knees in a long long time. Mentally, I’ll never underestimate the power of a square meal again, and as corny as it sounds there’s a lot of truth in Muhammad Ali’s quote “Impossible is just a big word thrown around..”
What kept you going through some of the toughest hours?
Theo: “Friday morning 3-7am. This was by far the hardest, not even half way and muscle fever setting in made this stint so challenging. But fortunately having a fantastic team, everyone pulled together and there was not a chance that we weren’t going to get through.”
Matt: “In all honesty at those times it wasn’t about the football at all, it was the fact that some of the guys were still cracking gags at 4 in the morning with two days to go. That takes some chutzpah.”
How many people came down to visit (estimate)?
Stuart: “Approximately a thousand over the three days!”
How many refs and timekeepers were involved throughout?
Stuart: “100 timekeepers and over 50 refs”
What were some of the funniest moments?
Stuart: “Looking back on it I would say the ‘graveyard shifts’ were actually pretty amusing. Who gets up after 1 hours sleep to play 5 hours of football in the middle of the night??? Other than that then pretty much all of it really. It was a really top group of guys and I had a fantastic time playing with everyone. A lot of gallows humour flying around in the graveyard shifts.”
How does it feel to have already raised almost £13,000k for the charity?
Matt: “Amazing, and humbling. People are awesome, aren’t they? Let’s push for more!”
Stuart: “It is a fantastic feeling, although I do hope we are able to still do more.”
How does the process now work with Guinness World Records?
Theo: “We need to get all the evidence in – videos, logs, press releases, etc. then Guinness will review it and (hopefully) make it an official title!