Many of us have often wondered what it’d be like to break a world record – but how many of us have actually tried? It’s not often you hear of world record breaking achievements happening outside the world of elite competitive sport anymore, but in London, 16 brave friends have come together to try just that – and they want to raise over £30,000 for FBB in the process! Starting today at 8pm Wednesday 26th October, the #FBBWorldRecord crew will make an audacious attempt to break the record for the longest ever continuous 5-a-side match – with the finish planned for Saturday 29th at 8pm. The record currently stands at just over 70hrs – that’s almost 3 continuous days of football!
How can you get involved?
Come down & support if you are in London (nearest tube Balham station!), and make sure to keep an eye on our social media accounts if you can’t as the match will be livestreamed! Please make sure you watch and send through your support on social media using the #FBBWorldRecord hashtag! Please donate whatever you can here.
We spoke to the aptly named Theo Strong, one of the group’s organisers, who recently visited one of our FBB School projects with a few of his team to get an idea of the work we do.
So what does the challenge involve?
Theo: “15 friends and I will be taking to a 5-a-side pitch in London and playing football for 72 hours in an aim to break the Guinness World Record for the longest 5-a-side game of football. There are lots of technicalities on rules etc, but in short you have 2 teams, with a maximum of 8 in each squad to complete the challenge. All will be recorded and examined for official review at the end. To put the gravity of the challenge in perspective, each player will run around 150 miles, get 6-9 hours of sleep and score 30 goals in the 72 hour period!”
Are you excited?
Theo: “We cannot wait to take on this challenge! It will be the hardest thing we ever have to do but we are up for it. It will be one to tell the grand kids that I played football for 72 hours to break a Guinness world record but the most important part for us is to raise money for a fantastic cause that is Football Beyond Borders.”
What brings your group together?
Theo: “The story of our group entwines with the message that we want to send out and the core values that FBB teaches its students. We are just 16 normal people, all from different areas and different ages – but with the FBB values of focus, resilience and teamwork we know are going to achieve this monumental task! These qualities can be learnt through football and adapted into every modern day life situation to help people achieve their goals. That’s what FBB preach and it’s a message that we firmly support.”
FBB’s founder Jasper Kain is delighted to have the fundraisers involved, and said:
“We are thrilled that these 16 brave football enthusiasts are taking on not just the challenge of breaking the world record for longest 5-a-side match – but also taking on the challenge of raising money for Football Beyond Borders in the process. When they initially got in touch with the idea, they were thinking about supporting a few different charities. However, once Theo and George came down to visit one of our schools’ projects they were completely blown away by our unique methodology and by the powerful impact that we are having on young people’s lives. They saw that both in the classroom and on the pitch; the four key values we want to teach our children are Focus, Resilience, Confidence and Teamwork, all of which will be essential for their own world record challenge too. This really resonated with them. We are also delighted that one of our partner schools will be hosting the whole event – a huge thanks to Chestnut Grove Academy for making this possible! It’s been a pleasure to meet them and see how determined they are and I would wholeheartedly recommend that everyone support them in this epic challenge! The whole FBB family will be behind them!”
To find out more, check out their website: https://fbbworldrecord.com/
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Donate to support them: https://www.pledgit.net/campaign/9RTdzX/fbb-world-record-challenge