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UK footballers unite to smash new Guinness World Record for longest football match

£35,000 raised for British Heart Foundation and memorial to Shoreham Air Show Disaster

 

A new Guinness world record was set last weekend for the world’s longest continuous football match, in aid of the British Heart Foundation and victims of the Shoreham air show disaster.

 

36 men and women aged from 17-53 came together from areas as far flung as Yorkshire, Scotland and Northern Ireland to play 108 hours of continuous football.

 

The world record attempt started at 6am on 26th May 2016 at Lancing College, West Sussex and was held in memory of three talented footballers: Matt Chaplain, a county league footballer and respected club manager, suffered a cardiac arrest aged just 38; and Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, victims of the Shoreham Air tragedy, both died aged just 23.

 

Proceeds raised by the event, sponsored by Equiniti, will be split 50-50 between the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and towards erecting a permanent memorial to the men.

 

Mike Standing, the manager at sponsor Equiniti and project manager of the event, said: “I should like to extend an enormous thank you to all of those who helped out including both  players and the huge team behind the scenes.  We are extremely grateful for all the donations which have been received, and we are on course to raise £20,000 for The British Heart Foundation. We also want to remember those who lost their lives in the Shoreham air show disaster.”

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