The longest 5-a-side Football match ever.

The longest 5-a-side Football match ever.
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I’m sitting on my bedroom floor because I am packing to go refereeing, for 10 hours, on Friday night. Basically, this amazing charity Football Beyond Borders are breaking the world record for the longest game of five-a-side football ever held. They are playing as we speak. 16 blokes have been playing since Wednesday evening and I’m joining them for a measly 10 hours from 10pm tonight to 8am tomorrow morning. The players are playing in black and white so I’ve gone for a red top. I’ve got scissors, for these. (For blisters). Watch Whistle This is what I’m really looking forward to, is my sleeping bag. Apparently I get two hour’s rest. They’ve been playing for over 40 hours now and I’m coming to do a short ten-hour shift which in comparison to them seems like minuscule. So I’ve just arrived. As you can see they’re playing behind me The score is in the thousands, each, and they’re doing incredibly well. Actually pretty humbling to be here because these guys have put so much effort into all the hours they’ve played so far. Feeling okay actually, 48 hours in and we’ve got a night ahead which will be quite hard work. When everyone sort of goes and we’ve got just us, the referees and the timekeepers. And it gets very quiet. We open the door, but it’s all pitch black outside so it’s quite hard work. I asked actually the group, and every single person said let’s do it for sort of giving back to the community. So we came across Football Beyond Borders went down to a project that they’ve got down in Croydon at the Archbishop Lanfranc school Instantly, we all got on, we were straight on board with them then. So Football Beyond Borders is an educational charity which takes the passion for football and uses it as an educational tool to essentially help the children to regain their focus and joy and passion, to [for] school. The people who broke the last World Record scored 815 goals combined. Our current score is 1280 all. I don’t know what my personal tally is – hopefully it will be three figures. So I’m literally just about to go on I’m about to swap with the ref. Like, seriously, how can you prepare for this sort of thing? Let’s hit it. It feels like we’re grown our community supporter base and as a small charity we’re still only registered as a charity in 2014 We still only work with 300 young people but we wanna continue to expand, we need more and more people to support us at a real grassroots community level so this means a huge amount. More than just the already amazing £12,000 that they’ve raised and which will continue to grow More than that, it’s the passion and dedication that all these people put in which shows, to be honest, it proves the impact that we’re having because they came down to our schools, they saw what we were doing first hand, and I think that’s a demonstration. If they’re willing to put their bodies on the line literally, because it’s been so physically painful for them to do this, It just shows how much, you know, the work that we’re doing with young people is having an impact and yeah, it makes me so proud to see that people believe in what we’re doing. What’s been the hardest part of this challenge for you? The nights. The nights have been miserable. You know what, it’s strange but the goalkeeper stint is actually the worst one Because you stand there, and you just seize up. I’d also quite like a normal conversation I’ve been talking about nothing but football for the last three days Have a chat, watch Strictly Come Dancing, get a few beers in. I need to give a special shoutout to Mr. Malik who’s actually a teacher at Chesnut Grove to agree, four weeks ago because someone dropped out to jump into the team. I haven’t taken them off, I haven’t changed them. You haven’t taken off your shoes? You’ve slept with them? Yep. We work with 300 young people at the moment across 18 school programs in London we wanna continue to work in more schools in London, but the cost is often prohibitive for a school to pay for espcially some of the schools we’re working in. The idea would be to continue expanding across London and, hopefully, across the UK. We believe we have a model that works with young people and we believe the impact that we’re having – we can demonstrate that through statistics, through figures, improving attendance, improving behaviour for learning improving even the attainment of a lot of students that we’re working with. So we think that we can continue to do that, we need a proper community-base that can support us, so depending on how much they raise we hope to be able to open at least three new school programmes next year starting September so, this is fantastic and it will transform a lot of young peoples’ lives. 2-1

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