Worthing friends aim to take on football world record

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A TEAM of Worthing footballers will take part in a world record attempt in Lancing that is expected to test their endurance.

The tremendous physical and mental challenge will see two teams play a friendly match for as long as possible.

The current record stands at 105 hours and was accomplished in July by the Craig Gowans Memorial Fund in Scotland.

Now footballers are being asked to take on the longest continuous game in honour of Worthing resident and keen player, Matt Chaplain, who tragically passed away in 2013 from a cardiac arrest.

Mike Standing of Heartbeat FC has known Matt since childhood, and thought the challenge would be an appropriate way to honour his memory.

The 39-year-old said: “This was an idea that I’ve had for a long time, back then the record stood at 48 hours.

Mike said: “Matt was going to be involved but we didn’t get many people interested in joining at the time.

“I worked with him and I’ve known his brothers since I was 10 years old – we were in the same scout group.”

Money raised will support the British Heart Foundation in its fight against heart and circulatory disease.

Mike has managed to bring together a group of friends to form a team, but 36 players are required in total and there are still many spaces to fill.

“We would like to get more people to put their names down, so if something happens to someone before the match they can take their place,” he said.

Lancing College is supporting the match and have kindly donated the venue free of charge to support the charitable event.

The group had an initial goal of £50,000 to raise between them, but they hope to exceed it.

Mike said: “If there are any businesses that want to get involved we would love to hear from them.”

The players will be raising money individually and a collection will be circulating for the duration of the match.

The game is planned to take place in May 2016, and the players will have to remain pitch side for the entire duration.

In preparation, the footballers will be starting their preparations soon.

“This is obviously an endurance event and one thing we’ve discussed is doing a night hike and then going straight into a three hour match,” he said.

If you would like to join the team or sponsor, email info@heartbeatfc.org.uk or click here for more details.

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