A group of 28 Wellington footballers are attempting to break the world record for playing a continuous game of indoor football for 45 hours.
The women and men, all friends who play for Victoria University teams, will use the November 18-20 event to raise money for mental health support, and to raise awareness of mental health issues.
The project — called More than a Game — has already raised more than $47,000 through project and player sponsorships and donations.
The current record, as determined by the Guinness Book of Records, is 36 hours and the Wellingtonians plan to play from Friday night to Sunday night.
They will play in four-hour shifts, rotating with other players so it keeps going as a single continuous game.
Off the pitch, players will ice and stretch, wind down, shower, sleep, and then repeat until 45 hours is up. Each player will undertake six blocks of four hours playing and run/walk about 10 km in each of those shifts — the equivalent of running a marathon.
Venue for the event is the indoor football arena at Kelburn Campus, next to the Boyd Wilson field.
Main photo: Players from Victoria University who will make the world record attempt. Source: More than a Game.
Past attempt at the record
It’s not the first time a New Zealand attempt has been made for the indoor football world record.
In the mid-1970s, the national women’s team played a continuous game at Auckland’s YMCA to raise funds to get them to an overseas tournament.
The women completed 26 hours, falling short of the record which was then held by a Scottish men’s team, and raising more than $10,000.
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