Indoor footballers smash world record and raise $52,000 for mental health support

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A group of 28 Wellington footballers will claim the world record for a continuous game of indoor football after playing for 45 hours at the weekend.

The Black team beat the White shirts 1,510-1,084 in a match at the Kelburn Campus of Victoria University.

There was some confusion in the countdown to the 45-hour target with players ending the game with 20 seconds to go … but regardless of what time is submitted to the Guinness Book of Records, the match eclipses the previous world record of 36 hours.

They think it’s all over … players celebrate with 22 seconds to go as they smash the world record. Photo: From the live stream of the match.

The women and men, all friends who play for Victoria University teams, staged the event to raise money for mental health support, and to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The project — called More than a Game — had raised $51,952 by the time the game ended and donations went past the $52,000 mark a few minutes later.

I AM HOPE founder Mike King told the players they had raised enough money to provide almost 600 counselling sessions for those needing help for mental health issues.

Organisers said early challenges during the game included rolled ankles and dehydration. Some players had needed fluid drips to hydrate.

Main photo: Mike King (left) photographs the players from Victoria University who will claim the world record attempt. Source: More than a Game.

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