World Record by Worden Pupils in 2006

RECORD breakers! Talented footballers from a Leyland school jumped for joy after helping to break the "keepy uppy" world record.

The 61 boys and girls at Worden Sports College, Westfield Drive, Leyland, were among 700 youngsters across the country who simultaneously took part in the world record attempt yesterday. Fifty students managed “keepy uppies” for at least 10 seconds. Across the UK, 459 managed the 10-second challenge, breaking the previous record of 446.
Rachel Bond, the college’s administration officer, said: “It was really good, they were all very excited and very pleased once they had completed it. Years Seven to 11, boys and girls, took part.”

The event was organised by englandfans, England’s official supporters club, and The Football Association as part of the 2006 Alltogethernow campaign

Lancashire Evening Post Published 26th April 2006

World Record attempt at Worden

England soccer boss Sven-Goran Eriksson took time out from planning the nation's World Cup campaign to congratulate footy mad youngsters in Leyland for helping to clinch a world record.

Pupils at Worden Sports College, Leyland, teamed-up with the official England supporters' club, to set a new world keepy uppy' record.

Sixty pupils from Leyland, including ten girls, were among 700 children from 15 schools across the country to attempt the new world record.

Of those who took part 459 children kept a football in the air simultaneously for a minimum of ten seconds using any part of the body except their hands.

The effort, on Wednesday, April 26, narrowly beat the previous world record, set in 1999, which stood at 446.
England head coach Sven congratulated the Worden pupils for helping to set the new world record which raised money for SOS Children's Villages, the world's largest charity for orphaned and abandoned children.

He said: "Organising an event on this scale is a major achievement for the pupils at Worden Sports College and they should be congratulated on setting a new world record. Everyone who took part contributed to the success."

Paul Scarborough, assistant headteacher at Worden said the new world record was one of the highlights of Alltogethernow 2006, the campaign to promote positive fan behaviour and respect for the host country and other competing nations in the build-up to the World Cup in Germany.

Paul said: "We are delighted our children from the college joined hundreds of others throughout the country. It highlighted the importance of teamwork and co-operation. It was also be fun and has the added bonus of raising funds for an extremely worthwhile cause."

By Chris Gee
The Citizen Published 4th May 2006

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