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UK school plays its way to hockey exhibition match world record

 
 
 
 
 
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Pupils from Kingston Grammar School in south West London have made their own piece of sporting history after setting a new world record for most players in a hockey exhibition match.

The attempt took place in October with 134 players successfully taking part in the school’s 48 hour hockey marathon.

Teams of pupils were joined by staff, parents and past alumni - including several international and Olympic players - as well as a number of local clubs and school sides from all over the south of England for the event which took place over the course of three days.

The attempt beat the previous record of 119, achieved by Huizer Hockey Club at Sportpark Bestevaer in Huizen, Netherlands in 2011.

The event was masterminded by the school’s Deputy Head Mark Wallace in a bid to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research as well as the redevelopment of the school's sports facilities.

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Following confirmation that a new record had been set, staff and pupils earlier this month welcomed Alistair Richards, President of Guinness World Records, to the school for an official certificate presentation.

On receiving the certificate, Mr Wallace said: ‘My congratulations go to all those who played, supported and helped with the organisation and running of such a large scale event.

"The memories will last a lifetime, I hope, and everyone who participated has added another exciting chapter to the wonderful KGS history. What a great way to start the new term!’

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The school was also able to present a cheque for £9,296.38 to representatives from Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for their work in beating blood cancer.

Ben Sykes from the charity said, “We are so proud to be associated with this incredible record-breaking achievement. Our relationship with KGS is very special, and with their support we are getting ever closer to beating blood cancer.”

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