Saddleworth Rangers will this weekend attempt to break the world record for the longest ever game of touch rugby.
28 players will have to keep a game of touch going for 30 hours to beat the record, set by Waterloo Rugby Union club in 2012. On the other half of the main pitch, juniors, opposition teams and past players will take turns to also play continuously for 30 hours between them. The event takes place over the bank holiday on August 29 and 30.
The youngest teams will be doing an hour each increasing up to under 18s who’ll be going through the night with the past players.
It’s hoped the event will raise tens of thousands of pounds towards the fund for a new clubhouse. They already have a number of sponsors in place, including the nutrition company Multipower, alongside local companies and individuals who’re supporting us by paying for t-shirts, banners and balls.
They club have made a short film about the record attempt which is now online and they hope it will go viral on social media and are asking people to please share it when they see it.
South Sydney’s George Burgess is among the top RL stars who’ve recorded a video wishing the club luck and they will all be published in coming weeks in the hope of encouraging the wider rugby league family to support and donate to the cause.
If you’re on Facebook please like the Saddleworth Rangers page and support them via ‘Just Giving’ but most important is that you watch and share the film. The record attempt begins at 10am on Saturday 29 Aug and will be broken just after 4pm on the Sunday. Luckily everyone should have the Monday off work!
Chairman Shane Wilson said; “This is going to be a brilliant weekend for everyone at Rangers. We’ll have a great time, raise lots of money towards the clubhouse and hopefully write ourselves into the record books.”
“We’re going to have events on at the club over the weekend and finish with a big celebration night on the Sunday once we’ve beaten the record.”
Over the next couple of weeks advertising banners will be going up around Saddleworth to drum up support for the event. Junior parents will soon have the schedule for when it’s hoped their children will play while some parents have come together to organise a mini fun day on the Sunday afternoon. Please put the weekend in your diary and go down and support the lads.
The Challenge cup will be on the big screen on Saturday afternoon with the big celebration getting underway at 3pm on the Sunday.
For more information call Kevin Fitzpatrick on 07801 741 070.