Players needed for Sheffield record attempt

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STAFF from BBC Radio Sheffield are appealing for budding footballers to take part in a record-breaking charity event.

Sheffield journalists, along with reporters from BBC 5 Live, are attempting to break the Guiness World Record for the most players in a five-a-side football match in a 24-hour period.

Martyn Weston, editor at BBC Radio Sheffield, said: “We hope to break the record, but we need lots of players to do it.

“The match is in October so people need to get in quick - in the next couple of weeks - if they are interested.”

BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk presenter Colin Murray and Robbie Savage of 606 will also play in the final stint of the record attempt.

The event will raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Martyn said: “It’s exciting and terribly relevant for the city. 
“Sheffield and the region is surrounded by football clubs. Sheffield has the longest-running football club in the world and most people are United or Wednesday.”

The current five-a-side record is 441 players in an event in Paris, France, in January 2011.

Players will have a minimum of 10 minutes on the pitch and the game starting at 2pm on Friday, October 12 at Sheffield United Academy, will run for a 24 hours while Guinness World Record adjudicators supervise.

See www.bbc.co.uk/5live to sign up to take part.