Sheffield team aiming for squash record

Hallamshire Squash Club, who will make the record attempt this month
Hallamshire Squash Club, who will make the record attempt this month
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A Sheffield sports team will attempt to break a world record next week, to raise funds for a national children’s charity.

The Hallamshire Tennis, Squash and Racketball club will attempt the longest game of squash singles ever held, on November 20, to coincide with the NSPCC’s ‘Go Green’ day in the city.

Four members of the Hallamshire team, based on Ecclesall Road, will play against one another for 36 hours straight.

John Mullins, head squash and racketball coach from the Hallamshire, said: “There’s a real buzz around the club, with players putting in extra hours of training.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic atmosphere throughout the 36 hours as we attempt to raise as much money as possible.”

The record attempt is just one of many ‘Go Green’ fundraising events in the city next week, to raise money for the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service.

The service provides volunteers to primary schools across the region to help young children, aged nine to 11, understand what abuse is and how to stay safe. The Hallamshire team is hoping to raise £6,960 which would enable the ChildLine Schools Service to reach 580 local primary school children in South Yorkshire.

Claire Reading, NSPCC community fundraising manager, said: “We’re delighted and very grateful to the Hallamshire team for their support with this fantastic event, and wish them the best of luck.”

The world record for the longest squash match is 31 hours, 35 minutes and 34 seconds.